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Mary Ellen Birkett
Professor Emerita

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Mary Ellen Birkett received her A.B. from Smith College and her Ph.D. from Yale University. A specialist in French literature and culture of the early nineteenth century, she is the co-editor of Approaches to Teaching Duras's Ourika; co-editor of Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Ancient and Modern Worlds; author of Lamartine and the Poetics of Landscape, of chapters in Cabeen's Bibliography of Nineteenth-Century French Literature, Relire Lamartine Aujourd'hui, Approaches to Teaching Stendhal's The Red and The Black, Approaches to Rousseau's Confessions and Reveries of the Solitary Walker, and co-author of a chapter in Teaching Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century French Women Writers. She has contributed numerous entries to The Romantic Movement: A Selected and Critical Bibliography and has written for journals such as French Colonial History, The French Review, The Hawaiian Journal of History, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Romance Notes, Romance Quarterly and Romantisme.

Professor Birkett directed the Smith Junior Year Abroad Program in Paris in 1985-86 and the Smith Junior Year Abroad in Geneva in 1987-88, 1992-94, 1997-98.