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RESCHEDULED: Prof. Allison Stedman Featured at Feb. 27th Personally Speaking

Prof. Allison Stedman
Author to Explore Parallels Between Today’s Digitally-Powered World and Disruptive Experimental Writings of 17th-Century France, in Personally Speaking Talk
Due to the campus snow closing on Feb. 13, this event has been rescheduled to Feb. 27.

People today connect, create and consume information using blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other virtual media. This world feels brand new – but is it?

The next UNC Charlotte Personally Speaking talk on Feb. 27 will explore how 17th-century writers and readers sparked a transformation in France similar to that of today’s Internet. Their collections of diverse and experimental texts brought together rich and poor, Catholics and Protestants, children and adults and ultimately undermined the social and political status quo. This paved the way for the intellectual revolution of the French Enlightenment, the foundation of modern democracy.

UNC Charlotte author Allison Stedman will share her research during her talk at 6:30 p.m. at UNC Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library. Stedman is the third of four UNC Charlotte College of Liberal Arts & Sciences scholars to present during this year’s community series, co-sponsored by the college and J. Murrey Atkins Library. A reception follows each free lecture. RSVPs are requested to or 704-687-1429. Parking is provided. More information is available at

Stedman’s book, Rococo Fiction in France, 1600-1714: Seditious Frivolity (Bucknell University Press, 2012), is the first comprehensive study of 17th-century French experimental writing. These early modern texts allowed authors and readers of diverse age, gender, religion, social class and geographic location to connect and interact, and by doing so, created alternative social structures.

Stedman is associate professor of French and associate chair of the Department of Languages and Culture Studies at UNC Charlotte. A specialist in 17th-century experimental literature, Stedman has published numerous articles on early modern French literary portraits, psalm paraphrases, novels and fairy tales, as well as on pedagogical strategies for teaching French and Italian literature and culture at the university level. With Perry Gethner, she is the co-editor and translator of the late 17th-century experimental novel A Trip to the Country by Henriette-Julie de Castelnau, Comtesse de Murat (2011), and she is the lead author of a modern French version of the same novel, forthcoming with Rennes University Press in January 2014.  
“We invite the community to discover the stories behind Stedman’s book and the other fascinating books in our series,” said Nancy A. Gutierrez, Dean of UNC Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. “These talks further connect the community with the college’s faculty and their research in a way that invites conversation and exploration.”