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Lauren Ravalico
Visiting Assistant Professor

romance languages and literatures

Academic Degrees

Ph.D., Harvard University; M.A., Tulane University; B.A., Cornell University

Ph.D. Dissertation

“Resonant Silence: Staël, Sand, and the Poetics of Listening,” Harvard University, 2011.

Research Areas

18th- 21st-century literature, visual culture, and philosophy with specialization in 19th-century French cultural studies, history of the senses, affect theory, women in the arts, gender and sexuality studies, political theory of equality, social history of dialogue and networking, community based learning in the Humanities".

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

"A Sensual Education: Embodied Experience in the Female Bildungsroman." George Sand Studies 31 (2012).

“Liquid Union: Listening through Tears and the Creation of Community in Corinne,” Staël’s Philosophy of the Passions: Sensibility, Society, and the Sister Arts, eds. Tili Boon Cuillé and Karyna Szmurlo. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2013, p. 131-49.

Recent Papers and Presentations

"Still Life of Skin: Manet, Morisot, and the Problem of Female Flesh," The Society of French Historical Studies, Cambridge, MA, April 2013.

“Emotional Equality and Sexual Compatibility, or the Future of Justice According to George Sand,” invited lecture, L.P. Irvin Colloquia and Lecture Series, Department of French and Italian, Miami University, Oxford, OH, April 11, 2012.

“Moving Forward: The Transition from Ph.D. Student to Professor,” invited presentation, French and Italian Graduate Student Association of The Ohio State University (FIGSA) Professional Development Seminar, Columbus, OH, January 2012.

“The Right to Remain Silent: Sandian Irony and the Poetics of Wordlessness,” Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium (NCFS), Philadelphia, PA, October 2011.

“The Emotional Ecosystem of Sand’s Consuelo: Love and the Problem of Sustainability,” Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium (NCFS), New Haven, CT, October 2010.

“You Have an Evite from Corinne: Whine and Cheese Party in Italy!!!,” invited to Roundtable Discussion on Teaching Corinne in the 21st Century Classroom, American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies Meeting (ASECS), Albuquerque, NM, March 2010.

“‘Je suis toute oreille’: Consuelo, or Becoming Auditory,” MLA Convention, Philadelphia, PA, December 2009.

“Liquid Union: The Poetics of Listening in Corinne ou l’Italie,” The Germaine de Staël Society for Revolutionary and Romantic Studies International Symposium, St. Louis, MO, May 2009.

Lauren Ravalico

Contact Information

Boston College
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Lyons Hall 307E
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3820
FAX: 617-552-2064