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in between public and private genres (letters, memoirs, conversations)
women voices in Early Modern France
Biography / Academic Background
I received my PhD in French Literature from the University of Lyon 3 in 2006 and a Master in Classics from the University of Sorbonne Paris IV in 1994.
Prior to joining Laurier, I was a professeur agrégé in France (1996-2002), and an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo (2006-2007).
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
My research focuses on the art and practice of letter writing in 17th century France, and its impact on the emergence of subjectivity in literature. I am particularly interested in the use of letters by women, at a time when they were struggling to make their way onto the social and cultural scene. The study of the epistolary work of Mme de Sévigné and the anthology of her letters I published in 2012 (a second volume is forthcoming), convinced me of the necessity of bringing this corpus out of the marginality it had been confined to. The fact that it was not conceived to be published does not in the least diminish the highly literary facture and impact of the epistolary text.
I am currently working on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funded project: “L’économie des lettres: des épistolières gestionnaires”, focusing on the works of Mme de Sévigné, Mme de Maintenon and Marie de l’Incarnation.
Awards and Achievements
President of the Ontario based Research group on Early Modern France, the SOCAR (Société Ontarienne des Chercheurs sur l’Ancien Régime).
Recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development grant (2014).
Recipient of the FOA Merit Award (2013).
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I have research assistantships opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students fluent in French and interested in French literature. Contact me for more information.
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of 17th-century French literature and Early Modern French civilization.
Freidel, Nathalie, La Conquête de l’intime. Public et privé dans la correspondance de Mme de Sévigné, Paris, Honoré Champion, coll. « Lumière classique », 2009.
Freidel, Nathalie, Madame de Sévigné. Lettres de l’année 1671, Paris, Gallimard, coll. « Folio classique », 2012.
Freidel, Nathalie, Calas, Frédéric, Lignereux, Cécile, Tamas, Jennifer, Madame de Sévigné. Lettres de l’année 1671, Paris, Atlande, 2012.