We are thrilled to be adding French Professor Aurora Wolfgang and Portuguese Professor Leonora Paula to our team! Please join us in welcoming these two new professors to the RCS Department!
I am coming to MSU after teaching at California State University, San Bernardino. My attraction to MSU is the great support given here to pursue my research interests. The main focus of my research has been on the works of 17th- and 18th-century women writers in France and the gender politics in literature during this exciting period. I am currently finishing a new translation of and introduction to Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve's celebrated fairy-tale "Beauty and the Beast" written in 1740. While everyone knows her story, very few people know it was written by a woman or that it is an expression of the gender politics of the period, for example, the story promotes a women's right to choose who to marry, to be free of sexual violence, and to have her feelings valued and attended to in a marriage. None of these things were the norm for the period, and so Villeneuve's fairy tale presents an ideal world, but one that women had been militating for in their fictional works for a long time. Moreover, Villeneuve is following in the footsteps of other important 17th-century women writers, those who popularized the genre of the fairy tale during the previous century (Mesdames de D'Aulnoy, Murat, Bernard, L'Heritier) and the novel. (Scudéry, Lafayette). This work will be published by the Center for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, University of Toronto (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe) in 2018.
The Portuguese Department would like to welcome Professor Leonora Paula. Professor Paula will be joining us after teaching at Rice University. She will have 25% appointment with RCS and 75% appointment with RCAH. She will be teaching one Portuguese class a year.