Since joining the department in 1989, Adrianna Paliyenko has developed collaborative learning together with an interdisciplinary approach to make French and Francophone studies come alive for her students. A passion for poetry--deepened with the history of ideas about genius, gender and race linking the arts, letters and sciences--inspires her scholarship on literary history and the poetics of influence, women’s poetic advances, and the colonial past. She has published on Rimbaud and Claudel; Apollinaire and Breton; Paris Dada; Descartes and Lacan; 19th-century French psychiatry; 19th-century poets Louisa Siefert, Louise Ackermann and Marie Krysinska; and among others a critical edition of a 19th-century post-slavery novel by Anaïs Ségalas. Recent publications: Marie Krysinska: innovations poétiques, combats littéraires (2010), edited with Seth Whidden and Gretchen Schultz, in which she has a chapter on Krysinska's theorization of poetic evolution; a modern edition of Mme A. Cashin's 1847 novel, Amour et liberté. Abolition de l'esclavage (2009); The Cultural Currency of Nineteenth-Century French Poetry (2008), a special double issue of Romance Studies edited with Joseph Acquisto in which she has an article on Louise Ackermann's poetic turn to science; and a special issue of L'Esprit Créateur, Engendering Race: Romantic-Era Women and French Colonial Memory (2007) to which she contributed an article on Marceline Desbordes-Valmore's belated colonial narrative "Sarah." A monograph on women's poetic contributions shaping the discourse on genius in France (1801-1900) is forthcoming. Future projects: an edited volume on 19th-century French poets as readers and a monograph on French colonial memory, transnational dialogism and the poetic imagination.

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