Carol Lazzaro-Weis joined the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures as Chair and Professor of French and Italian in January 2003. Her teaching and research interests include the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French novel, French women writers of the seventeenth and eighteenth century, Race and the Enlightenment, nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italian literature, Francophone literature of North America contemporary Italian women writers, genre, and feminist literary theory. Her research has been supported by grants from the ACLS, NEH, the Fulbright Association and the Bogliasco Foundation and published in prestigious national and international journals. In addition to numerous articles on French and Italian writers, she has published the following books: Confused Epiphanies: L’abbé Prévost and the Romance Tradition (Lang, 1991); From Margins to Mainstream: Feminism and Fictional Modes in Italian Women’s Writings (1969-1992) (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993); La Signorina and Other Stories, a translation with Martha King and critical introduction to a collection of short stories by Italian women writer, Anna Banti and the Italian edition of the collection, both published by the MLA Texts and Translations series (2001). Her critical edition of and introduction to Victor Tixier’s Voyages dans la Louisiane et le Missouri (1842) appeared in Fall 2012 in Editions Tintamarre, the only French press in The United States of America. She is currently preparing a book-length manuscript on women’s historical novels in Italy, France, Francophone Canada and the Caribbean.
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