Willa Z. Silverman Professor of French & Jewish Studies

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Willa Z. Silverman

Department of French and Francophone Studies
315 Burrowes Building
Penn State University
University Park, PA  16802
Office: (814) 863-9660; Fax: (814) 863-1103
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EDUCATION

1988            French Studies, New York University, Ph.D. (M.A., 1983).

1981            History and Literature, Harvard University, B.A. magna cum laude.


ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

2008 -             Professor of French and Jewish Studies, Penn State University

2002 - 2008    Associate Professor of French and Jewish Studies, Penn State University.

1994 - 2002    Associate Professor, Department of French, Penn State University.              

1988 - 1994    Assistant Professor, Department of French and Francophone Studies, Penn State University.


RESEARCH AND TEACHING FIELDS

Research

French society, culture and politics, 1870-1940; Belle Époque; history of the book; book arts; Art Nouveau; history of French Jewry; Dreyfus Affair; Holocaust Studies.

Courses taught

Undergraduate: Cultural Traditions in French Cuisine; French Press and Media; French Grammar and Composition; French Conversation and Reading; La Civilisation française du Moyen Age à 1870; La Civilisation française du Moyen Age à la Rvolution de 1789; La Civilisation française de 1789 à 1940; La France contemporaine; La Belle Époque; Paris 1900 (First-Year Seminar, Department of French); Decadence (First-Year Seminar); Stravinsky, Picasso, and the Ballets Russes in Belle Époque Paris (Josephine Berry Weiss Interdisciplinary Humanities Seminar; team-taught); The Dreyfus Affair in French Society, Politics and Culture; Liberty, Equality, Fraternity? Human Rights in the French Context (capstone course in International Studies); Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité? Les Droits de l’homme dans le contexte français; Anti-Semitism in Modern France (First-Year Seminar, Program in Jewish Studies); France and the Holocaust in Literature and Film (cross-listed, French and Francophone Studies and Jewish Studies); France and the Holocaust Study Tour to Paris (cross-listed, French and Francophone Studies and Jewish Studies)

Graduate: La France contemporaine; La France de 1715 à 1870; Approaches to French Civilization; Research Methods and Bibliography in French Civilization; La Belle Époque; Représentations de la Révolution Française; History of the Book in France from the Ancien Régime to the Present; Forces of Change in Contemporary French Cultural History (team-taught); Visions of Decadence, 1880-1914.


PUBLICATIONS

Books:

The New Bibliopolis: French Book Collectors and the Culture of Print, 1880-1914. Toronto: The University of Toronto Press (series in Book and Print Culture), 2008. Pp 316.
Recipient of the 2009 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies, awarded by the Modern Language Association for “outstanding scholarship” in the fields of French linguistics and literature.”

The Notorious Life of Gyp: Right-Wing Anarchist in Fin-de-Siècle France.  New York: Oxford UP, 1995.  Pp 325.  French translation: Gyp, La dernière des Mirabeau, preface by Michel Winock (Paris: Plon-Perrin, 1998).

Book manuscript in progress:

Henri Vever, Cahiers, 1898-1901. [Critical edition of the notebooks of the Art Nouveau jeweler and art collector Henri Vever].

Edited volume:

Confrontations: Politics and Aesthetics in Nineteenth-Century France (co-editor with Bénédicte Monicat, Kathryn Grossman and Michael Lane). Amsterdam and Atlanta, GA: Éditions Rodopi, 2001.

Journal issue:

“Intellectuals and the Dreyfus Affair.” Co-editor, with Venita Datta, of special issue of Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques, 24 (1), Spring 1998. Co-author of “Introduction: New Approaches to Intellectuals and the Dreyfus Affair,” pp. 1-6.

Articles and Parts of Books:

Co-authored with N. Christine Brookes. “Le Carnet de voyage en Russie d'Henri Vever. Une source inédite pour l'étude des rapports franco-russes à la Belle Epoque.”  Forthcoming 2011 in Annie Charon, Bruno Delmas, and Armelle Le Goff, ed., La France et les Français en Russie au XIXe siècle (Paris : Éditions de l’École Nationale des Chartes) : 235-50.

“Staging Naturalism,” in Illlusions of Reality : Naturalist Painting, Photography, Theatre and Cinema, 1875-1918 (invited contribution to catalog of exhibit at Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam), ed. Gabriel P. Weisberg (Brussels:/Amsterdam Mercatorfonds/Van Gogh Museum, 2010): 128-39.

“‘La Vie mondaine à Paris, 1900-1910 :’ A Monument to Fashion in the Belle Époque.” Dix-Neuf : Journal of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes 14.1 (April 2010): 33-56.

Review article.  Sarah Bernhardt: The Art of High Drama (exhibition at The Jewish Museum, New York and catalog edited by Carol Ockman and Kenneth E. Silver). Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, Vol. 5, issue 2 (Fall 2006). 22 mss. Pp.
http://www.19thc-artworldwide.org/autumn_06/reviews/silv.html  

“The Enemies of Books?  Women and the Bibliophilic Imagination in Fin-de-Siècle France.”  Contemporary French Civilization 30:1 (Winter 2005/Spring 2006): 47-74.

“Books Worthy of Our Era? Octave Uzanne, Technology, and the livre de luxe in Fin-de-Siècle France.”  Book History 7 (2004): 239-84.

“Unpacking His Library: Robert de Montesquiou and the Esthetics of the Book in Fin-de-Siècle France.”  Nineteenth-Century French Studies 32.3-4 (Spring-Summer 2004): 316-31.

“Editors’ Introduction” (co-authored with the following authors) in Kathryn M. Grossman, Michael E. Lane, Bénédicte Monicat, and Willa Z. Silverman, Confrontations: Politics and Aesthetics in Nineteenth-Century France (Amsterdam and Atlanta, GA: Editions Rodopi, 2001): 1-14.

“Open Letters?  Approaches to Gyp's Correspondence,” in Rosemary Lloyd and Brian Nelson, ed., Women Seeking Expression: France, 1789-1914 (Monash Romance Studies 6 [2000]): 206-19.

“Two Generations of Bas-Bleus: The comtesse de Mirabeau and her Daughter, Gyp.”  WIF (Women in French) Studies 2000: 139-53.

“Gyp and Flammarion: A Marriage of Love or Convenience?”  French Review 73.5 (April 2000): 910-20.

“The New Amazons: Anti-Dreyfusard Women and the Affair,” in Jean-Max Guieu, ed., Intolerance and Indignation: The Dreyfus Affair (Paris: Editions Fischbacher, 1999): 220-229.

“A War of Words: Publishers and Publishing during the Dreyfus Affair.”  Contemporary French Civilization 21.1 (Winter/Spring 1997) 18-37.

“Life and Death of a ‘Non-Conformist:’ Thierry de Martel, 1875-1940.”  Modern and Contemporary France 5.1 (February 1997) 5-19.

“Female Anti-Semitism during the Dreyfus Affair: The Case of Gyp,” in Richard J. Golsan and Melanie Hawthorne, ed., Gender and Fascism in Modern France (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1997) 12-26.

“L'Opinion publique juive aux Etats-Unis face à l’Affaire Dreyfus,” in Michel Denis, Michel Lagrée and Jean-Yves Veillard, ed., L'Affaire Dreyfus et l'opinion publique en France et à l'étranger (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 1995): 317-32.

“Marianne Revisited: Antirepublican Political Caricature 1880-1900,” in John Jeanneney and Gail M. Schwab, ed., The French Revolution of 1789 and its Impact (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995) 305-336.  

“Profession, Antisemite: Ideology and Gender in the Life and Works of Gyp.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies 23.1-3 (Winter 1994-95) 222-43.

“Gyp,” in Michel Drouin, ed., Dictionnaire de l'Affaire Dreyfus de A à Z (Paris: Flammarion, 1994):205-06.  

“‘Semitic Troubles:’ Author-Publisher Relations in fin-de-siècle France - The Case of Gyp and Calmann-Lévy.”  Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques 19.3 (Nov. 1993) 309-34.

Translation of Paul Signac, “From Eugène Delacroix to Neo-Impressionism,” in Floyd Ratliff, ed., Paul Signac and Color in Neo-Impressionism (New York: Rockefeller University Press, 1992) 196-285.       

“Mythic Representations of Napoleon in the Life and Works of Gyp,” in Keith Busby, ed., Correspondances: Studies in Literature, History, and the Arts in Nineteenth-Century France (Amsterdam/Atlanta GA: Éditions Rodopi, 1992) 203-12.

“Anti-Semitism and Occultism in fin-de-siècle France: Three ‘Initiates’” in Barbara T. Cooper and Mary Donaldson-Evans, eds., Modernity and Revolution in Late Nineteenth-Century France (Newark, London and Toronto: Associated UP, 1992) 155-63.

“From Cultural Eclecticism to Cultural Chauvinism: Maurice Barrès and Germany, 1870-1914,” in Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Western Society for French History 18 (1991) 395-403.

“Gyp et l’Affaire Dreyfus.”  Modern and Contemporary France 43 (Oct. 1990) 5-16.

“Deciphering the Cultural Code: The Evolution of the cours de civilisation in American Universities.” Laurels 60 (Fall 1989) 91-100.

Articles in progress:

“The Dreyfus Affair in the Notebooks of Henri Vever.” Under review, Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques (March 2010). 34 mss. Pp.

Book Reviews:

[Edward Berenson and Eva Giloi, eds. Constructing Charisma: Celebrity, Fame, and Power in Nineteenth-Century Europe.  New York and Oxford, Eng.: Berghahn Books, 2010. Will be submitted to H-France in June 2011].

Christine Haynes. The Politics of Publishing in Nineteenth-Century France. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2010). Forthcoming in French Politics, Culture and Society in May 2011.

Martyn Lyons, Reading Culture and Writing Practices in Nineteenth-Century France. European History Quarterly. Forthcoming Spring 2011.

Schor, Laura S.  The Life and Legacy of Baroness Betty de Rothschild.  H-France Review 7 (November 2007) 139: http://www.h-france.net/vol7reviews/silverman.html.

Margadant, Jo Burr. The New Biography: Performing Femininity in Nineteenth-Century France. South Central Review 21.3 (Fall 2004): 183-86.

Daniel Desormeaux.  La Figure du bibliomane: Histoire du livre et stratégie littéraire au XIXe siècle in Nineteenth-Century French Studies 32: 1-2 (Fall-Winter 2003-2004): 144-46.

Venita Datta, Birth of a National Icon: The Literary Avant-Garde and the Origins of the Intellectual in France in Nineteenth-Century French Studies 31.1-2 (Fall-Winter 2002-2003): 150-51.

Robin Walz. Pulp Surrealism: Insolent Popular Culture in Early Twentieth-Century Paris in French Politics,Culture and Society 19.2 (2001): 117-19.

Alain Finkielkraut, Remembering in Vain: The Trial of Klaus Barbie and Crimes Against Humanity.  Trans. Roxanne Lapidus with Sima Godfrey in SubStance (1995).

Felicia Gordon, The Integral Feminist: Madeleine Pelletier, 1874-1939 in French Review 65.2, May 1992: 1072-73.

Ian MacDonald, The Penguin French Newsreader in Language Learning 41.2, 1991: 279-81.

Debora Silverman, Art Nouveau in Fin-de-Siècle France: Politics, Psychology and Style in Nineteenth-Century Studies 5, 1991: 90-94.

Jennifer Waelti-Walters. Feminist Novelists of the Belle Époque: Love as a Lifestyle in Nineteenth-Century French Studies 19, Summer 1991: 626-27.

Steven Hause.  Hubertine Auclert: The French Suffragist in Nineteenth-Century French Studies 18.3-4, Spring/Summer 1990: 593-94.

Norman Kleeblatt, ed.  The Dreyfus Affair: Art, Truth and Justice in Modern and Contemporary France 32, Jan. 1988: 18-19.

Charles Rearick, Pleasures of the Belle Époque: Entertainment and Festivity in Turn-of-the-Century France in Modern and Contemporary France 26, June 1986: 49.


PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS PRESENTED AT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS

[“The Great Wave: Henri Vever's Japanese Collection.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, University of Pennsylvania/Villanova University.  Invited paper and organizer of session on “Changing Orders of Collecting in Nineteenth-Century France.” Oct. 2011.]

“‘Miller’ of Dreams: Charles Meunier and the Book as objet d’art in fin-de-siècle France.”SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing) conference (“The Book in Art and Science”), Washington, D.C.  July 2011.


“Tony Judt and Intellectual History.” Invited participant, Kandersteg Seminar on “Tony Judt as Teacher,” sponsored by the Remarque Institute, New York University, Kandersteg, Switzerland, April 2011.


“Selling Parisian Taste: Commerce and Culture at the Maison Vever” (and organizer of session on “Commerce and Culture in Belle Époque Paris”). Society for French Historical Studies Conference, The Citadel, February 2011.

“Bibliophilie et livres libertins fin-de-siècle à Paris: A propos de la publication de La nouvelle Bibliopolis.” Seminar on “Histoire de l’édition, du livre, et de la lecture en Europe du XVIIIe au XXIe s.” (dir. Jean-Yves Mollier). Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France. 22 October 2010.

“Le Carnet de voyage en Russie d'Henri Vever : Une source inédite pour l'étude des rapports franco-russes à la Belle Epoque” (co-presenter : N. Christine Brookes, Central Michigan University). Conference on “La France et les Français en Russie (1789-1917),”  Archives Nationales, Paris. January 2010.


“The (R)evolution of Art Nouveau in the Notebooks of Henri Vever.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference, Brigham Young University. Invited paper. October 2009.


“The New Bibliopolis: French Book Collectors and the Culture of Print, 1880-1914.” Institute of French Studies, New York University. Invited talk. December 2008.

“‘La Vie mondaine à Paris, 1900-1910’: A Monument to Fashion in the Belle Époque.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference, Vanderbilt University, October 2008 (invited paper and organizer of session on “Le Monde et la Mode: Fashioning Social Identity in Nineteenth-Century France”).

“Dreyfusards? Henri Vever and the Dreyfus Affair.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference, University of Southern Alabama, Mobile. October 2007 (invited paper and co-organizer of session on “High and Low in the Belle Époque”).


“The Dreyfus Affair in the Private Diaries (1898-1901) of Henri Vever.” Society for French Historical Studies, Rice University, Houston, TX.  March 2007 (and co-organizer of session on “The Dreyfus Affair: Then and Now”).


“A Bibliophilic Bestseller: The Histoire des quatre fils Aymon (1883).”  Conference on “Birth of the Bestseller: The 19th Century Book in Britain, France, and Beyond,” organized by the Bibliographical Society of America. New York, NY. March 2007.

“History and/in the Notebooks of Henri Vever, fin-de-siècle Jeweler and Collector.” Society for French Historical Studies, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  April 2006 (and organizer of session on “Archives of the Self: History, Biography, Autobiography”).


“Through the Jeweler’s Eye: History in the Private Diaries (1898-1901) of Henri Vever.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference, University of Texas, Austin.  October 2005. Invited paper and session-organizer (“L’Histoire au singulier: Representations of History in Private Writing”).


“Artist and Amateur in the Creation of fin-de-siècle Illustrated Books.”  Washington Area Print Studies Group, Library of Congress, April 2005.  Invited presentation.


“The Enemies of Books? Women and the Male Bibliophilic Imagination in fin-de-siècle France.”  Modern Language Association Convention, Philadelphia. December 2004.


“Artist and Amateur in the Creation of fin-de-siècle Illustrated Books.”  Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference, Washington University, St. Louis.  October 2004.  Invited paper.


Des livres ouverts?  French Books at the International Exhibits of 1889 to 1913.” Society for French Historical Studies, Bibliothèque nationale de France, June 2004 (and organizer of session on “Unpacking their Libraries: Marketing Books in France from the Ancien Régime to the Present”).


“‘Tout aux Modernes!’ The New Bibliophilia of the fin de siècle.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.  October 2003.  Invited paper.


“The End of Books?”  Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, October 2002 (and organizer of session on “‘Quant au livre:’ The Book as Material Object at the fin-de-siècle”).


“Octave Uzanne, Bibliophile extraordinaire in fin-de-siècle France,” SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing) Annual Conference, College of William and Mary, July 2001.


“Of Books and Bookwomen: Discourses on Women’s Reading Practices in fin-de-siècle France.”  Society for French Historical Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, March 2001 (and organizer of session on “Female Readers and Reading Practices in Nineteenth-Century France”).


“Unpacking his Library: Robert de Montesquiou and Bibliomania in fin-de-siècle France.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, October 2000.


“Open Letters? Approaches to Gyp's Correspondence.” "Women Seeking Expression: France, 1789-1914.”  Indiana University, September 1999.  Invited paper.


“The Dreyfus Affair and its Significance.” Gettysburg College, April 1998.  Invited talk.


“The New Amazons: Anti-Dreyfusard Women and the Affair.”  “The Dreyfus Affair: Memory and History in France and the USA.”  Columbia University, February 1998.  Invited paper.


“Gyp and Flammarion: A Marriage of Love or Convenience?”  Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference, University of Georgia, October 1997.


“Paradoxes of French Feminism at Nineteenth Century's End.”  “Fin de Siècle, Millenium.”  Wellesley College, April 1997.  Invited paper.


“Two Generations of Bas-Bleus: The comtesse de Mirabeau and her daughter, Gyp.”  Modern Language Association Convention, Washington, D.C.  December 1996.


Commentator.  Panel on “New Approaches to Intellectuals and the Dreyfus Affair.”  French Historical Studies Conference, Boston, MA, March 1996.


“Publishers and Publishing during the Dreyfus Affair: Engagement or Dégagement?”  Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference, University of Delaware, October 1995.


“L’Opinion publique juive aux Etats-Unis face à l'Affaire Dreyfus.”  “L’Affaire Dreyfus et l’opinion publique en France et à l’étranger.”  Musée de Bretagne, Rennes, France.  September 1994.  Invited paper.


“Gyp, ‘centre féminin du nationalisme.’”  Modern Language Association Convention.  December 1992.


“‘Embêtements sémitiques:’ Author-Publisher Relations during the Dreyfus Affair: The Case of Gyp and Calmann-Lévy.”  Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference, SUNY Binghamton.  October 1992.


“Life and Death of a ‘Non-Conformist:’ Thierry de Martel, 1875-1940.”  Western Society for French History Conference, University of Nevada.  November 1991.


“Biography and French Studies.”  Twentieth-Century French Studies Conference, University of Texas.  March 1991.


“From Cultural Eclecticism to Cultural Chauvinism: Maurice Barrès and Germany 1870-1914.”  Western Society for French History Conference, University of California, Santa Barbara.  November 1990.


“Mythic Representations of Napoleon in the Life and Works of Gyp.”  Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference, University of Oklahoma.  October 1990.


“Marianne Revisited: Antirepublican Political Caricature 1880-1900.” Bicentennial Conference: The French Revolution of 1789 and its Impact.  Hofstra University. October 1989.


“Anti-Semitism and Occultism in fin-de-siècle France: Three ‘Initiates.’”  Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference, University of New Hampshire.  October 1989.

“L'Affaire Dreyfus et les arts visuels.”  Bryn Mawr College, March 1989.


“Gyp and the roman dialogué: Genesis of a Genre.”  Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference, University of Michigan.  October 1988.


“Gyp: Emancipated Reactionary under the Third Republic.”  Mid-Hudson Modern Language Association Conference, Marist College.  November 1987.


“Symbolic Marionettes: Gyp's Autour du divorce.”  New York University Colloquium, "1886-1887: Two Years in the Cultural Life of France and Italy.” May 1987.


Chair and/or organizer of sessions at meetings of the Western Society for French History, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Twentieth-Century French Studies, Association for French Cultural Studies, Modern Language Association (co-organizer and co-chair of sessions on “Constructing Masculinities in 19th-century French Literature, 2002; “Collectibles,” 2003).


OTHER RECENT PRESENTATIONS

“France and the Holocaust Study Tour – May 2007/May 2010.” First Friday Lecture Series, Program in Jewish Studies, The Pennsylvania State University.  March 2010.

“The Cahiers of Henri Vever: Life and Art in Paris 1900.” Institute for the Arts and Humanities Residents Scholars and Artists Lecture Series. The Pennsylvania State Univesrsity. October 2008.

“The New Bibliopolis: French Book Collectors and the Culture of Print, 1880-1914.” Lecture (and salon ‘host’) in the context of series: “Onto the Private Stage: The Salon in Turn of the Century Europe” (Moments of Change). The Pennsylvania State University. October 2008.


OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Organization of campus-wide initiative:

Steering Committee, Moments of Change (“The Turn of the Twentieth Century”), 2008-2009
[See: http://iah.psu.edu/assets/documents/MoC%2008-09%20Calendar.pdf]. One of three instructors of the Second Annual Josephine Berry Weiss Interdisciplinary Humanities Seminar (Spring 2009), a Moments of Change event.

Exhibit:

Co-curator, “Scandal! Society, Culture, and Politics in Europe, 1889-1914,” January 12-May 15, Special Collections, Paterno Library, University Libraries.

Organization of Study Tour:

“France and the Holocaust in Literature and Film.” One-week, one-credit study tour in conjunction with course on this topic (May 2007, May 2010). See http://live.psu.edu/story/25099 and http://live.psu.edu/tag/Holocaust.

Organization of colloquia:

Twenty-Fourth Annual Colloquium in Nineteenth-Century French Studies (“J’Accuse...!  Offensive Moves, Defensive Modes”).  Penn State University.  October 1998.  Member, organizing committee.

“Legitimizing French Civilization: The Institute of French Studies and Beyond.”  Institute of French Studies, New York University.  November 1991.  Also gave two presentations: “French Studies at Penn State;” “Teaching a course on the French Press and Media.”

Work for National Professional Organizations:

Elected president, Association for French Cultural Studies (2000-2003).  Co-organizer of association meeting and book prize ceremony, Columbia University, May 2002. Organizer of association luncheon and business meeting, Nov. 2002.

Elected member, Executive Committee, Nineteenth-Century French Literature Division, Modern Language Association (1999-2003); Division president (2000-2001).

Elected delegate, Delegate Assembly, Modern Language Association (1999-2001).

Participation in Seminars and Workshops:

Departmental representative, Institute in French Cultural Studies, Dartmouth College, July 1994.

Consulting:

External member, Honors Thesis Committee, Bates College.  April 1999.

Member, Visiting Review Committee, Wellesley College.  March 1998.

Department of Modern Languages, Colorado College.  Three presentations on pedagogy of French Civilization.  February 1996.

Department of Modern Languages, Pomona College.  “Developing a Civilization track in a Foreign Languages department;” “Pedagogy of French Civilization.”  April 1992.

External reviewer or nominator for tenure and promotion cases: University of New Hampshire (1995), Tufts University (1999), Franklin and Marshall College (2001), George Washington University (2006); Wellesley College (2009); Rice University (2011).

Editorial Work:

Member of Editorial Board, Series in Book History, Penn State Press (Jan. 2011- ).

Book Placement Editor, H-France (Fall 2010-  )

Member of Editorial Committee, Penn State Press (2002-2003, 2004-2006).

Member of Editorial Board, Modern and Contemporary France (1998 – present).

External reviewer (book manuscripts): University of Nebraska Press, University of Chicago Press.

Reviewer of article manuscripts for Book History, Dix-Neuf: Journal of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes, Nineteenth-Century French Studies.

Membership, Prize Committee:

Prix Wylie (Book Prize), Association for French Cultural Studies.  1997-1999.

Supervision of funded undergraduate research:

Henri Vever’s 1878 diary (transcription, research for annotations), Jacqueline Gauthier. Funding from Undergraduate Enrichment, College of the Liberal Arts, Penn State and from the President’s Fund for Undergraduate Research, The Pennsylvania State University. Spring-Summer 2010 ($1350).
Interactive digital map project related to Henri Vever’s diaries, Arielle Hesse. Funding from Undergraduate Enrichment, College of the Liberal Arts, The Pennsylvania State University. Spring 2009.


AWARDS AND HONORS

Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Schreyer Honors College, The Pennsylvania State University, 2011-2013.

Bibliographical Society of America. Fellowship to support research for an article, “The Japanese Library of Henri Vever.” February 2010.

The Pennsylvania State University, College of the Liberal Arts Global Funds. Funding to support travel to Paris to prepare May 2010 study trip in conjunction with FR083T/JST083T (“France and the Holocaust in Literature and Film”). January 2010.

The Pennsylvania State University, College of the Liberal Arts and Preisdent’s Fund for Research. Funding to support undergraduate research under the supervision of a faculty member. Spring-Summer 2010.

The Pennsylvania State University, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Resident Scholars and Artists Grant. “The Notebooks of Henri Vever, 1898-1901.” Fall 2008.

The Pennsylvania State University. With Maureen Carr and Nancy Locke. Funding to develop Spring 2009 Josephine Berry Weiss Interdisciplinary Humanities Seminar on “Picasso, Stravinsky, and the Ballets Russes in Belle Époque Paris.” Fall 2007.

The Pennsylvania State University, the Schreyer Honors College. Enhancement funds to develop first-year honors seminar on “Decadence, 1880-1914.” Summer 2007.

The Pennsylvania State University, College of the Liberal Arts Global Funds. Funding to support travel to Paris to prepare May 2007 study trip in conjunction with FR/J ST 497 (“France and the Holocaust in Literature and Film”). Fall 2006.

The Pennsylvania State University, President’s Fund for Research. Funding to support undergraduate research under the supervision of a faculty member. Spring 2006.

The Pennsylvania State University, Institute for the Arts and Humanities award for Team Teaching (with Thomas A. Hale and Monique Yaari, Department of French, and Joan Landes, Department of History).  “Forces of Change in Contemporary French Cultural Politics.”  Fall 2005.

The Pennsylvania State University, Global Fund.  Funding to support research trip to Paris and Geneva for work on book project, “The New Bibliopolis: French Book-Collectors and the Culture of Print, 1880-1914.”  Spring 2004.

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend. Research/travel for book project, “The New Bibliopolis: French Book-Collectors and the Culture of Print, 1880-1914.”  Summer 2002. [Stipend supplemented with additional funds from RGSO and the Department of French].

The Bibliographical Society.  First chapter of a book project on bibliomania and bibliophilia in fin-de-siècle France (research/travel). April 2000.  

The Pennsylvania State University. RGSO Award. First chapter of a book project on bibliomania and bibliophilia in fin-de-siècle France (research/travel). April 2000.

The Pennsylvania State University, Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies Fellowship.  First chapter of a book project on bibliomania and bibliophilia in fin-de-siècle France (research/travel).  April 2000.  

The Pennsylvania State University, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Research and Graduate Studies Office.  Funding to host Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium (with Kathryn M. Grossman, Michael E. Lane and Bénédicte Monicat). 1998.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, French Embassy. Funding to host Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium ((with Kathryn M. Grossman, Michael E. Lane and Bénédicte Monicat).  1998.  

American Philosophical Society, Research Fellowship (Gyp's correspondence).  May 1997.  

The Pennsylvania State University, RGSO Award.  Preparation of manuscripts on Gyp's correspondence.  December 1996.  

The Pennsylvania State University, Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies Fellowship. Preparation of manuscripts on Gyp's correspondence.  December 1996.

The Pennsylvania State University, Dorothy W. Gilpatrick Endowed Fellowship.  For preparation of manuscript on publishing history in fin-de-siècle France.  Spring 1995.  (Semester course release).

American Council for Learned Societies, Grant for Travel to International Meeting Abroad (in Rennes, France).  September 1994.  

The Pennsylvania State University, Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies Fellowship.  “Travel to the Archives of the Calmann-Lévy Publishing House in Paris.”  July 1994-December 1994.  

The Pennsylvania State University, Alumni Faculty Research Fellowship. “Gyp: Right-Wing Anarchist at the fin du siècle” (manuscript preparation).  July 1992-June 1993.  

The Pennsylvania State University, Research Initiation Grant.  For completing research for a biography of Gyp.  July 1989-June 1990.  

New York University, Celia Siegel Teaching Award.  April 1988.

Bourse Chateaubriand.  French government grant for dissertation research.  October 1985-July 1986.  

French government grant for graduate study.  October 1984-July 1985.  

Fulbright Foundation.  French government teaching assistantship.  October 1981-June 1982.


PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art
Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing
Society for French Historical Studies
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