Alison Calhoun

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Assistant Professor of French
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theatre & Drama

abcalhou@indiana.edu | (812) 856-6731 | GA 3145

Research Areas

  • Early Modern French Drama (theater, opera, ballet, festivals)
  • Intellectual and cultural history of the French Renaissance
  • Relationship between music and literature

Education

  • PhD, French, Johns Hopkins University, 2009
  • BA, French and Voice, Johns Hopkins University, 2002

Background

Professor Calhoun teaches and researches Early Modern French literature and drama. She actively publishes in the areas of Montaigne studies and baroque theater, especially opera and dance, the history of emotions, and the history of science and technology. Her first book, Montaigne and the Lives of the Philosophers: Life Writing and Transversality in the Essais (University of Delaware Press, 2015) situates Montaigne and Diogenes Laertius in the history of life writing from the French Renaissance to the Classical Age. Her current book project, The Mechanics of the Passions in French Baroque Drama is at the intersection of the history of emotions and the history of science and technology. This project studies how the emergence of sentimentality on the French Baroque stage was influenced by stage technology, specifically machines, automata, and androids.

Selected Publications

Books

Reviews

Marc-Andre Wiesman in The Sixteenth Century Journal, 47.1 (Spring, 2016): 251

James Helgeson, The Modern Language Review, 111.2 (April 2016): 549

Christopher Edelman, Renaissance Quarterly, 69.2 (Summer 2016): 727

Emma Claussen, French Studies, 70.4 (October 2016): 589

Translations

Rosaleny, V. R., “Las muertes de los filósofos" (Chapter 4 of my book), Revista Versiones 2.10 (2016): 161-193.

Articles

  • “Montaigne’s Swerve: The Geometry of the Parallel in the Essays and Other Writings.” Neophilologus (March 2017).
  • “Affective Sovereignty in Louis XIII’s Royal Ballet.” Nottingham French Studies 55.3 (December, 2016): 343-361.
  • “Corneille’s Andromède and Opera: Practice Before Theory.” Cahiers du dix-septième (2015): 1-17.
  • “The Court Turned Inside Out: The Collapse of Dignity in Louis XIII’s Burlesque Ballet.” in French Renaissance and Baroque Drama, ed. Michael Meere (University of Delaware Press, 2015).
  • “Tongue-Tied: Fairground Theater and the Essence of Comedy,” European Drama and Performance Studies, 2 (2014): 135-154.
  • "The Architecture of Arcadia: Lully, Quinault, and the Complicit Spectator of the Tragédie en Musique," Seventeenth Century French Studies, 33, No. 2 (2011): 114-26
  • "Montaigne and the Comic: Exposing Private Life." Philosophy and Literature, Volume 35, Number 2 (October 2011): 303-319
  • "Montaigne's Two Plutarchs." Montaigne Studies. XXI, Nos. 1-2 (2009): Montaigne et les philosophes: 103-114
  • "Redefining Nobility In the French Renaissance: The Case of Montaigne's Journal de voyage." Modern Language Notes French Edition, 123, 3 (September 2008): 835-53

Co-edited Books

  • Rethinking the Medieval Senses: Heritage/Fascinations/Frames. Calhoun, Kablitz, Nichols (eds.) Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
  • Rethinking the New Medievalism. Bloch, Calhoun, Cerquiglini-Toulet, Küpper, Patterson (eds.) Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.

Courses Taught

  • F300: The Rebel in French Literature
  • F300: French Theater Workshop
  • F300: Exploring the Self
  • F300: Prosaic, Poetic and Theatrical Identities
  • F313: Advanced Grammar
  • F362: La France: 1500-1800
  • F375: The Heroine in French Theater
  • F423: 17th Century French Literature
  • F451: French Literature and Music
  • F632: 17th Century French Drama
  • F825: Early Modern French Drama and the Arts (1571-1691)
  • F825: Approaches to French Literature and Music: From Machaut to Debussy

Honors, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Mosaic Faculty Fellow, IUTS, Indiana University, Active Learning Fellowship
  • Trustees Teaching Award, Indiana University, 2015-2016
  • Wenner-Gren Visiting Scholar Grant, sponsored by Erland Sellberg, Stockholm University
  • New Faculty Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies, 2010-2012
  • Louis Marin Fellow, École Normale Supérieure Paris (Ulm), 2006-2007
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