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Masha M. Belenky Faculty Member

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My current research focuses on cultural history of public transit in nineteenth-century France. My book, Engine of Modernity: the Omnibus and Urban Culture in 19th-c Paris, was published by Manchester University Press, in their Interventions: Rethinking the Nineteenth-century series. I also recently have coedited a volume of essays on new methodological approaches to French popular culture (published in April 2017). In addition, I have recently completed a second major project, an annotated scholarly edition of nineteenth-century popular texts, and a translation into English to be published by the MLA Text and Translation series later this year. Since the “cultural turn” in literary studies several years ago, and given that most colleagues I know include such texts (alongside canonical literature) in their regular teaching, such a volume could be very useful in teaching nineteenth-century literature and culture. My current research project focuses on writings by Emmeline Raymond, a prominent 19th-c journalist and editor-in-chief of La Mode Illustrée, a fashion magazine that also cast itself as an arbiter of taste and bourgeois morality. The outcome will likely be several articles in a peer-review journals, and eventually a book - a literary and cultural biography of this important if overlooked figure. In addition, I am also working on an article focusing on ideological implications of a Parisian archetype of "street urchin", and am beginning a new translation project, focusing on the writer Eugenie Foa. This year, I have published a special issue of Romanic Review in honor of my mentor Priscilla Ferguson, and am completing another special issue of another journal on the state my field, both featuring contributions by leading scholars.

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