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Nicholas Paige


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Nicholas Paige’s CV

The bulk of my teaching and research concerns the early modern period, essentially the 17th¬†and 18thcenturies.¬†¬†Currently, and with the support of a Guggenheim fellowship for 2015-16, I‚Äôm at work onTechnologies of the Novel:¬†¬†Literary History from ‚ÄúSmall‚ÄĚ Data, which aims to map nearly two and a half centuries of the French novel‚Äôs history via a series of interlocking data-driven studies. By systematically sampling the production of French novels over the years 1600-1830, the project traces the incubation, development, and subsequent abandonment of a variety of formal devices. The general idea is that the novel is not one evolving (or ‚Äúrising‚ÄĚ) cultural artifact; instead, the umbrella phenomenon called the novel hides a ceaseless competition of discrete forms that must be invented and developed, and whose dominance is never permanent.¬†My previous book,¬†Before Fiction:¬†¬†The Ancien R√©gime of the Novel¬†(U Penn Press, 2011), awarded the 2013 ASECS Gottschalk prize for best book on the 18th¬†century, offers a history of the novel from the point of view of fictionality (that is, the notion that literary characters need not be ‚Äúreal people‚ÄĚ); some of the methodological points raised in that study propel my current data-driven approach.¬†¬†Other interests include the history of aesthetic effect and affect‚ÄĒessentially identification, considered not as a kind of ‚Äúbad‚ÄĚ reading but as a historical problem.¬†¬†I‚Äôm also planning a book on Moli√®re, focused around the problem of his subversiveness, aimed at the general reader.¬†¬†Please go to my¬†¬†website (link above) for a current CV and pdfs of articles, working papers, and talks.

Publications include:

‚ÄúGrandeur et d√©cadence des Grecs: roman et ench√Ęssement au dix-septi√®me si√®cle,‚Ä̬†Dix-septi√®me si√®cle¬†213.1 (2013); ‚ÄúDiderot d√©mystifi√©: Les Lectures de¬†La Religieuse,‚Ä̬†RHLF¬†111.4 (2011) ;¬†Before Fiction: The Ancien R√©gime of the Novel¬†(University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011); ‚ÄúLafayette‚Äôs Impossible Princess: On (Not) Making Literary History,‚Ä̬†PMLA¬†125.4 (2010); ‚ÄúRousseau‚Äôs Readers Revisited: The Aesthetics of La Nouvelle H√©loise‚ÄĚEighteenth-Century Studies¬†42.1 (2008); Lafayette‚Äôs¬†Zayde: A Spanish Romance¬†(trans., U Chicago P, 2006);¬†‚ÄúThe Storyteller and the Book:¬†¬†Scenes of Narrative Production in the Early French Novel,‚Ä̬†MLQ¬†67:2 (2006);¬† ‚ÄúBardot and Godard in 1963 (Historicizing the Postmodern Image),‚ÄĚRepresentations¬†88¬†(2004);¬†Being Interior: Autobiography and the Contradictions of Modernity in Seventeenth-Century France¬†(U Pennsylvania P, 2001)