Apricity Magazine had a chance to talk to the new Director of Plan II, Dr. Alexandra Wettlauffer. Dr. Wettlaufer is a Professor in French and Comparative Literature, and was the Associate Director of Plan II for many years, as well as Acting Director in 2008 and 2013-2014. Dr. Wetlaufer was awarded the 2014-2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, and is the author of four books: Pen vs. Paintbrush: Girodet, Balzac and the Myth of Pygmalion in Postrevolutionary France, In the Mind’s Eye: The Visual Impulse in Diderot, Baudelaire and Ruskin, Portraits of the Artist as a Young Woman: Painting and the Novel in France and Britain, 1800-1860 and the upcoming Reading George: Sand, Eliot and the Novel in France and Britain, 1830-1900, as well as numerous articles. Dr. Wettlaufer is the Co-Editor Nineteenth-Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal and serves on the board of several other journals. She has also received numerous academic and teaching awards and fellowships, including the Liberal Arts Council Endowed Teaching Award, the Blunk Memorial Fellowship, and the President's Associates’ Excellence in Teaching Award. Her research focuses on 19th-century literature, visual arts, and gender studies.
Biography | Alexandra Wettlaufer
(derived from Plan II Honors Program webpage)
Director of Plan II Honors Program (2017-)
Professor Alexandra Wettlaufer was educated at Princeton University (B.A., Comparative Literature), Columbia University (M.A., French; Ph.D. French/Comparative Literature). She has also been a Research Fellow at the Reid Hall Graduate Research Institute in Paris. She is currently a faculty affiliate of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies as has been a Trice Professor in Plan II.
After serving as the Plan II Associate Director since 2005, Dr. Alexandra K. Wettlaufer became Director of Plan II in 2017. She is a Professor of French and Comparative Literature, specializing in 19th-century literature, visual arts, culture, and gender studies. A recipient of a 2014-15 Guggenheim Fellowship, Dr. Wettlaufer is currently working on a book project entitled "Reading George: Sand, Eliot and the Novel in France and Britain, 1830-1900." She is the author of three previous books: Pen vs Paintbrush: Girodet, Balzac and the Myth of Pygmalion in Post-Revolutionary France (2001), In the Mind's Eye: The Visual Impulse in Diderot, Baudelaire and Ruskin (2003), and Portraits of the Artist as a Young Woman: Painting and the Novel in France and Britain, 1800-1860 (2011). She has published numerous articles on Balzac, Sand, Baudelaire, Zola, Manet, Ruskin, Turner, Berlioz, Grandville, and Flora Tristan; her article "She is Me: Tristan, Gauguin, and the Dialectics of Colonial Identity" (Romanic Review,2007) was awarded the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Essay Prize, Honorable Mention.
Dr. Wettlaufer has received fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, ACLS, Bourse Marandon, the Clark Art Institute, and the National Humanities Center. Her teaching awards include a President's Associates' Teaching Award, the Blunk Memorial Professorship in Teaching and Advising, a Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Award, a Liberal Arts Council Teaching Award, and University Coop Award for Undergraduate Thesis Advising. She is the Co-Editor of Nineteenth-Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal and serves on the Editorial Boards of European Romantic Review, Nineteenth-Century Studies, George Sand Studies, and Dix-Neuf. Dr. Wettlaufer has also served on the Advisory Boards of the American Comparative Literature Association, Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, and on the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association. Dr. Wettlaufer is a core faculty member of Comparative Literature, Women's and Gender Studies, and European Studies.
Staff Interviewer | Henry Tschurr
Assistant Staff Interviewer | Margaret Siu