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Deborah Steinberger, Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature, joined the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures 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 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 Le Mercure Galant, one of France's first newspapers. Her book in progress, Women's Stories in Donneau de Visé's Le Mercure Galant, examines the periodical's innovations, especially its cultivation of a female reading public and its navigation of the boundary between fact and fiction. She is a contributor to the international digital humanities project Les Nouvelles Nouvelles, an online edition of an early work by Donneau de Visé. Dr. Steinberger is an officer of the Society for Interdisciplinary French 17th-century Studies (SE17) and serves on the executive committee of the Centre de Rencontres Internationales sur le 17e siècle (CIR-17). She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in French language, literature and culture. She also regularly offers for advanced undergraduates a French Theater Workshop, a course that 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
Critical editions and translations:
Françoise Pascal, Sésostris, tragicomédie (1661) and Le Vieillard amoureux, pièce comique (1664). In the anthology Théâtre de femmes de l'Ancien Régime, vol. 2, Eds. Aurore Évain, Henriette Goldwyn and Perry Gethner, Classiques Garnier, 2015.
Françoise Pascal, Le Commerce du Parnasse (1669). University of Exeter Press (UK), 2001.
"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.
« Le Parnasse au féminin dans les Nouvelles nouvelles de Donneau de Visé. » Papers on Seventeenth Century French Literature 44 : 87 (2018), 267-274.
« Un nain géant : Le Mercure Galant devant ses critiques. » In Mineurs, minorités, marginalités au Grand Siècle, ed. Marta Teixeira Anacleto. Paris : Éditions Garnier, Collection Rencontres, 2018.
"Le Théâtre 'classique' de Danièle Sallenave." In Danièle Sallenave, une écriture impliquée, une œuvre opiniâtre, eds. Bruno Blanckeman, Sabrinelle Bedrane, and Bruno Thibault. Paris : Presses Universitaires de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2018.
"Le Mercure Galant and its Student Body : Donneau de Visé's Inclusive Pedagogy. " Cahiers du Dix-Septième 17 (2016) 41-56.
"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.
Digital Humanities Project:
« Extrait d'une lettre écrite du Parnasse. » Introduction and notes. 2019. Nouvelles Nouvelles Project
In collaboration with Christophe Schuwey (Yale) and Claude Bourqui (Université de Fribourg, Switzerland).
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