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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
302-831-2591
 

Biography

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, Women's Stories in Le Mercure Galant (1672-1710): Feminine Fictions in an Early French Periodical (Amsterdam University Press, 2024), 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 Le​s 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 the recipient of a summe​r stipend grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2023) and a French in Higher Education grant from the French Government (2024).​ 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.

Degrees

PhD, French Literature, New York University

MA, Comparative Literature (French/Spanish), University of California at Berkeley

BA, Comparative Literature (French/Spanish), Yale University

Publications

Book:

Women's Stories in Le Mercure Galant (1672-1710): Feminine Fictions in an Early French Periodical, Amsterdam University Press, 2024.​

Critical editions and translations:

Jean Donneau de Visé, L'Embarras de Godard ou l'Accouchée (1668), in Théâtre complet de Donneau de Visé, ed. Christophe Schuwey, forthcoming from Classiques Garnier.​

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.

Selected articles:

« L’Étude de c​​as, une arme contre la misogynie dans Les Dames vengées de Jean Donneau de Visé (1695) » in Femmes, Théâtre, Religions, Ed. Éric Turcat, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2023, 71-81.

“Early Modern Fake Ne​ws: The Case of Le Mercure Galant,” Past and Present, Volume 257, Issue Supplement_16, November 2022, 143–171. ​

« 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 Projects:

Stories from Le M​​​​ercure Galant: A Bilingual Digital Critical Anthology​​ (in progress)

« 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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