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DegreesUniversity of Colorado, Ph.D.
University of Colorado, M.A.
University of Tennessee, B.A.
ExpertiseWord and Image Studies, Portraiture, Illustrated Books, Early Modern French literature, Louis XIV and his court, the Development of the Novel, "Formes brèves," the Philosophy of Language
ProfileCatherine J. Lewis Theobald, Ph.D., is a full-time Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies after being on the tenure track at CUNY and teaching at Boston University. Her research has two main foci: early modern French literature and word and image studies. Many of her publications focus on prose forms that rely on visual imagery, particularly the verbal portrait, and on book engravings. In journals such as French Forum, Papers on French Seventeenth-Century Literature, and Women in French Studies, she explores the idea that the literary portrait, despite its reputation as a mere salon game, has an evolving presence in a large body of early modern writing. Several of her most recent publications address questions of gender, identity, viewing, and pleasure in early modern text and pictures, and her newest project examines associations between Louis XIV and bodies of scientific knowledge in written and visual portraits of the king. Dr Theobald strives to enrich her teaching by bringing her research into the classroom at all levels. Most recently, she developed and taught a new upper-level class in French entitled "Reading Versailles: Portrait, Space, and Spectacle under the Sun King." She is thrilled to be a part of the Brandeis community.
|FREN||32a||Intermediate French: Conversation|
|FREN||104b||Advanced Language Skills through Culture|
|FREN||105a||France Today: French Conversation|
|FREN||106b||The Art of Composition|
|FREN||146a||Reading Versailles: Portrait, Space and Spectacle under the Sun King|
Awards and Honors
PSC-CUNY research grant for work in Paris (2008 - 2010)
CUNY William Stewart Travel Award (2006)
College of Staten Island CELT grant (Departmental technology grant) (2006 - 2007)
PSC-CUNY research grant for work in Oxford and Paris (2006 - 2008)
University of Colorado: Andrée Kail Dissertation Award (2004)
Rocky Mountain MLA Graduate Student Travel Award (2003)
Beth Leapley Memorial Grant for Research at the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris (2002)
Gladys Manning Award for Dissertation Research (2002)
Thomas Edwin Devaney Dissertation Fellowship (2002 - 2003)
University of Colorado at Boulder: Newberry Library Research Grant (2002)
University of Colorado Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award (2000)
University of Colorado Graduate Fellowship (1999 - 2004)
Summa Cum Laude (1992)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville: Valedictorian/ Top Graduating Senior in the College of Liberal Arts, Humanities (1992)
Theobald, Catherine. "Graphic Descriptions: The Pleasures of Image and Text in _Julie, ou la Nouvelle Héloïse_." Book Illustration in the Long Eighteenth Century: Reconfiguring the Visual Periphery of the Text. Ed. Christina Ionescu. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011. 367-98.
Theobald, Catherine. "The Many Fictions of La Rochefoucauld: Searching for Sitter, Self, and Society in ‘Portrait de M.R.D.’ and the _Maximes_." Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature. (2005): 399-418. Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800. vol. 172 Ed. Thomas J. Schoenberg and Lawrence J. Trudeau. Detroit, New York, San Francisco, New Haven, London: Gale, 2010.
Theobald, Catherine. "The Princess and the Paradox: Irreconcilable Images in _La Princesse de Clèves_." Papers on French Seventeenth-Century Literature XXXVII. 72 (2010): 33-44.
Theobald, Catherine. "Shifting Pictures of Class, Gender, and Self in Mademoiselle de Montpensier's 'Portrait de Monsieur de Brais'." Women in French Studies 17. (2009): 30-53.
Theobald, Catherine. "From Portrait to Person: Discourses on Representation and Reality in Rousseau's _Julie ou la Nouvelle Héloïse_." The Word and Image in the Long Eighteenth Century: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue. first ed. Ed. Christina Ionescu and Renata Schellenberg. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008. 210-26.
Theobald, Catherine. "Formes Brèves as Linguistic and Social Meditations in _Le Misanthrope_." French Forum 31. 2 (Spring) (2006): 15-34.
Theobald, Catherine. "The Many Fictions of La Rochefoucauld: Searching for Sitter, Self, and Society in `Portrait de M.R.D.¿ and the _Maximes_." Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature XXXII. 63 (2005): 399-418.
Theobald, Catherine. "The Two Faces of Amérinthe: Literary Portraiture in Mademoiselle de Scudéry's _Clélie_." Seventeenth-Century French Studies 25. (2005): 205-18.
Theobald, Catherine. "Layers of Portraiture in _Manon Lescaut_: Changing Modes of Representation in a Changing Society." French Forum 28. 2 (Spring) (2003): 1-19.