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Amy S. Wyngaard

Amy S. Wyngaard


Professor, French and Francophone Studies
Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

aswyngaa@syr.edu

314 HB Crouse Hall
315.443.5496


Research and Teaching Interests

Amy S. Wyngaard specializes in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French literature and cultural history. The author of From Savage to Citizen: The Invention of the Peasant in the French Enlightenment (U of Delaware Press, 2004) and Bad Books:  Rétif de la Bretonne, Sexuality, and Pornography (U of Delaware Press, 2012), she has written articles appearing in PMLA, Eighteenth-Century Studies, MLNModern Language Quarterly, Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, and Eighteenth-Century Fiction. Since 2007, she has edited Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures, which has been produced by the Department since 1946. She teaches courses on a variety of topics, including the French Enlightenment, libertine fiction, women writers, Molière, and the culture of absolutism.

Courses

FRE 301 Grammar and Composition
FRE 315 French Civilization
FRE 403 Literature and Film
FRE 405/605 Culture in the Age of Louis XIV
FRE 407/607 Libertine Fictions
FRE 409/609 Culture and Revolution
FRE 411/611 Molière
FRE 413/613 French Women Writers

Education

  • Ph.D., French Literature, University of Pennsylvania (1998)
  • M.A., French Literature, University of Pennsylvania (1994)
  • B.A., French and Humanities, University of Colorado-Boulder (1992, magna cum laude)

Career

  • NEH Professor of the Humanities, Colgate University, Fall 2014
  • Professor, French and Francophone Studies, Syracuse University, 2013-present
  • Associate Professor, French and Francophone Studies, Syracuse University, 2004-2013
  • Assistant Professor, French and Francophone Studies, Syracuse University, 1998-2004
  • Editor, Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures, 2007-
  • French Book Review Editor, Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures, 2004-2007
  • Editorial Board, Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures,1998-2007

Selected Journal Articles

"The End of Pornography:  The Story of Story of O."  MLN 130 (2015):  980-97.

"Translating Sade:  The Grove Press Editions, 1953-1968."  Romanic Review 104.3-4 (2013):  313-31.

"Defining Obscenity, Inventing Pornography: The Limits of Censorship in Rétif de la Bretonne.” Modern Language Quarterly 71 (March 2010): 15-49.

"The Fetish in/as Text: Rétif de la Bretonne and the Development of Modern Sexual Science and French Literary Studies, 1887-1934.” PMLA 121 (May 2006): 663-686.

"Literary Texts or Historical Documents? Revisiting the Debates on Rétif de la Bretonne.” Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century 4 (2005): 171-180.

"Switching Codes: Class, Clothing, and Cultural Change in the Works of Marivaux and Watteau.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 33 (Summer 2000): 523-541.