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
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
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