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Alexandra K Wettlaufer

Professor Ph.D., Columbia University

Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Associate Director of Plan II
Alexandra K Wettlaufer

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Biography

Alexandra K. Wettlaufer is a Professor of French and Comparative Literature, specializing in 19th-century literature, visual arts, culture, and gender studies.  She is the author of 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, and University Coop Award for Undergraduate Thesis Advising.  She is on the Editorial Boards of European Romantic Review, Nineteenth-Century Studies, George Sand Studies, and Nineteenth-Century Contexts and has served on the Advisory Boards of the American Comparative Literature Association, Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies and on the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association.  Professor Wettlaufer is a core faculty member of the Comp Lit, Women's and Gender Studies, and European Studies.  She is the Associate Director of the Plan II Honors Program.
 

Interests

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

FR 390M • Metropolitan Vision/Modernity

37030 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 305
(also listed as C L 381 )
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In “Metropolitan Visions: Seeing, Subjectivity and Modernity” we will consider representations of subjectivity and the urban landscape of Paris in nineteenth- and twentieth-century French novels, poetry, painting, and film, with a focus on the changing politics and poetics of vision, place, space, and the scopic regimes of power from 1830 to 2000.  In units centering on “Panoramic Paris,” “Haussmann’s Paris,” “Modern Paris,” “Occupied Paris,” and “Diasporic Paris,” we will read works by Balzac, Baudelaire, Zola, Apollinaire, Aragon, Duras, Modiano, Sebbar, and Pineau, among others.  As we trace the ways in which Paris is depicted in Realist, Naturalist, Symbolist, Surrealist, Post-Modern, and Post-Colonial texts, we will at the same time considering visual representations of the city in painting, drawing, caricature, physiologies, maps, illustrations, photography, and film.  Theories of gender, mobility, migration, and subjectivity will be central to our discussions as we investigate the concrete and symbolic ways in which the city figures forth social constructions of French identity in these various genres and periods.  

FR 390M • Revolutions In Gender & Genre

37370 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm BEN 1.118
(also listed as WGS 393 )
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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%    

 

F C 349 • Fictions Of The Self And Other

36970 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CAL 200
(also listed as C L 323, CTI 345, EUS 347, WGS 345 )
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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.

FR 390M • Gender/Space/Place 19-C France

36765 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm HRH 2.106C
(also listed as WGS 393 )
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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%

 

FR 180P • Intro To Studies In Lit & Cul

36695 • Fall 2011
Meets W 500pm-600pm HRH 2.112
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Required of all first-year graduate students in the Department of French and Italian.  

F C 349 • Fictions Of The Self And Other

36830 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CAL 200
(also listed as C L 323, CTI 345, EUS 347, WGS 345 )
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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

ITL 180P • Intro To Studies In Lit & Cul

36980 • Fall 2011
Meets W 500pm-600pm HRH 2.112
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Required of all first-year graduate students in the Department of French and Italian.

FR 382L • Women In French Fiction & Film

36945 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm BEN 1.106
(also listed as C L 386 )
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Description

In this course we will consider eighteenth- and nineteenth-century novels about women and their twentieth-century interpretations as films.  Focusing on questions of gender, representation, genre, translation, and narrative form, we will examine these various texts through a variety of critical filters, including history (social, political, literary, filmic), contemporary documents (i.e., Diderot’s essay on “La Femme,” transcripts of the Madame Bovary obscenity trial, etc), and critical theory from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Reading knowledge of French is required; discussions will be held in English.  May be cross listed with WGS as well.

 

 

Required Texts and Films

Diderot, La Religieuse (1780)

Rivette, La Religieuse (film,1966)

Balzac, Le Chef-d’oeuvre inconnu (1832)

Rivette, La Belle Noiseuse (film, 1991)

Dumas, La Dame aux camélias (1848)

Cukor, Camille (film, 1936)

Zeffirelli, La Traviata (film, 1983)

Flaubert, Madame Bovary (1857)

Minnelli, Madame Bovary (film, 1949)

Chabrol, Madame Bovary (film, 1991)

Maupassant, “Une Partie de campagne” and “La Maison Tellier” (1881)

Renoir, Une Partie de campagne (film, 1936)

Ophuls, La Maison Tellier (film, 1952)

Mirbeau, Journal d’une femme de chambre (1900)

Renoir, Diary of a Chambermaid (film, 1946)

Buñuel, Diary of a Chambermaid (film, 1964)

Monaco, How to Read a Film

Course packet

 

 

Grading:

Participation:             20%

In-Class Presentation: 20%

Short paper:            20%

Final paper:            40%

F C 349 • Fictions Of The Self And Other

36625 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CAL 21
(also listed as C L 323, CTI 345, EUS 347, WGS 345 )
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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.

 

 

FR 390M • Gender/Genre Revol In 19-C Lit

36725 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 930-1100 HRH 2.106C
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FR 390M

Spring 2010

 

Revolutions in Gender and Genre

in Nineteenth-Century France

 

 

Professor Alexandra Wettlaufer

WCH 4.104

471-1442

akw@mail.utexas.edu

 

Office Hours:

T/TH  2:00-4:00 and by appointment

 

Required Texts

 

Chateaubriand, Atala et René

Hugo, Hernani

Les Français peints par eux-mêmes (CP)

Balzac, Eugénie Grandet

Sand, Indiana

Baudelaire, Le Spleen de Paris

Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Zola, L’Oeuvre

Course Packet

 

            All books are available at the University Coop.  A course packet (CP) of required critical readings is available at Speedway Copies in the basement of Dobie at the corner of 21st and Whitis.  Historical and cultural background for the course may be found at my website, 19th-Century France: A Visual Resource (NCFVR) at www.laits.utexas.edu/wettlaufer/. If you are not familiar with the history of nineteenth-century France, it is strongly recommended that you consult François Furet’s Revolutionary France 1770-1880, Gordon Wright’s France in Modern Times or another text of your choice along with our readings.  There are multiple copies available at the PCL and on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

Syllabus

 

1/19: Course introduction

 

Romanticism

 

1/21:    Chateaubriand, Atala

            Mme de Staël, “De la poésie classique et de la poésie romantique” (CP)

            Frow, “Approaching Genre” (CP)

            NCFVR: Timeline 1770-1810; Painting Neoclassicism and Romanticism

 

1/26:    Atala

           

1/28:    Atala and René

            Waller, “Being René, Buying Atala: Alienated Subjects and Decorative Objects in

                        Post-Revolutionary France” (CP)

 

2/2:      Hugo, Hernani

            Hugo, “Préface” de Cromwell (CP)

            NCFVR: Timeline 1820-1830

 

2/4:      Hernani

            Gautier, Souvenirs du Romantisme

 

 Realism and Idealism

 

2/9:      Les Français peints par eux-mêmes (CP)

            Sieburth, “Une Idéologie du lisible: Le phénomène des ‘Physiologies’” (CP)

            NCFVR: Timeline 1830-1840

 

2/11:    Les Français peints par eux-mêmes (CP)

 

2/16:    Les Français peints par eux-mêmes (CP)

 

2/18:    Balzac, Eugénie Grandet

            Balzac, La Comédie humaine, “Avant-Propos” (CP)

            NCFVR: Painting--Realism

 

2/23:    Eugénie Grandet

 

2/25:    Eugénie Grandet

            Terdiman, “Discourses of Initiation” (CP)

 

3/2:      Sand, Indiana

            Moses, French Feminism in the Nineteenth Century (CP)

 

3/4:      Indiana

            NCFVR: Caricature, Women and Artists

 

3/9:      Indiana

            Schor, “Idealism in the Novel: Recanonizing Sand” (CP)

 

3/11:    Baudelaire, Le Spleen de Paris

            Baudelaire, “Le Peintre de la vie moderne” (CP)

            NCFVR: Timeline 1840-1870 

 

3/23:    Baudelaire, Le Spleen de Paris

 

3/25:    No Class: Attend INCS Conference 3/26-27

 

3/30:    Baudelaire, Le Spleen de Paris

            Benjamin, “The Flâneur” (CP)

            NCFVR: Architecture—Old and New Paris

 

4/1:      Baudelaire, Le Spleen de Paris

            Benjamin, “Some Motifs in Baudelaire” (CP)

 

4/6:      Flaubert, Madame Bovary

            Mainardi, “Novels and their Readers” (CP)

            NCFVR: Timeline 1870s

 

4/8:      Madame Bovary

 

4/13:    Madame Bovary

 

4/15:    Madame Bovary

            Brooks, “The Body in the Field of Vision” (CP)

 

4/20:    Vicente Minnelli, Madame Bovary (film)

            Ladenson, “Emma Bovary Goes to Hollywood” (CP)

           

 

Naturalism

 

4/22:    Zola, L’Oeuvre

            Zola, “Le Roman expérimental” (CP)

 

4/27:    L’Oeuvre

            Clark, “Olympia’s Choice” (CP)

            NCFVR: Painting, Pre-Impressionism and Impressionism

 

4/29:    L’Oeuvre; deadline for Final Paper topic approval

           

5/4:      L’Oeuvre

 

5/6:      Course conclusion; Final Paper Outline due

 

 

 

Requirements:

 

            This course is a seminar, thus all students will be expected to attend every meeting, read all assignments, and participate actively in discussions.  Each student will be asked to give one seminar presentation on a topic of her/his choice.  The topics should be related to our subject but not necessarily limited to the specific author/novel and can be historical, cultural, philosophical or literary in their orientation.  The presentation, no more than 20 minutes in length, will then be developed into a short (5-6 pp) paper due one week later.  A final paper (15-20 pp) will be due 10 May.  Final paper topics must be approved no later than 29 April and an outline of the final paper will be due on 6 May.  Failure to meet these deadlines will be factored into the final grade.

 

 

Grades:

 

Participation:                           20%

In-Class Presentation:             20%

Short paper:                             20%

Final paper:                             40%

 

 

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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