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Lesley Walker

DW 3237
(574) 520-4199


Dr. Lesley Walker has been at IU South Bend since 1997. She teaches language, literature, and culture classes of France and the Francophone world. In the summer of 2008, she and English Professor Joseph Chaney will teach their course, "On Becoming Modern in Paris and London," which includes a three-week overseas stay in these two magnificent cities.

Her research field is eighteenth-century French studies, focusing specifically on women's art and literature. She has recently completed a book, A Mother's Love: Crafting Feminine Virtue in Enlightenment France, on this topic. She is currently involved in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame and the Université d’Aix-en-Provence to reflect on and propose new paradigms for French Revolution Studies. In October 2008, IU South Bend and Notre Dame will co-host a conference on this theme. (See: Dr. Walker received a substantial grant from IU New Frontiers Grant to underwrite this effort

Courses Taught

Introduction à la France moderne

Littérature africaine de l’expression française

Chefs d’oeuvres de la littérature francophone: 1 & 2

The Art of Looking: Women and French Cinema

On Becoming Modern in Paris and London

Intermediate French

Beginning French

Selected Publications

A Mother’s Love: Crafting Feminine Virtue in Enlightenment France (Lewisburg, PA; Bucknell University Press, 2008).

“Producing Feminine Virtue: Strategies of Terror in the Writings of Madame de Genlis ,” Tulsa Studies on Women's Literature ( University of Tulsa Press , fall 2004), pp. 213-236.

“Marie-Jeanne Roland de la Platière ,” in Dictionary of Literary Biography , volume on the French Enlightenment, ed., Samia I. Spencer ( Columbia , SC : Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc., 2005, pp 110-15.

“Une Leçon: les femmes auteures récrivent Rousseau,” in Lectrices d'Ancien Régime (Rennes : Presses Universitaires Rennes 2, 2003) pp. 371-380.

“When Girls Read Rousseau: The Case of Madame Roland,” Eighteenth-Century Theory and Interpretation , vol. 42, no. 2 (2003) pp. 22-46.

“Sweet and Consoling Virtue: The Memoirs of Madame Roland,” Eighteenth-Century Studies , vol. 34, no. 3 (2001) pp. 403-419.

“What Did I Do to Deserve This ?: The Mother in the Films of Pedro Almodóvar ,” Hispanic Issues , 1998, pp. 273-288.

Honors and Awards

2008 IU New Frontiers Grant to support a colloquium co-sponsored by IU South Bend and the University of Notre Dame ($18,600)

2001 - Indiana University Arts and Humanities Research Grant (paid-semester research leave, $25,000),

1996-97 - Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship, UCLA and the William Clark Memorial Library, Los Angeles ($18,000)

1993-94 - Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota , Minneapolis ($12,000)