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Jennifer Row

Assistant Professor of French
Faculty in French
Boston University
United States of America


"Jennifer Row is also affiliate faculty with BU’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and World Languages and Literatures. Her research and teaching interests include early modern theater (17th and 18th c), queer and feminist theory, and affect theory. Her book project, Queer Velocities: Time, Sex and Biopower on the Early Modern Stage, looks at the impact of newly precise timekeeping technologies on queer erotics in early modern French and English theater, and an article version of her book’s argument appears in the journal Exemplaria. She will be co-teaching in the MIT Graduate Consortium of Women’s Studies in Spring 2018 (“Resistance in Queer Theater/Theory”) In 2016-2017 she was a Solmsen Fellow in pre-1700 European Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has also held a visiting fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota and organized a “Premodern Temporalities” research group with the UMN Mellon Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World. She has previously taught at the Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris-IV) and at the Lycée Louis-le-Grand. Her work on masochism and commonplace books has appeared in the Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/ Revue canadienne de littérature comparée as well as in the edited volume Autour de l’extrême littéraire. Her second book manuscript, tentatively titled The Body Perfect: Aesthetics of Ableism in French and Francophone Performance will stand at the intersection of disability studies and early modern global studies and examine the ways that ableist ideals of movement and speech were iteratively produced through early modern dance, theater, and oration (rhetoric) in both France and Saint-Domingue (Haiti) in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. Inspiration for this project stems from her publication “The Beads of Versailles: Othoniel’s Les Belles Danses” in the ASAP/Journal

 She teaches courses in seventeenth and eighteenth century French studies, dramatic literature and performance studies, sexuality/queer studies, and critical theory. She is a proud alumna of the Andover Institute for Recruitment of Teachers, a program that addresses diversity in the teaching profession. She serves on the executive committee of the Society for Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth Century Studies."

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Early modern theater (17th and 18th c), queer and feminist theory, and affect theory

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