RS Grad Conference – Keynote Speaker Announced

The keynote speaker for the upcoming BU Romance Studies graduate conference will be Dr. Rachel Mesch, noted expert on 19th century French literature!

Dr. Rachel Mesch received her BA from Yale College (1993), her MA from Columbia University (1995), and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania (2000). A specialist in nineteenth-century French literature and culture, Dr. Mesch conducts research and teaches on the French novel, women writers, gender studies, visual and media culture, the history of photography, the French Enlightenment, and the Belle Epoque.

Dr. Mesch is the author of Having It All in the Belle Epoque: How French Women Writers Invented the Modern Woman (Stanford UP, 2013), and The Hysteric’s Revenge: French Women Writers at the Fin de Siècle (Vanderbilt U. Press, 2006). Her most recent book, Before Trans: Three Gender Stories from Nineteenth-Century France was published by Stanford University Press in March 2020. 

The conference will be held on Saturday, April 15, with schedule to be announced soon. Register here.