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 et 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. She recently published an article, "On the Physiology of Genius: Pro/creativity in Nineteenth-Century France," in L’Esprit Créateur. A volume co-edited with Joseph Acquisto and Catherine Witt, Poets as Readers in Nineteenth-Century France: Critical Reflections, which won the 2013 igrs books competition, was published in 2015. Her new book, entitled Genius Envy: Women Shaping French Poetic History, 1801-1900, was published by The Pennsylvania State University Press in December 2016. Paliyenko chaired the Department of French and Italian from 2006 to 2012, and is chair as of July 1, 2017.