Julia Douthwaite Viglione
Professor Emerita of French and Francophone Studies
B.A., M.A., University of Washington; Certificat de Maitrise, Faculté des Lettres, Université de Nantes, France; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University
Julia Douthwaite Viglione, Professor Emerita of French and Francophone Studies, writes on the French Enlightenment, the Revolution, and 19th-century France. After 27 years in South Bend, she retired from Notre Dame in July 2018 and returned to her hometown: Seattle, WA. She currently channels her literary inspirations and eye for aesthetic detail into a small business providing “heirlooms that soothe the spirit”: Honey Girl Books and Gifts.
Her most recent book, The Frankenstein of 1790 and Other Lost Chapters from Revolutionary France (University of Chicago Press, 2012), shows how key events of the French Revolution took shape through newspaper and imagery produced during the turmoil, and how those same events were later retold by authors such as L. Frank Baum, Mary Shelley, Honoré de Balzac, and Charles Dickens. A French edition, Le Frankenstein français et la littérature de l'ère révolutionnaire (translated with the help of former students Pierre André and Alexane Bébin) was published in 2016 by Classiques Garnier, Paris.
In the 2016-17 academic year, she was on a sabbatical funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This time away from the classroom allowed for early research on a book entitled “Money Worries: Financial Anxieties in French and American Literature.” During the 2017-18 academic year, she helped organize an art exhibition at the Snite Museum called Money Worries and twice taught a second-year course on that topic as well (a CSEM—for sophomores seeking to hone their public speaking skills). The interdisciplinary perspectives afforded by these activities and the fascinating dynamics that emerged in the classroom will be woven into the book-in-progress.
Over the course of her 27-year career at Notre Dame, she received grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Lilly Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (two year-long fellowships and one summer stipend).
In 2011-12, she organized the American début at Notre Dame of the exhibit entitled DIGNITY: Human Rights and Poverty, co-sponsored by Amnesty International France, which was first displayed at the Hôtel de Ville, Paris, in 2010. A companion volume, Rousseau and Dignity: Art Serving Humanity, is now available.
A forthcoming volume that she edited for the Modern Language Association’s Options for Teaching series, with Antoinette Sol and Catriona Seth, is called Teaching Representations of the French Revolution. It is slated for publication in 2019.
PDFs of all her publications may be found on academia.edu.
Other books include The Wild Girl, Natural Man, and the Monster: Dangerous Experiments in the Age of Enlightenment (University of Chicago Press, 2002) and Exotic Women: Literary Heroines and Cultural Strategies in Ancien Régime France (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992). Edited volumes include: with Prof. Mary Vidal, The Interdisciplinary Century, SVEC (2005); with Prof. David Lee Rubin, two special issues of EMF: Studies in Early Modern France on Cultural Studies, vols. 6-7 (2000-01).
Readers may be interested to know that Dr. Douthwaite Viglione's writing on revolution and human rights has forged a lasting dedication to her local community. Inspired by the photographers she met while working on the DIGNITY project, she created a free weekly writing workshop for kids ages 8-12 called “Write YOUR Story.” After six successful years of co-teaching “Write YOUR Story” in South Bend, she plans to offer the class to Seattle kids beginning in Fall 2018.
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