Spotlight: Personally Speaking: Allison Stedman

Spotlight: Personally Speaking: Allison Stedman

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

People today connect, create and consume information using blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other virtual media. This world feels brand new – but is it?

The next UNC Charlotte Personally Speaking talk on Feb. 27 will explore how 17th-century writers and readers sparked a transformation in France similar to that of today’s Internet. Their collections of diverse and experimental texts brought together rich and poor, Catholics and Protestants, children and adults and ultimately undermined the social and political status quo. This paved the way for the intellectual revolution of the French Enlightenment, the foundation of modern democracy.

UNC Charlotte author Allison Stedman will share her research during her talk at 6:30 PM at UNC Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library. Stedman is the third of four UNC Charlotte College of Liberal Arts & Sciences scholars to present during this year’s community series, co-sponsored by the college and Atkins Library. A reception follows each free lecture. RSVPs are requested via email or 704-687-1429. Parking is provided.

Stedman’s book, Rococo Fiction in France, 1600-1714: Seditious Frivolity (Bucknell University Press, 2012), is the first comprehensive study of 17th-century French experimental writing. These early modern texts allowed authors and readers of diverse age, gender, religion, social class and geographic location to connect and interact, and by doing so, created alternative social structures.

Stedman is associate professor of French and associate chair of the Department of Languages and Culture Studies at UNC Charlotte. A specialist in 17th-century experimental literature, Stedman has published numerous articles on early modern French literary portraits, psalm paraphrases, novels and fairy tales, as well as on pedagogical strategies for teaching French and Italian literature and culture at the university level. With Perry Gethner, she is the co-editor and translator of the late 17th-century experimental novel A Trip to the Country by Henriette-Julie de Castelnau, Comtesse de Murat (2011), and she is the lead author of a modern French version of the same novel, forthcoming with Rennes University Press in January 2014.

"We invite the community to discover the stories behind Stedman’s book and the other fascinating books in our series," said Nancy A. Gutierrez, Dean of UNC Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. "These talks further connect the community with the college’s faculty and their research in a way that invites conversation and exploration."

Previous Personally Speaking presentations included Jonathan Marks on September 24 and Aimee Parkison on November 13. The final presentation scheduled for the 2013-2014 series is:

  • Thursday, March 20, 2014, UNC Charlotte Center City, Martha Kropf, Helping America Vote: The Limits of Election Reform, Routledge; 1 edition (December 22, 2011). Kropf is a faculty member in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. Her areas of specialty include elections, voting behavior, public opinion, and survey methodology. Her book considers the implementation of the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 and the question of how effective election reforms have been. The book speaks to the conflict between values of access and integrity in U.S. election administration.