curriculum vitae

Cecilia A. Feilla
Department of Literature & Language
Marymount Manhattan College
221 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021
cfeilla@mmm.edu

Education

2003Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. New York University, New York, NY
Dissertation title: Performing Virtue: Politics, Sentimentality, and the Revolutionary Stage, 1789–1799
Advisor: Margaret Cohen
1994M.A. in Comparative Literature. New York University, New York, NY
1989B.A. in Comparative Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Teaching Positions

Permanent Appointments

2011–Associate Professor, Department of Literature and Language, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY.
2005–2011Assistant Professor, Department of Literature and Language, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY.
2004–2005Assistant Professor, Department of English, Edgewood College, Madison, WI.

Part-time Appointments

2002–2003 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences Division, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY.
1997–1998Teaching Assistant, Department of Comparative Literature and Department of Classics, New York University, New York, NY.
1996–2000Instructor, Humanities Division, New School for Social Research, New York, NY.

Honors, Fellowships and Grants

2010Summer Research Fellowship, Northeast Modern Language Association
2009Scholar-in-Residence, Faculty Resource Network, New York University (Spring)
2008–2009Junior Faculty Leave Fellowship, Marymount Manhattan College
2007Sokol Grant, Marymount Manhattan College (Fall)
2003Short-term Research Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.
2000–2001Dissertation Grant, Deutscheforschungs Gemeinschaft
2000–2001Research Fellow, Collegium Philosophiae Transatlanticum, Philipps Universität-Marburg, Germany
1995Dean's Student Travel Award, New York University
1992–1995Academic Scholarship, New York University

Scholarship

Books

The Sentimental Theatre of the French Revolution: Virtue, Performance, Politics. Farnham, UK; Burlington, USA: Ashgate Publishers. Forthcoming.

Critical edition of Lucien Bonaparte, La tribu indienne, ou Edouard et Stellina. Critical Texts Series, MHRA, 2006.

Chapters in Books

"Sympathy Pains: Filicide and the Spectacle of Heroic Male Suffering in Eighteenth-Century Theatre" in Staging Pain: Violence and Trauma in British Theatre, 1500-1800. James Allard and Mathew Martin, editors. Ashgate Press, 2009.

"Literary Monsters: Gender, Genius, and Writing in Diderot's `On Women' and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" in Monsters and the Monstrous. Holly Baumgartner and Roger Davis, editors. Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2008.

Refereed Articles

“Correspondence School for Lovers: Epistolary Exchange and Sexual Education in Le Nouvel Abeilard,” Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, special issue on “Sexual Education in the Eighteenth Century.” Ed. Shane Agin. Forthcoming.

"The Embodied City: Walking and Writing in the Urban Classroom," co-authored with Jens Richard Giersdorf and Magdalena Maczynska. Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy. 19.1 (Summer 2008): 118-37.

"From 'Sainted Maid' to 'Wife in all her Grandeur': Translations of Heloise, 1717–1817." Eighteenth-Century Life. 28.2 (June 2004): 1–16.

"Translating Communities: The Institutional Epilogue to the Letters of Abelard and Heloise." Yale Journal of Criticism, 16.2 (Fall 2003).

"Performing Virtue: Pamela on the French Revolutionary Stage, 1793." Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, 43:3 (Fall 2003).

"Regarding Women: The Politics of Beholding in Rousseau’s Letter to M. d'Alembert on Theater." Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 7 (1994): 1–18.

Conference Proceedings

“Literary Monsters: Gender, Genius, and Writing in Diderot’s On Women and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” Monsters and the Monstrous. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press (ebook).

Works in Progress

Article on “Bodies of Knowledge, Bodies of Seduction: The Tutor in Fiction after Rousseau” is currently under review by the editors of a special issue of Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century.

Currently at work on an article entitled “The Oath in Revolutionary Theatre: Performance or Performative?”

Currently at work on a book manuscript entitled “The Tutor’s Body: Seduction and Education in the Eighteenth-Century Novel”

Currently at work on a book manuscript entitled: “The Abelard and Heloise Legend in Eighteenth Century Literature and Letters”

Conference Papers and Invited Lectures

“The ‘St. Preux Complex’: Diagnosing Rousseau’s Tutors,” panel on “The Pedagogy of the Obsessed: Writers as Educators,” Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Buffalo, New York, October 21-23, 2010.

“Revolutionary Mediations: Reenactments of the French Revolution on the Popular British Stage,” panel on “Mediating Cultural Exchange,” Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Buffalo, New York, October 21-23, 2010.

“Mediating Bodies: The Preceptor in Eighteenth-Century Fiction and Culture,” panel on “Professions,” Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, December 2009.

“`Daughters of Eve’: Science, Seduction, and Biblical Narrative in the Eighteenth-Century Gendering of Knowledge,” panel on “Enlightenment Science and Religion,” Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, December 2009.

“From Periphery to Center: Prud’hon’s Illustrations for La Tribu indienne, ou Edouard et Stellina (1799).” Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Ottawa, Canada, November 2009.

“Bodies of Knowledge, Bodies of Seduction: The Private Tutor in Fiction after Rousseau,” Conference on “Rousseau’s Legacies,” Sixteenth Biennial Colloquium of the Rousseau Association, UCLA, June 2009.

“Black Comedy: Satire and Noir Aesthetics,” panel on “Crossing Boundaries,” Conference on Satire Today: Transhistorical, Transcultural Dialogues, June 2008.

"The Oath in Revolutionary Literature and Culture: A Performative Paradigm of Action." New Paradigms for Revolutionary Studies: French-American Colloquium. Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana. October 2008.

"To Weep or Not to Weep: Tears and the Ethical Reader in Diderot's 'In Praise of Richardson.'" Panel on "Reading Virtues and Vices in the Eighteenth Century." Northeast Modern Language Association, Buffalo, New York, April 2008.

"From Portrait to Tableau: Diderot and the Picturing of Morality." Panel on"“The Tableau in Literature, Art, Theatre, and Science of the Eighteenth Century." American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Portland, Oregon. March 2008.

"Literary Monsters: Gender, Genius, and Writing in Diderot's On Women and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein." Monsters and the Monstrous Global Conference 5. Oxford University, September 2007.

"The Virtue of Violence: Filicide on the Eighteenth-Century Stage." Panel on "Representing Violence." American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Atlanta, Georgia. March 2007.

"Revolutionary Tableaux: Women Writers and the Sentimental Frame of Politics." Roundtable on "Cross-Channel Conversations: Post-Revolutionary Women Writers in the Long Eighteenth Century." American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Montreal, Canada. March/April 2006.

"Correspondence School for Lovers: Epistolary Exchange and Sexual Education in The New Abelard." Panel on "Sexual Education in the Eighteenth Century." American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Montreal, Canada, March/April 2006.

"Politics, Sentimentality, Revolution: The Case of Lucien Bonaparte's The Indian Tribe (1799)." Faculty Development luncheon, Marymount Manhattan College. September 2006.

"Virtuous Filicides: Brutus and The Deserter." Panel on "Representing the Father on the Eighteenth-Century Stage." American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Boston University, Boston, March 2004.

"From 'Sainted Maid' to 'Wife in all her Grandeur': Translations of Heloise, 1717–1817." Panel on "Translation and Cultural Change," Northeast American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Providence College, Providence, November 2003.

"Virtue on Trial: Richardson’s Pamela in Revolutionary France," Literature on Trial Conference, Program in Comparative Literature, Emory University, Atlanta, October 2000.

"Bodies, Letters, Community: Re-membering Abelard and Heloise in the Eighteenth Century," Graduate Conference on Bodies and Objects, Columbia University, New York, April 1998.

"The Tradition of Reading and Reading of Tradition: Augustinian Conversion in Rousseau's Confessions," Traditions in Transition Conference of the Graduate Department of Philosophy, SUNY-Stony Brook, March 1998.

Conferences Organized and Sessions Chaired

Co-organizer with Yu-Yin Cheng and Martha Sledge, one-day symposium on “China in the Cultural Imaginary: Inside and Out,” Marymount Manhattan College, October 15, 2010.

Co-chair, panel on “William Hogarth: Interpretation and Influence” at Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention; Montreal, Quebec; April 8-11, 2010.

Co-organizer, NYSCAAPE-Our Mutual Estate 2010, Conference on “Bridging the Gap between High School and College,” Marymount Manhattan College, May 25, 2010.

Chair, Panel on “New Directions in Eighteenth-Century Studies,” Northeast Modern Language Association, Boston, March 2009.

Co-organizer with Magdalena Maczynska, two-day international conference on “Satire Today: Transhistorical, Transcultural Dialogues,” in conjunction with the UK Network for Modern Fiction Conference, Marymount Manhattan College, June 12-13, 2008.

Chair, Panel on “Eighteenth-Century Epistolary Forms.” Northeast Modern Language Association, Buffalo, New York, April 2008.

Professional Activities:

2008–2011Director of British Literature, Northeast Modern Language Association
2008, 2009Book Award Committee, Northeast Modern Language Association
2009Invited outside reviewer, Grant Applications, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC)
2006–Participant, Columbia University Seminar in Eighteenth-Century European Culture
2006–Advisory Board Member, Pace University. M.S. in Publishing Program

Professional Affiliations

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Modern Language Association
Northeast Modern Language Association
Rousseau Association

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