Women's and Gender Studies Program

Rebecca Wilkin

Rebecca Wilkin

Associate Professor of French

253-535-7313 (office)



Intellectual history in early modern France

Feminist criticism

Counter-Reformation culture

Francophone literature


B.A., Brown University, 1994

M.A., , University of Michigan, 1996

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


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.



  • 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.


  • "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," differences: 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 Ve'ronique Desnain (Dublin and Portland: Four Courts Press, 2004), 41-51.
  • "Figuring the Dead Descartes: Claude Clerselier's L 'Homme de Rene' 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'Arche'ologie d'une rencontre," French Literature Series, 25 (1998), 55-75.