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Sensuality and Textuality: Experiencing the 18th Century Book

Abby Broughton

Abby R. Broughton is a current Ph.D. student in the Department of French and Italian at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Current research interests include 20th century queer literature, specifically exploring the presence and role of feminine sexuality, gender and identity politics, the erotic, and explicit portrayals of the body. Other interests include theater across the centuries, language pedagogy, and the digital humanities.

Kate Devine

Kathryn Devine is a current Ph.D. student in the Department of French and Italian at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her current research centralizes on questions of identity and illness, specifically “female madness,” as constructed in literature and psychoanalysis in the 19th century. Specifically, she is interested in how the space of this “madness” might permit itself to be expressed through artistic endeavors and the “writing” of the female body.

Bonnie Griffin

Bonnie Griffin is a current Ph.D. student in the Department of French and Italian at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her primary research interests are in Postcolonial Francophone Literature, Modern French Literature, and Postmodern Literature. She is particularly interested in understanding the ties between Belgium and the former Belgian Congo.

Cara Wilson

Cara Wilson is a current Ph.D. student in the Department of French and Italian at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Cara plans to explore the complex roles of women and gender-based violence during World War II France by examining the works of women writers, such as Irène Némirovsky, Marguerite Duras, and Charlotte Delbo. Cara hopes to focus on instances of shaving or veiling the heads of women as a way of silencing female sexuality among three distinct religious and cultural traditions within France.