Rivereuse: Water, Gender and Resource in Early-Modern France

SEP 21, 2018 | 5:00 PM




The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
French Loung, Room 4202


4202: French Student Lounge


September 21, 2018: 5:00 PM




French, Renaissance Studies, Women's Studies, History and Comparative Literature


Guest speaker, Katherine Ibbett is Professor of French at the University of Oxford, and Caroline de Jager Fellow in French at Trinity College, Oxford; she has previously taught at University College London and the University of Michigan. She is the author of Compassion’s Edge: Fellow-Feeling and its Limits in Early Modern France (Penn, 2017) and The Style of the State in French Theater (Ashgate, 2009), and the co-editor of Walter Benjamin’s Hypothetical French Trauerspiel (Yale French Studies 2013). She is currently working on a book entitled Liquid Empire, about the writing of water in France and the Americas. 

Talk: This talk explores the relationship between a figurative language about rivers and a new science of hydrology in early modern France and the French Americas. How did the residents of riverbanks - from nymphs to washerwomen - navigate the significance of the river and its multiple resources?