Author Biography

Associate Professor of French & Francophone Studies, Women’s Studies, and African American Studies, Professor Clark-Evans researches 16th- and 18th-century French literature and intellectual history. She received her B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College (PA). Her book Diderot’s ‘La Religieuse’: A Philosophical Novel (Editions CERES, Montreal, 1995) treats the implications of the tragic, satirical, and philosophical ideas and systems in this 18th-century novel about the outlaw nun Suzanne. Other scholarly publications are on early modern French women authors, philosophy, and science. She has taught on these topics and on African American philosophy and women of color. A recipient of various fellowships and prizes, including Newberry Library, American Council of Learned Societies, and Ford Foundation awards, she has been co-investigator on a group project concerning women’s self-representation in visual art and writing and has recently completed a book manuscript entitled “Talking Bodies: The Discovery of the Vocal Cords and Early Neuroscience in Diderot’s Generation, 1741-1765.”


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