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Jennifer Vanderheyden
Dr. Jennifer VanderheydenMarquette University

Lalumiere Hall, 444

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3962
Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

My research and teaching interests include Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century French Literature and esthetics, especially theories of theatrical and artistic representation (mimesis). My approach to literary studies is multidisciplinary: philosophical, anthropological, artistic and psychoanalytical.

I have a doctorate in French Literature from the University of Washington, and a Master’s Degree in French Literature and Civilization from the University of Cincinnati. I also hold an undergraduate degree in Education from Otterbein College, as well as a Supervisor’s Certificate in secondary Foreign Language Education.

I very much enjoy teaching French and Francophone language, literature and culture, and I have extensive teaching experience at various universities. I also taught high school French and English before attending graduate school. 


  • Ph.D., Eighteenth-Century French Literature, University of Washington
    Dissertation title: The Body as a Disjunctive Syllogism in the Works of Diderot.
    Director: Dr. Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen
  • M.A., French Literature and Civilization, University of Cincinnati
  • B.A., French and Education, Otterbein College

Courses Taught

  • FREN 2001 Intermediate French I
  • FREN 2002 Intermediate French II
  • FREN 4110 Advanced Grammar and Written Expression in French
  • FREN 4931 Topics in French Literature
  • FREN 4210 Francophone Literature: Western
  • FREN 4310 Francophone History and Politics: Western

Research Interests

The works of Denis Diderot, theories of artistic mimesis, gender-related issues, genocide and post-genocide studies in Rwanda


  • Eighteenth-Century French Literature and Civilization


  • 2017 Book: Perla, Co-translation with Sarah Gendron of Perla (Frédéric Brun, winner of the Prix Goncourt for first novel). The University of Nebraska Press. October 2017. 
  • 2016 Article: “The Resilience of Women in the Face of Trauma,” in “Quint: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly from the North.” Volume 8, Issue 3, 48-72.
  • 2009 Book Forward: Le Bizarre et le Décousu in the Novels and Theoretical Works of Denis Diderot: How the Idea of Marginality Originated in Eighteenth Century France, Barbara Lise Abrams, Forward by Jennifer Vanderheyden, Edwin Mellen Press.
  • 2005 Book Review: Le Désir selon l'autre: Étude du Rouge et le Noir et de la Chartreuse de parme à la lumière du "désir triangulaire" de René Girard (Annika Alling), Nineteenth-Century French Studies Publishing.
  • 2004 Book: The Function of the Dream and the Body in Diderot’s Works, Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., in Dr. Gita May’s series, “The Age of Revolution and Romanticism: Interdisciplinary Studies.”

In press

  • Book Chapter: “Extraordinary Forgiveness.” To appear in: Perspectives on Evil: From Banality to Genocide, Brill Press, The Netherlands, (hard copy). Anticipated publication date: Summer 2018

In Progress (Book under contract):

  • Lettres de Cachet and Moral Cupidity in Diderot’s Writing, Routledge. Anticipated publication date: 2019.

Creative Writing

  • 2016 “Cogito(e),” (novella), in “The Writing Disorder,” Fall, 2016.
  • 2012 Creative writing: “Dolls,” Flash Fiction Fridays, Robert Vaughan, Editor. Lulu Press.
  • Creative writing: “Clarity,” Ranfurly Review, Issue 21.

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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Lalumiere Hall, 474
1310 W. Clybourn St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 288-7063

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