Adrianna Paliyenko joined the department in 1989 and teaches at all levels of the curriculum. Her upper-level courses reflect the cultural turn in foreign language study together with her interdisciplinary work in nineteenth-century French and Francophone studies. A passion for poetry and the history of ideas on genius, gender, and race inspires her research. Publications include: Misreading the Creative Impulse: The Poetic Subject in Rimbaud and Claudel, Restaged; modern critical editions of colonial-era novels: Madame A. Cashin, Amour et liberté: l'abolition de l'esclavage (1847) and Anaïs Ségalas, Récits des Antilles: Le Bois de la Soufrière, suivis d'un choix de poèmes (1885); a special issue of L’Esprit Créateur on Romantic-era women’s literature on slavery; a co-edited double issue of Romance Studies on the cultural currency of nineteenth-century French poetry; and a co-edited volume Marie Krysinska (1857-1908): Innovations poétiques, combats littéraires. Her articles and book chapters treat a wide range of topics: discourses of creativity, madness and dreams in medicine and literature; Apollinaire and Breton; Dada; Descartes and Lacan; legacies of poets Louise Ackermann, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, Krysinska and Louisa Siefert. A new book, entitled Genius Envy: Women Shaping French Poetic History, 1801-1900, is under contract with The Pennsylvania State University Press. A volume co-edited with J. Acquisto and C. Witt, Poets as Readers in Nineteenth-Century France: Critical Reflections, which won the 2013 igrs books competition, is also under contract. Paliyenko chaired the Department of French and Italian from 2006 to 2012.

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