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Mary Trouille

Lang Literatures & Cultures
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Teaching Interests & Areas

Mary Trouille is Professor of French and a member of the Women & Gender Studies affiliate faculty. Since joining the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures in the fall of 1993, Trouille has taught a wide variety of courses on French language, literature, and culture. She especially enjoys teaching courses that draw on her specialization in gender studies and early modern French literature. Among the courses she has developed at ISU are Gender and Power in Contemporary France, The Theater of Molière and the "Woman Question" in 17th-Century France, French and Francophone Women's Autobiography, Marriage and Domestic Violence in 18th-Century French Literature and Society, and The Metamorphoses of the Don Juan Figure in French Literature. Trouille also regularly teaches two courses she created for ISU's General Education Program: Literary Narrative: The Eighteenth Century on Film (LAN 125) and Perspectives on Gender in the Humanities (LAN/ENG/COM 128).

Research Interests & Areas

Mary Trouille's research cuts across literature, social history, legal history, and gender studies. She is the author of two books: Sexual Politics in the Enlightenment: Women Writers Read Rousseau (SUNY, 1997) and Wife-Abuse in Eighteenth-Century France (published in 2009 by the Voltaire Foundation in the series Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century). In 2010, she published a critical edition and English translation of Stéphanie de Genlis's 1782 gothic tale Histoire de la Duchesse de C*** in the Texts and Translation series published by the London-based Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA). She is currently completing a critical edition of another late eighteenth-century text: Rétif de la Bretonne's 1789 novel Ingénue Saxancour, to be published by the MHRA in 2013. She has also begun research for a book-length project on rape in eighteenth-century French literature, law, and society. Trouille is the translator of the first volume of Rethinking France: Les Lieux de Memoire, a collection of essays on French history and historiography edited by Pierre Nora and David Jordan (University of Chicago Press, 2002).

Innovative Course Design Competition

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies