Author Biography

Julie Candler Hayes is Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is also Professor of French. Her research focuses primarily on literary and philosophical texts of the French Enlightenment; she has also written extensively on contemporary literary theory and the history and theory of translation. Her most recent book is Translation, Subjectivity, and Culture in France and England, 1600-1800 (2009). Her earlier books study French theatre and Enlightenment concepts of systematicity in literature, philosophy, and science. She co-edited two volumes, Using the Encyclopédie: Ways of Reading, Ways of Knowing (with Daniel Brewer, 2002) and Emilie Du Châtelet: Rewriting Enlightenment Philosophy and Science (with Judith Zinsser, 2006). Her current scholarly work looks at seventeenth- and eighteenth-century women moral philosophers. A past recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Humanities Center, she was recently honored by being named Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government. She has served on the boards of a number of scholarly organizations and journals and is currently co-chair of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession of the Modern Language Association. She is the 2012-13 President of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.


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