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Amy S. Wyngaard

Amy S. Wyngaard

Amy S. Wyngaard

Professor of French and Francophone Studies

CONTACT

Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
314 HB Crouse Hall
Email: aswyngaa@syr.edu
Office: 315.443.5496

PROGRAM AFFILIATIONS

French and Francophone Studies

Degrees

  • Ph.D., French Literature, University of Pennsylvania (1998)
  • M.A., French Literature, University of Pennsylvania (1994)
  • B.A., French and Humanities, University of Colorado-Boulder (1992, magna cum laude)

Courses Taught

  • FRE 301 Grammar and Composition
  • FRE 315 French Civilization
  • FRE 403 Literature and Film
  • FRE 405/605 Culture in the Age of Louis XIV
  • FRE 407/607 Libertine Fictions
  • FRE 409/609 Culture and Revolution
  • FRE 411/611 Molière
  • FRE 412/612 French Women Writers
Research and Teaching Interests

Amy S. Wyngaard specializes in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French literature and cultural history. The author of From Savage to Citizen: The Invention of the Peasant in the French Enlightenment (U of Delaware Press, 2004) and Bad Books: Rétif de la Bretonne, Sexuality, and Pornography (U of Delaware Press, 2012), she has written articles appearing in PMLA, Eighteenth-Century Studies, MLN, Modern Language Quarterly, Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, and Eighteenth-Century Fiction. From 2007-2020, she edited Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures, which has been produced by the Department since 1946. She teaches courses on a variety of topics, including the French Enlightenment, libertine fiction, women writers, Molière, and the culture of absolutism.

Books
Career
  • NEH Professor of the Humanities, Colgate University, Fall 2014
  • Professor, French and Francophone Studies, Syracuse University, 2013-present
  • Associate Professor, French and Francophone Studies, Syracuse University, 2004-2013
  • Assistant Professor, French and Francophone Studies, Syracuse University, 1998-2004
  • Editor, Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures, 2007-2020
  • French Book Review Editor, Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures, 2004-2007
  • Editorial Board, Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures, 1998-2007
Selected Journal Articles

"The End of Pornography: The Story of Story of O." MLN 130 (2015): 980-997.

"Translating Sade: The Grove Press Editions, 1953-1968." Romanic Review 104.3-4 (2013): 313-331.

"Defining Obscenity, Inventing Pornography: The Limits of Censorship in Rétif de la Bretonne.” Modern Language Quarterly 71 (March 2010): 15-49.

"The Fetish in/as Text: Rétif de la Bretonne and the Development of Modern Sexual Science and French Literary Studies, 1887-1934.” PMLA 121 (May 2006): 663-686.

"Literary Texts or Historical Documents? Revisiting the Debates on Rétif de la Bretonne.” Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century 4 (2005): 171-180.

"Switching Codes: Class, Clothing, and Cultural Change in the Works of Marivaux and Watteau.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 33 (Summer 2000): 523-541.