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Christine Clark-Evans

Christine Clark-Evans

Associate Professor of French, Women's Studies, and African and African Americcan Studies



  1. Education: Ph.D., Bryn Mawr University


At Barnard College, Columbia University, Prof. Clark-Evans received the A. B. in French (1970) and minored in Italian. The birth of her daughters and the personal investment of time in both her family and her community prepared her to return to academia motivated and focused. During her advanced studies, she worked in pre- and post-production on scholarly journals in history and mathematics. At Bryn Mawr (Pennsylvania) she received the M.A. (1981), presenting a Master's Thesis on Charles Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal, and the Ph.D. (1987), defending her dissertation on Diderot, language, and philosophy.

Presently an Associate Professor of French and Francophone studies with special focus on literature, intellectual history, women, and science in the sixteenth and eighteenth-centuries, Prof. Clark-Evans had come to Penn State in 1988 after completing a Folger Institute for Renaissance and Eighteenth-Century Studies Postdoctoral Seminar on Extemporaneity in the Renaissance Text. Other awards include a Newberry Library Short Term Resident Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Travel to Collections Grant, and grants for research from the American Philosophical Society, American Council of Learned Societies, and Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies, and the Offices of Research and Graduate Studies and Minority Faculty Development. As first recipient of the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Minorities at Penn State, she was able to do research at the Centre d'Etude du XVIIIe Siècle, Université de Montpellier, France, on Diderot and language. Diderot's 'La Religieuse.' A Philosophical Novel, is the book I wrote on my return.

Her interests in sixteenth-century French studies began in poetics and rhetoric and now also include women writers and a comparative and historical view of the sciences, and in the eighteenth-century she is interested in similar problems in Diderot studies, the novel, and women and sexuality with an interdisciplinary perspective on early modern history. Among the other courses she has taught are self and society in eighteenth-century France and the French press and media. As affiliate faculty in the Women’s Studies Department and the African American Studies Department, she has also offered cross-listed courses on race and gender in French literature, women of color in cross-cultural perspective, and African American philosophy.