Faculty Directory
Rachel Mesch


Professor of French; Chair, Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures

BA, Yale College,
MA, Columbia University,
PhD, University of Pennsylvania,

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 culture, the French Enlightenment, and the Belle Epoque. She has published articles on women writers of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, and is the author of THE HYSTERIC’S REVENGE: FRENCH WOMEN WRITERS AT THE FIN DE SIÈCLE (Vanderbilt U. Press, 2006) and HAVING IT ALL IN THE BELLE EPOQUE: HOW FRENCH WOMEN'S MAGAZINES INVENTED THE MODERN WOMAN (Stanford UP, 2013). Her current book project examines transgender identities in nineteenth-century France. She is associate editor of Nineteenth-Century French Studies and a forum editor for H-France. She also edits and writes a monthly blog, Bric-a-brac-o-mania, on the Wonders & Marvels history website.

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).

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Fall 2017
Awakenings: Modernist Fictions
ENG 2073


First Year Writing
FYWR 1020


Parisian Views
INTC 1005H


Spring 2017
First Year Writing
FYWR 1020H


France and its Others
CUOT 1009


French Novel (in Translation)
ENG 2188