Professor of English and French; Chair, English Department
Dr. Rachel Mesch received her BA from Yale College (1993), her MA from Columbia University (1995), and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania (2000). A specialist in nineteenth-century French literature, Dr. Mesch’s main areas of research and teaching include the French novel, women writers, gender studies, visual and media culture, the French Enlightenment, and the Belle Epoque. She has published articles on women writers of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries.
Dr. Mesch is the author of Having It All in the Belle Epoque: How French Women Writers Invented the Modern Woman (Stanford UP, 2013), and The Hysteric's Revenge: French Women Writers at the Fin de Siècle (Vanderbilt U. Press, 2006). Her new book, Before Trans: Three Gender Stories from Nineteenth-Century France will be published by Stanford University Press in the Spring of 2020. She serves as associate editor of Nineteenth-Century French Studies.
The Hysteric's Revenge: French Women Writers at the Fin de Siècle (Vanderbilt UP, 2006).
Having it All in the Belle Epoque: How French Women's Magazines Invented the Modern World (Stanford UP, 2013).
Before Trans: Three Gender Stories from Nineteenth-Century France. (Stanford UP, 2020).
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