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Deborah Steinberger

  • Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature
    Director, Program in Comparative Literature

University of Delaware
205 Jastak-Burgess Hall
Newark, DE 19716

(302) 831-2044
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Deborah Steinberger, Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature, joined the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in 1994. Her areas of specialization include early modern French women writers and 17th and 18th-century French theater. She has published critical editions of theater and other works by Françoise Pascal (1632-c.1700), as well as articles in edited collections and encyclopedias about this dramatist, painter and poet. Her current research and writing focus on the Mercure Galant, one of France’s first newspapers. Her book in progress examines the periodical’s innovations as well as its role as a vehicle for pro-Louis XIV propaganda. Dr. Steinberger is an active member of the Society for Interdisciplinary French 17th-century Studies (SE17). She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in French language, literature and culture. She also regularly offers for advanced students a French Theater Workshop, a course which culminates in a French-language stage production.


  • PhD, French Literature, New York University
  • MA, Comparative Literature (French/Spanish), University of California at Berkeley
  • BA, Comparative Literature (French/Spanish), Yale University


  • Françoise Pascal, Sésostris, tragicomédie (1661) and Le Vieillard amoureux, pièce comique (1664). In the anthology Théatre de femmes, XVIe-XVIIIe siècles, Ed. Aurore Évain, Henriette Goldwyn and Perry Gethner. Press of the Université de Saint-Etienne, France, 2008.
  • Françoise Pascal, Le Commerce du Parnasse (1669). University of Exeter Press (UK), 2001.
  • “Obstinate Women and Sleeping Beauties in the Kingdom of Miracles: Conversion Stories in the Mercure galant’s Anti-Protestant Propaganda.” Papers on French Seventeenth-Century Literature 40:58 (2013) 1-15.
  • “Women and Men Writing about Love: An Approach to Teaching Seventeenth-Century French Literature.” 310-316 in Options for Teaching Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century French Women Writers. Ed. Faith Beasley. New York: MLA, 2011.
  • “Gender Politics of the correspondance galante: Françoise Pascal, Anne-Marie de la Vigne, Catherine Bernard.” 187-195 in La Spiritualité, L’Épistolaire, et le Merveilleux au Grand Siècle, eds. David Wetsel and Frédéric Canovas. Tübingen: Biblio17, 2003.
  • “Profiting from Scandal: The Case of La Devineresse,” Cahiers du Dix-Septième 9, No. 1 (2003).
  • “The Difficult Birth of the Good Mother: Donneau de Visé’s L’Embarras de Godard, ou l’Accouchée,” 201-211 in Maternal Measures: Figuring Caregiving in the Early Modern Period, eds. Naomi Yavneh and Naomi Miller. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2000.
  • “Françoise Pascal, Le Commerce du Parnasse,” translation of selections from this work, with critical introduction and notes. 289-304 in Writings by Pre-Revolutionary French Women, eds. Colette Winn and Anne Larsen. New York: Garland Press, 2000).

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