Indiana University Bloomington
Department of French and Italian

Guillaume Ansart

Guillaume Ansart

Associate Professor of French

Office: Ballantine Hall 620
Office phone: 855-9608
gansartatindiana.edu
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Research Areas

Eighteenth-century literature and culture, especially the novel and political theory

Education

  • PhD, French Literature, Princeton University, 1995
  • MA and Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies (ABD), American Literature, Université Paris VII Denis Diderot, 1983-84
  • BA in English Linguistics, Université Paris VII Denis Diderot, 1982

Background

My initial primary field of research was the eighteenth-century novel, which I tended to approach first from a formal perspective and then increasingly from a sociological one. Dating back to my graduate studies at Princeton, I have also had a strong interest in political theory, and lately it has become my main area of research. I have recently worked on the political culture of the late eighteenth century, particularly on Raynal and Diderot's Histoire des deux Indes, and on Condorcet. Some of my other interests include utopian literature, historiography, and the development of mathematics in the eighteenth century.

Selected Publications

Books

  • Réflexion utopique et pratique romanesque au Siècle des Lumières: Prévost, Rousseau, Sade. Paris: Lettres Modernes Minard, 1999.
  • Condorcet. Ecrits sur les Etats-Unis. Edition critique par Guillaume Ansart. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2012.
  • Condorcet. Writings on the United States. Edited, translated, and with an introduction by Guillaume Ansart. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2012.

Articles

  • "Variations on Montesquieu: Raynal and Diderot's Histoire des deux Indes and the American Revolution." Journal of the History of Ideas 70.3 (July 2009).
  • "Condorcet, Social Mathematics, and Women's Rights." Eighteenth-Century Studies 42.3 (Spring 2009).
  • "From Voltaire to Raynal and Diderot's Histoire des deux Indes: The French Philosophes and Colonial America." In Aurelian Craiutu and Jeffrey C. Isaac, eds. America through European Eyes. British and French Reflections on the New World from the Eighteenth Century to the Present. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2009.
  • "Le Triomphe de l'amour: Cross-Dressing and Self-Discovery in Marivaux." MLN (Modern Language Notes) 117.4 (September 2002).
  • "Rousseau, Bataille, et le principe de l'utilité classique." French Studies 55.1 (January 2001).
  • "Aspects of Rationality in Diderot's Supplément au voyage de Bougainville." Diderot Studies 28 (2000).
  • "Le concept de figure dans les Pensées." Poétique 121 (février 2000).
  • "'Ancien' et 'Moderne' dans Manon Lescaut et La Vie de Marianne." Revue d'histoire littéraire de la France 99.5 (septembre 1999).
  • "L'imaginaire politique de l'abbé Prévost: De Cleveland aux Mémoires de Malte." Eighteenth-Century Fiction 10.1 (October 1997).

Courses

  • Writing History in France: From Enlightenment to Romanticism
  • The Enlightenment and Other Cultures: Images of the Exotic Other in Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • Le Roman au XVIIIe siècle: Le roman-mémoires et le roman épistolaire
  • Enlightenment Narrative: Love, the Family, and Social Order

Honors, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Summer Faculty Fellowship, 2009
  • College Arts & Humanities Institute (CAHI) Fellowship
  • Teaching Excellence Recognition Award (TERA), 1999
  • Summer Faculty Fellowship, 1995