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Alexandra K Wettlaufer


Associate FacultyPhD, Columbia University

Professor in the Department of French and Italian, College of Liberal Arts
Alexandra K Wettlaufer

Contact

  • Phone: 471-1442, 471-7289
  • Office: CLA 2.102, HRH 3.104C
  • Campus Mail Code: G3600

Interests


19th-century literature, visual arts, culture, and gender studies in France and Britain

Biography



CONTACT INFORMATION
Office: 512-471-7289
E-mail: akw@austin.utexas.edu 

WEB PAGE
http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/frenchitalian/faculty/akw60


BIOGRAPHY
Alexandra K. Wettlaufer is a Professor of French and Comparative Literature, specializing in 19th-century literature, visual arts, culture, and gender studies. A recipient of a 2014-15 Guggenheim Fellowship, Professor Wettlaufer is currently working on a book project entitled "Reading George: Sand, Eliot and the Novel in France and Britain, 1830-1900." She is the author of three previous books: Pen vs Paintbrush: Girodet, Balzac and the Myth of Pygmalion in Post-Revolutionary France (2001), In the Mind's Eye: The Visual Impulse in Diderot, Baudelaire and Ruskin (2003), and Portraits of the Artist as a Young Woman: Painting and the Novel in France and Britain, 1800-1860 (2011).  She has published numerous articles on Balzac, Sand, Baudelaire, Zola, Manet, Ruskin, Turner, Berlioz, Grandville, and Flora Tristan; her article "She is Me: Tristan, Gauguin, and the Dialectics of Colonial Identity" (Romanic Review,2007) was awarded the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Essay Prize, Honorable Mention.  Professor Wettlaufer has received fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, ACLS, Bourse Marandon, the Clark Art Institute, and the National Humanities Center.  Her teaching awards include a President's Associates' Teaching Award, the Blunk Memorial Professorship in Teaching and Advising, a Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Award, a Liberal Arts Council Teaching Award, and University Coop Award for Undergraduate Thesis Advising.  She is the Co-Editor of Nineteenth-Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal and serves on the Editorial Boards of European Romantic Review, Nineteenth-Century Studies, George Sand Studies, and Dix-Neuf. Professor Wettlaufer has also served on the Advisory Boards of the American Comparative Literature Association, Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, and on the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association.  Professor Wettlaufer is a core faculty member of Comparative Literature, Women's and Gender Studies, and European Studies.  She is the Associate Director of the Plan II Honors Program.
 
 

Courses


WGS 345 • Fictions Of The Self/Other

46250 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 930am-1100am WEL 3.260
(also listed as CTI 345, EUS 347, F C 349)

FC 349

Fictions of the Self and Other

 

Description:

            This course focuses on representative works from 19th- and 20th-century French fiction, from Balzac’s Realism to the present. We consider literature in its relation to history, culture, and society, with special attention to both form and style in the development of the novel, poetry, and theatre.  The class includes a visit to the Blanton Museum and a session at the HRC examining rare books and manuscripts by the authors we are studying.

 

Texts:

Balzac, Le Père Goriot

Sand, Gabriel

Baudelaire, The Parisian Prowler (Spleen de Paris)

Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Colette, The Vagabond

Proust, Swann’s Way

Sartre, No Exit

Camus, Exile and the Kingdom

Duras, The Lover

 

Grading:

Participation:   20%

In-Class Presentation: 20%

Short paper: 20%

Final paper outline: 10%

Final paper: 30%

 

WGS 393 • Revolutions In Gender & Genre

48247 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm BEN 1.118
(also listed as FR 390M)

FR 390M

REVOLUTIONS IN GENDER AND GENRE

IN 19th-CENTURY FRANCE

 

 

Chateaubriand, Atala

Staël, Corinne

Hugo, Hernani

Balzac, Le Père Goriot

Sand, Indiana

Baudelaire, Le Spleen de Paris

Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Zola, Nana

Huysmans, A rebours

Course packet of critical texts

 

            In this course we will consider representative texts from the major nineteenth-century movements—Romanticism, Realism, Idealism, Naturalism and Decadence—in terms of their revolutionary form and content, with special attention to the ways in which each of these authors addresses the questions of self and other in society.  We will read novels, a play, and prose poetry, as well as critical texts from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

           

 

Grading:

 

Participation:                           20%

In-class presentation:              20%

Short paper (5-7 pp):               20%

Final paper (20 pp):                 40%    

 

WGS 345 • Fictions Of The Self And Other

47125 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CAL 200
(also listed as C L 323, CTI 345, EUS 347, F C 349)

In this course we will examine representative works from 19th and 20th-century French literature, from Balzac’s Realism of the 1830s to Duras’s post-modern novel of the 1980s.  We will consider literature in its relation to history, with special attention both to form and style in the development of narrative, prose poetry and avant-garde theatre.  All students will be expected to give one in-class presentation on an aspect of French culture and history related to one of the works we are reading, and this presentation will be turned into a brief (5-7 page) paper.  A final paper on a French novel from this period not included on the syllabus will be due the last day of class.

WGS 393 • Gender/Space/Place 19-C France

47207 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm HRH 2.106C
(also listed as FR 390M)


Gendered Geographies:

Space, Place, and Identity in 19th-Century France

 

 

Required Texts:

 

Staël, Corinne, ou l’Italie

Chateaubriand, Atala

Duras, Ourika

Sand, Indiana

Balzac, Le Père Goriot

Baudelaire, Le Spleen de Paris

Flaubert, L’Education sentimentale

Zola, Nana

Rachilde, Monsieur Vénus

Course packet of critical texts

 

            In this course we will consider the questions of gender, genre, space, and place in nineteenth-century France.   In our readings of texts from the Romantic movement through Realism, Naturalism, and Decadence, we will focus on the various ways male and female authors use the ideas of nation, home, city, country, center, and periphery to delineate identities and the ways in which these places and spaces become gendered.  Moreover, we will consider ideas of travel, mobility, circulation, geography, mapping, the exotic/erotic, home, and “away” an in each of these works, both through nineteenth-century critical texts (including excerpts from Staël’s De l’Allemagne, Baudelaire’s Le Peintre de la vie moderne,  Zola’s Le Roman expérimental, etc) as well as readings from contemporary critics such as Foucault, Bourdieu, Bachelard, Benjamin, Terdiman, and Bhabha.

 

Course Requirements and Grading:

 

            Class Participation:                 20%

            In-class presentation:             20%

            Short paper:                           20%

            Final paper:                            40%

 

WGS 345 • Fictions Of The Self And Other

47015 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CAL 200
(also listed as C L 323, CTI 345, EUS 347, F C 349)

Description :  In this course we will examine representative works from 19th and 20th-century French literature, from Balzac’s Realism of the 1830s to Duras’s post-modern novel of the 1980s.  We will consider literature in its relation to history, with special attention both to form and style in the development of narrative, prose poetry and avant-garde theatre.  All students will be expected to give one in-class presentation on an aspect of French culture and history related to one of the works we are reading, and this presentation will be turned into a brief (5-7 page) paper.  A final paper on a French novel from this period not included on the syllabus will be due the last day of class.

Required Texts

Balzac, Old Goriot

Baudelaire, Spleen de Paris

Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Proust, Swann’s Way

Colette, The Vagabond

Camus, Exile and the Kingdom

Sartre, No Exit

Duras, The Lover

WGS 345 • Fictions Of The Self And Other

47125 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CAL 21
(also listed as C L 323, CTI 345, EUS 347, F C 349)

Possible Texts:

 

Balzac, Old Goriot

Baudelaire, Spleen de Paris

Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Proust, Swann’s Way

Colette, The Vagabond

Camus, Exile and the Kingdom

Sartre, No Exit

Duras, The Lover

 

Description

In this course we will examine representative works from 19th and 20th-century French literature, from Balzac’s Realism of the 1830s to Duras’s post-modern novel of the 1980s.  We will consider literature in its relation to history, with special attention both to form and style in the development of narrative, prose poetry and avant-garde theatre.  All students will be expected to give one in-class presentation on an aspect of French culture and history related to one of the works we are reading, and this presentation will be turned into a brief (5-7 page) paper.  A final paper on a French novel from this period not included on the syllabus will be due the last day of class.

 

 

Publications


Wettlaufer, AK (2011) Portraits of the Artist as a Young Woman: Painting and the Novel in France and Britain, 1800-1860 (Columbus: Ohio University Press).

Wettlaufer, A.K. (2010) Artistic Self-Fashioning and Female Community: Travel Narratives and the Construction of Female Artistic Identity in the Nineteenth Century. In T. Mangum (Ed.), A Cultural History of Women in the Age of Empire. Oxford: Berg.

Wettlaufer, A.K. (2010, March) Sisters in Art: Shaping Artistic Identity in Anna Mary Howitt's Fiction and Painting. Victorian Review

 

Wettlaufer, A.K. (2008, April) Hands Off: Gender, Anxiety, and Artistic Identity in the Atelier in Boilly, Mayer and Balzac. XIX: Journal of the Society of Dix-Neuviemistes, 10, 1-11.

Wettlaufer, A.K. (2007, September) She is Me: Tristan, Gauguin and the Dialectics of Colonial Identity.  Romanic Review, 98(1), 23-50.

Wettlaufer, A.K. (2007, September) Composing Romantic Identity: Berlioz and the Sister Arts. Romance Studies, 25(1), 45-58.

Wettlaufer, A.K. (2004, September) Dibutades and her Daughters: The Female Artist in Post-Revolutionary France. Nineteenth-Century Studies, 18, 9-38.

Wettlaufer, A.K. (2004) Sand, Musset and the Empire of Genius: Painting Difference in Elle et lui. In McCall-Saint-Saens (Ed.), George Sand et l'empire des lettres  New Orleans: Presses Univ.

Wettlaufer, A.K. (2004, September) Girodet/Endymion/Balzac: Representation and Rivalry in Post-Revolutionary France. World & Image: A Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry, 17(4), 401-411.

Wettlaufer, A.K. (2003) In the Mind's Eye: The Visual Impulse in Diderot, Baudelaire and Ruskin. Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi.

Wettlaufer, A.K. (2001) Pen vs. Paintbrush: Girodet, Balzac and the Myth of Pygmalion in Postrevolutionary France. New York: Palgrave/St.Martin.

Wettlaufer, A.K. (2000, September) The Sublime Rivalry of Word and Image: Turner and Ruskin Revisited. Victorian Literature and Culture, 28(1), 211-231.

Wettlaufer, A.K. (2000, September) Balzac and Sand: Sibling Rivalry and the Sisterhood of the Arts in Le Chef-d. George Sand Studies, 18, 65-85.

Wettlaufer, A.K. (1999, September) Absent Fathers, Martyred Mothers: Domestic Drama and (Royal) Family Values in A Graphic History of Louis the Sixteenth. Eighteenth Century Life, 23(3), 1-37.

Wettlaufer, A.K. (1999, September) Metaphors of Power and the Power of Metaphor: Zola, Manet and the Art of Portraiture. Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 21(3), 435-461.

Wettlaufer, A.K. (1996, September) Paradise Regained: The Flaneur, the Badaud, and the Aesthetics of Artistic Reception in Le Poeme du haschisch. Nineteenth-Century French Studies, 24(3-4), 388-397.

Wettlaufer, A.K. (1995, September) Ruskin and Laforgue: Visual/Verbal Dialectics and the Poetics/Politics of Montage. Comparative Literature Studies, 32(4), 514-535.

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