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French and Francophone Studies, Deparment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Julie Candler Hayes

Professor of French & Chair of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Contact Information

Location: Herter Hall 326
"MLA 2009: Retranslation (a special session)"

Phone: (413) 545-2314



B.A. Austin College
M.A., PhD. Northwestern University

Selected publications


Translation, Subjectivity, and Culture in France and England, 1600-1800. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2008.

 Reading the French Enlightenment: System and Subversion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Identity and Ideology: Diderot, Sade, and the Serious Genre. Amster­dam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1991.

Edited collections

With Judith Zinsser, Emilie Du Châtelet: Rewriting Enlightenment Philosophy and Science. Oxford, UK: Voltaire Foundation, 2006.

With Daniel Brewer, Using the Encyclopédie: Ways of Knowing, Ways of Reading. Oxford, UK: Voltaire Foundation, 2002.

Recent and Selected Articles

 “Unconditional Translation: Derrida’s ‘Enlightenment to Come.’” Eighteenth-Century Studies 40 (2007): 443-55 (Special issue on Derrida and the 18th Century, ed. Jody Greene).

 “Translation as Original Composition: Reading the Work of Pierre Le Tourneur.” In Ritual, Routine, and Regime: Repetition in Early Modern British and European Cultures, ed. Lorna Clymer. Toronto: Univ. of Toronto Press. 201-23.

 “The Body of the Letter: Epistolary Acts of Jean-Luc Nancy, Simon Hantaï, and Jacques Derrida.” Postmodern Culture 13.3 (2003). Online via Project Muse:

 “Petrarch/Sade: Writing the Life.” In Representing the Self: Autobiography and Life-Writing from the Renaissance to Romanticism. Ed. Patrick Coleman. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2000. 117-34.

“Look But Don’t Read: Chinese Characters and the Translating Drive from John Wilkins to Peter Greenaway.” MLQ: A Journal of Literary History, 60 (1999): 353-77.

 “Fictions of Enlightenment: Sontag, Süskind, Norfolk, Kurzweil.” In Questioning History: Postmodern Perspectives on Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture. Ed. Greg Clingham. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 1998. 21-36.

Current and Recent Courses

Graduate seminars

18th-Century French Women Writers

Readings in the History of Translation

Community and Identity in Contemporary France

Undergraduate courses

17th-Century French Literature: Neoclassicism

Survey of French Civilization