Michele Hannoosh

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Michele Hannoosh

Professor of French
On Leave 2013-2014

4208 MLB

Office Location(s): 4208 MLB 1275
Phone: 734.647.2339

  • About

    My interests cover a broad range of topics in nineteenth-century literature, art, and culture. I have written on the theory of parody, on Decadence, the city, and modernity; I have developped a special interest in the relations between the arts over their histories. In the nineteenth-century context, I have worked extensively on art criticism and art theory, notably Baudelaire's essays on caricature and their place in his theory of modernity, and Delacroix's Journals as an effort to develop a writing proper to painting, to a painter's response to the world. I am particularly interested in poetry.

    I have recently published a major new edition, in French and with commentary, of Delacroix's Journals, a project which has led me to consider the relations between autobiography and history: how a personal, private diary can be a particular "écriture de l'histoire." Eugène Delacroix. Journal, 2 vols.(Paris, José Corti, 2009).

    I am currently working on a book-length project on the relations between the writing of art and the writing of history in nineteenth-century France, focusing on the work of Jules Michelet.

    I am the faculty lead on the University's new Mediterranean studies initiative.

    I am the editor of Word & Image.

    Recent and Selected Publications 

    Eugène Delacroix, Journal, nouvelle édition intégrale établie par Michèle Hannoosh, 2 vols., Paris, José Corti, 2009

    "Reading the Trial of the Fleurs du mal," Modern Language Review 106, 2 (April 2011), pp. 374-387

    "Peinture et correspondances dans l'oeuvre de Baudelaire," Cahiers de l'Association internationale des études françaises 62 (May 2010), pp.207-221

    "Delacroix, ‘J.’ and Still Life with Lobsters," The Burlington Magazine, September 2009

    “Imagination esthétique et conscience historique : Jules Michelet et les arts plastiques,” in Romantismes. L’esthétique en acte, ed. Jean-Louis Cabanès (Nanterre: Presses universitaires de Paris Ouest, 2009), pp. 347-357

    “Between Ingres, Delacroix and the Pre-Raphaelites: A (No Longer) Anonymous Painter in Italy,” The Burlington Magazine, CL, 1262 (May 2008), pp. 301-311

    “Théophile Silvestre’s Histoire des artistes vivants: Art Criticism and Photography,”  The Art Bulletin LXXXVIII, 4 (December 2006), pp. 729-755

    Baudelaire and Caricature. From the Comic to an Art of Modernity. Philadelphia: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1992

    Painting and the Journal of Eugene Delacroix. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995

    "The Allegorical Artist and the Crises of History: Benjamin, Grandville, Baudelaire." Word and Image X, vol.1 (1994): 38-54

    Recent graduate courses taught: 

    Restoration France 1815-1830: Romanticism and the Arts
    Representing Revolution in Nineteenth-Century France
    Walter Benjamin
    Figuring the Artist in Nineteenth-Century France (team-taught course with Prof. Susan Siegfried of the History of Art Department)
    Poetry and Painting in Nineteenth-Century France
    Forms of Autobiography 

    Recent undergraduate courses taught: 

    Poésie du XIXe siècle
    L’Espagne romantique
    Literature on Trial (Romance Languages & Literatures course)
    Révolution, Restauration, Romantisme
    Paris, capitale du XIXe siècle
    Réalisme et idéalisme dans le roman français du XIXe siècle

  • Education
    • PhD Stanford University
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Nineteenth-century French literature, art, and society
    • art criticism, relations between the arts
    • the city, Walter Benjamin, the history of modernity
    • the representation of history
    • parody
    • comparative literature
    • the Mediterranean