Adrianna Paliyenko joined the French staff in 1989 and has developed a collaborative approach to teaching language, literature and culture at all levels of the curriculum. She integrates technology and draws on the visual arts to make French and Francophone studies come alive for her students. A passion for poetry, deepened by the history of ideas on genius and gender, inspires her scholarship that includes: a book on Rimbaud and Claudel; articles and chapters on 19th-century French psychiatry, Apollinaire and Breton, Paris Dada, Descartes and Lacan, 19th-century women's poetic originality (Ackermann, Desbordes-Valmore, Krysinska, Siefert, among others), and a critical edition of a 19th-century post-slavery novel by Anaïs Ségalas. Her most recent publications include: Marie Krysinska: innovations poétiques, combats littéraires (PUSE, 2010), edited with Seth Whidden and Gretchen Schultz, in which she has a chapter on Krysinska's theorization of poetic evolution; a modern edition of Mme A. Cashin's 1847 novel, Amour et liberté. Abolition de l'esclavage with L'Harmattan (October 2009); The Cultural Currency of Nineteenth-Century French Poetry (2008), a special double issue of Romance Studies edited with Joseph Acquisto in which she has an article on Louise Ackermann's poetic turn to science; and a special issue of L'Esprit Créateur, Engendering Race: Romantic-Era Women and French Colonial Memory (2007) to which she contributed an article on Marceline Desbordes-Valmore's belated colonial narrative "Sarah." She has recently completed a monograph on women's shaping influence on poetic production during the 19th century. Future projects include women's engagement with French colonial history.
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