Dena Goodman

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Dena Goodman

Intellectual history of early modern France, with particular interest in women and gender, issues related to epistolarity, material culture, and consumption.

Office Location(s): 2144 Lane Hall
Phone: 734.647.0771
goodmand@umich.edu
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  • Fields of Study
    • Early Modern France, Ernlightenment, Women and Gende
  • About

    Biography:

    Dena Goodman is Lila Miller Collegiate Professor of History and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan and co-director of The Encyclopedia of Diderot and D'Alembert Collaborative Translation Project, a digital humanities project housed at the University of Michigan. Her research centers on the cultural history of early modern France, with particular interests in the Enlightenment, women and gender, material culture, writing, and sociability.  She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Camargo Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Voltaire Foundation.  Her publications include The Republic of Letters: A Cultural History of the French Enlightenment (1994) and Becoming a Woman in the Age of Letters (2009). She has also edited or co-edited several volumes, including Going Public: Women and Publishing in Early Modern France (1995), Marie-Antoinette: Writings on the Body of the Queen (2003) and Furnishing the Eighteenth Century: What Furniture Can Tell Us about the European and American Past (2006). She is currently engaged in a family history during the era of the French Revolution which explores Enlightenment legacies in a variety of domains, including science and technology, intellectual sociability, and state service.  In 2016-17 she will serve as president of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

    Selected Publications:
    Major Publications:

    Criticism in Action: Enlightenment Experiments in Political Writing. Cornell University Press, 1989.

    The Republic of Letters: A Cultural History of the French Enlightenment. Cornell University Press, 1994.

    Going Public: Women and Publishing in Early Modern France. Edited with Elizabeth C. Goldsmith. Cornell University Press, 1995.

    Marie Antoinette: Writings on the Body of a Queen. Routledge, 2003.

    The Enlightenment. Edited with Kathleen Wellman. Series: Problems in European Civilization. Houghton-Mifflin, 2004.

    Furnishing the Eighteenth Century: What Furniture Can Tell Us About the European and American Past. Edited with Kathryn Norberg. Routledge, 2006.

    Becoming a Woman in the Age of Letters (Cornell University Press, 2009). http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/cup_detail.taf?ti_id=5361

    . Recent Articles:

    “Furnishing Discourses: Readings of a Writing Desk in Eighteenth-Century France,” in Maxine Berg and Elizabeth Eger, eds., Luxury in the Eighteenth Century: Debates, Desires and Delectable Goods. Palgrave, 2002.

    “L’Ortografe des Dames: Gender and Language in the Old Regime,” French Historical Studies 25 (Spring 2002); reprinted in Sarah Knott and Barbara Taylor, eds., Women,Gender, and Enlightenment (Palgrave, 2005).

    “Letter Writing and the Emergence of Gendered Subjectivity in Eighteenth-Century France,” Journal of Women’s History 17 (Summer 2005)

    Digital Library Project:

    Project Director: The Encyclopedia of Diderot and d'Alembert: Collaborative Translation Project http://www.hti.umich.edu/d/did launched October 2002.

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Chicago, 1982