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Suzanne R. Pucci

Research Interests:
Enlightenment Literature and culture
Intimacy in early modern France
Theater and Performance studies
Commedia dell'arte

Ph.D., Syracuse University


Enlightenment literature and culture; intimacy in Early Modern Society; theater and Performance Studies.


Selected Publications:


-Sites of the Spectator: Emerging Literary and Cultural Practice in Eighteenth-Century France. The Voltaire Foundation, Oxford University, 2001.

-Jane Austen and Co: Remaking the Past in Contemporary Culture. Co-Editor with James Thompson, State University of New York Press,2003).

-Diderot and a Poetics of Science, Peyre Institute for the Humanities, CUNY Interdisciplinary Series "Reading Plus," ed. Mary Ann Caws (New York: Peter Lang, 1986).

Edited Volumes

Edited Volumes:

Esthetics of Intimacy/Esthétiques de l’intime, co-edited with Elisabeth Arnould, L’Esprit Créateur, (Spring 2004), 120 pp.  

                - Diderot in the Wake of Modern Critical Thought, special issue edited for  Diderot Bicentennial, L'Esprit Créateur, XXIV, 1 (Spring 1984), 128 pp.

 Chapters in Books

"Watteau and Theatre: Moveable fêtes," Antoine Watteau: Perspectives on the Artist and The Culture of his Time, ed. Mary D. Sheriff (Delaware: University of Delaware Press), 2006, 106-122.

“Montesquieu, Poète du départ,, in Les "Lettres persanes" en leur temps,  Classiques Garnier, 2013, ISBN 978-2-8124-1776-4, pp. 185-206.

“Snapshots of the Family in the French eighteenth Century: The Case of Paul et Virginie,”  Eighteenth-Century Culture, eds. Downing Thomas, Linda Zionkowski, Baltimore & London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008 (vol. 35), 89-118.

“Patriarcat et domesticité dans les Lettres persanes de Montesquieu,” Sciences,  musiques, lumières:Hommage à A. -M. Chouillet, ed. Dr Ulla Kölving, Directeur de recherches, Centre international d'étude du XVIIIe siècle, Ferney-Voltaire, Published by the Centre, 2002, 269- 279.    

"The Return Home,” in Jane Austen and Co: Remaking the Past. in Contemporary Culture, co-edited by Suzanne R. Pucci and James Thompson (Albany New York: State University of New York Press, January 2003), 133-155.

“The Discrete Charms of the Exotic: Fictions of the Harem in Eighteenth-Century France," in Exoticism in the Enlightenment, eds. Roy Porter and George Rousseau (Manchester England: University of Manchester Press,1990), 145-75.

"Letters from the Harem: Veiled Figures of Writing in Montesquieu's Lettres persanes," in Writing the Female Voice: Essays on Epistolary Literature, ed. Elizabeth Goldsmith (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1989), 114-35.

"Candide and Distortion in the Age of Reason," in Approaches to Teaching World Literature: Voltaire's Candide, Series ed. Joseph Gibaldi; vol. ed., Renée Waldinger (N.Y.: Modern Language Association of America, 1987), 58-64.

Articles in Journals

"The Nature of Sibling Incest and Domestic Intimacy in Diderot's Le Fils naturel," Eighteenth-Century Studies, 30. 3 (1997): 271-87. 

"Diderot and the Essay," in Encyclopedia of the Essay, ed. Tracy Chevalier, (London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997), 219-20.

"The Currency of Exchange in Beaumarchais' Mariage de Figaro: From the 'Master Trope' Synecdoche to Fetish," in Eighteenth-Century Studies, 25. 1 (Fall 1991): 57-84.

 “Tartuffe in Text and Performance 2000: A Blueprint for Collaboration,” The French Review, vol 78, no. 4 (March 2005), 22-42.

“Snapshots of the Family: Picture Perfect,” in Esthetics of Intimacy/Esthétiques de l’intime. L’Esprit Créateur  (Spring 2004), 68-82.

"Tableau and Tabloid in Marivaux's Le Spectateur français," Yale French Studies, ed. Elena Russo, (1997), no. 92: 149-70.

“The Curency of Exchange, reprinted in Beaumarchais, Literature Criticism from 1400-1800, Gale Group, 2001, vol. 61.  ISBN: 0-7876-4679-2.

"'Ceci n'est pas...' Negative Framing in Diderot and Magritte," Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 20. 3 (Summer 1987): 1-15.

 "Orientalism and Representations of Exteriority in Montesquieu's Lettres  persanes," Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 26. 3 (Fall  1985): 263-79.

 "The Art, Nature and Fiction of Diderot's Beholder," Stanford French Review VIII (Fall 1984): 273-94.

 "Vision and the 'I' of the Beholder," in L"Esprit Créateur XXIV. 1 (Spring 1984): 108-22.

 "Metamorphosis and Metaphor in Diderot's Rêve de D'Alembert: Pygmalion Materialized," Symposium (Winter 1981-82): 225-40.