Department ofLanguages & Literatures

Rebecca Wilkin

Rebecca Wilkin

Associate Professor of French

253-535-7313 (office)

Profile

Professional
Emphases

Intellectual history in early modern France

Feminist criticism

Counter-Reformation culture

Francophone literature

Education
Degrees

B.A., Brown University, 1994

M.A., University of Michigan, 1996

Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2000

Personal
Biography

Professor Wilkin specializes in intellectual history in early modern France--skepticism, stoicism, Descartes and Cartesianism--from the standpoint of feminist criticism. She also works on Counter-Reformation culture: mysticism, demonology, and missionary encounters with the native peoples of North America. She teaches francophone literature from Europe,North America, and Africa.

Publications

Books

  • Gabrielle Suchon, A Woman Who Defends All the Persons of Her Sex: Selected Philosophical and Moral Writings, co-translated and co-edited with Domna C. Stanton, The University of Chicago Press, 2010.
  • Women, Imagination, and the Search for Truth in Early Modern France, Ashgate Publishing Company, 2008.

Articles

  •  “Essaying the Mechanical Hypothesis: Descartes, La Forge, and Malebranche on the Formation of Birthmarks.”  Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-Modern Period 13:6 (2008), 533-67.
  • “Descartes, Individualism, and the Fetal Subject,” d i f f e r e n c e s:  A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, vol. 19.1 (2008), 96-127.
  • “Renaissance Historiography and Novel Anthropology in Pierre-Daniel Huet’s De l’Origine des romans,” Studi Francesi 150 (2006), 466-77.
  • “From ex ovo omnia to Ovism: The Father Function,” In Culture and Conflict in Seventeenth-Century France and Ireland. Eds. Sarah Alyn Stacey and Véronique Desnain (Dublin and Portland: Four Courts Press, 2004), 41-51.
  • “Figuring the Dead Descartes: Claude Clerselier’s L’Homme de René Descartes (1664),” Representations vol. 83 (November 2003), 38-66.
  • “L’Algonquin par abjection: Une Mystique aborde le Nouveau Monde,” Biblio 17, 117(1999), 31-46.
  • “Les Mots et les choses ‘aux Hurons’: L'Archéologie d'une rencontre,” French Literature Series, 25 (1998), 55-75.