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Janie Vanpée

email E-mail office Neilson B/13 phone 585-3375
Office Hours:
W 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
and Th 2:30 PM-3:30 PM (in Wright 119),
and by appointment

A native of Belgium, Janie Vanpée earned an A.B. from Smith College and a M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University.

Professor Vanpée's scholarly work focuses on problems of representation in the 18th-century novel and theatre. Her essays on Rousseau's Emile, ou de l'Éducation; Laclos's Liaisons Dangereuses; the painter Jean-Baptiste Greuze; the revolutionary pamphleteer, playwright and feminist, Olympe de Gouges; and on the Encyclopédie, have appeared in journals such as Eighteenth-Century Studies, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, L'Esprit Créateur, Theatre Journal, Modern Language Studies, Dalhousie French Studies, Women in French, and Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century. She is also the co-editor, with E. S. Burt, of "Reading the Archive: On Texts and Institutions" in Yale French Studies.

Vanpée joined the Smith faculty in 1985 and has taught the writing-intensive course Les Années Noires: Living Through the Occupation, 1939-1945, the first year seminar Re-Membering Marie Antoinette, the French immersion January interterm course, as well as courses that highlight the literature and culture of the French enlightenment. She participates regularly in the comparative literature program, teaching courses on the literature of islands, real and imaginary, and contemporary literary theory.

Vanpée directed the Smith Junior Year Abroad Program in Paris in 1999-2000 and again in 2003-04. Since 2014 she is the Faculty Co-Director of the Lewis Global Studies Center where she also directs the Concentration in Translation Studies.