Wright Hall 117, Office Hours: W 3:00 PM-4:00 PM, Th 9:00 AM-10:00 AM, and by appointment
Hélène Visentin holds both Canadian and French citizenships. She earned a B.A. and M.A. from the Université de Montréal and holds the title Docteur de l'Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne.
Professor Visentin specializes in early modern literature and culture, particularly theater history and aesthetics as well as the "arts du spectacle" in urban and courtly life. She has published two critical editions of 17th century plays: La Descente d'Orphée aux enfers by Chapoton (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2004) and Les Sosies by Rotrou (Société des Textes Français Modernes, 2005); co-edited L'Invraisemblance du pouvoir. Mises en scène de la souveraineté au XVIIe siècle (Schena Editore/Presses de l'Université de Paris-Sorbonne, 2005); and conference proceedings, with Nicolas Russell, titled French Ceremonial Entries in the Sixteenth Century: Event, Image, Text (Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2008). She is currently involved in a research project on royal entry ceremonies in the Renaissance, subsidized by the Council of Canada and she is working on a critical edition of a machine play by Pierre Corneille, Andromède (Classiques Garnier).
Visentin joined the Smith faculty in 1999 and teaches such courses as Business French, French Intellectuals, and Literature and Culture in the early modern period. Recently, she has developed a digital mapping project on Paris designed for her course FRN 230: "Paris, a Multi-Layered City."