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Department of French and Italian
Abigail Stahl Graduate Student

Abigail Stahl

Abigail Stahl is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of French and Italian. She received her B.A. in Political Science and French & Francophone Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2004. After a year of working as an assistante d'anglais at a high school in Lorraine, she returned to Notre Dame to complete an M.A. in French & Francophone Studies in 2006 as part of a BA/MA program. Her primary research interests are 18th and early 19th century French literature. She is currently working on her dissertation, entitled “Germaine de Staël: Interpreting the French Enlightenment.”  This project explores the relationship between Staël’s theories and practice of literature and those of her French predecessors in order to highlight Staël’s innovations and to explore the (re)definition of ‘the Enlightenment’ they constitute and the implications of such a redefinition for our contemporary understanding of this period. Her other interests are 18th and 19th century aesthetic theory, historiography of the French Revolution and depictions of the Revolution in literature.