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Alexandra K Wettlaufer

Professor Ph.D., Columbia University

Associate Professor of French
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

C L 381 • Metropolitan Vision/Modernity

33965 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 305
(also listed as FR 390M )
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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.  

C L 323 • Fictions Of The Self And Other

33660 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CAL 200
(also listed as CTI 345, EUS 347, F C 349, 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.

C L 323 • Fictions Of The Self And Other

33580 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CAL 200
(also listed as CTI 345, EUS 347, F C 349, 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

C L 386 • Women In French Fiction & Film

34050 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm BEN 1.106
(also listed as FR 382L )
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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%

C L 323 • Fictions Of The Self And Other

32900 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CAL 21
(also listed as CTI 345, EUS 347, F C 349, 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.

 

 

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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