Julia Douthwaite

Julia Douthwaite

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Professor of French

Office: 120 Decio Hall
Phone: 574-631-9302
Email: Douthwaite.1@nd.edu

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Areas of Expertise

International studies, study abroad, internationalism, 18th- and early 19th-century French literature, the French Revolution, women’s writing, intersections between literature and science

Douthwaite teaches and writes on the French Enlightenment, the Revolution and the early 19th century. 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. Douthwaite has received grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Lilly Foundation. In 2011-12, Douthwaite organized the American debut at Notre Dame of the exhibit titled “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, “Art in the Service of Humanity: Rousseau and DIGNITY,” will appear in 2016 (University of Notre Dame Press). She is currently co-editing a book for the MLA called “Teaching Representations of the French Revolution” with 30-some contributors. In the 2016-17 academic year, Douthwaite will be on a sabbatical funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This time away from the classroom will allow for the research and writing of a new book project titled “Worrying about Money in France: The Literature and Art of Financial Crisis from Regency to Restoration.”


Three faculty receive fellowships from National Endowment for the Humanities
Julia Douthwaite to receive 2013 Sheedy Award
Notre Dame offers new study abroad program in Paris
Rousseau exhibit to focus on dignity of the human person
Douthwaite article reveals existence of French Frankenstein
International studies stronger than ever
Study abroad programs rank sixth nationally


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