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Department of French and Italian
Sylvie Romanowski Faculty

(847) 491-2772
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1860 S Campus Drive

Sylvie Romanowski

Sylvie Romanowski (Ph. D., Yale, 1969) specializes in the literature of the 17th and 18th centuries, and is also interested in the field of women's studies. She is the author of L'illusion chez Descartes: la structure du discours cartésien (1974), and Through Strangers' Eyes: Fictional Foreigners in Old Regime France (2005), which contains chapters on Montaigne, Montesquieu, Graffigny, Voltaire, and Claire de Duras. She has also written on Malraux, Cyrano de Bergerac, Molière, Racine, Rousseau, Colette, and Ernaux. She translated Alexander von Humboldt's Essai sur la géographie des plantes (1807) and wrote an essay on a plate accompanying that work, published by the University of Chicago Press (2009). She has recently given a paper, “Le huis clos tragique de Comme deux frères [2007] de Maryse Condé” for a conference in Montréal on Francophone Theatre in the Americas since 1968, and a paper, “Rousseau’s Confessions: les métamorphoses d’une forme” for a conference on the pedagogy of French literature held at Notre-Dame University (Ind.). . She teaches the literature of the 17th and 18th centuries, particularly novels and theater, from a perspective that combines studying literary form and style and situates these works in their historical, social, and philosophical context. She also teaches writing by women in the eighteenth and the twentieth centuries from a similar multi-layered perspective. She is a member of the North American Society for French Seventeenth-Century Literature, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the American Association of Teachers of French, and the Modern Language Association.


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