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Biliana Kassabova


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Biliana Kassabova

Lecturer in French


I work on French literature and history of the 18th and 19th centuries. My research encompasses the intellectual history, political thought, and literary production of the period. My current book project, entitled The Tribune and the People: Revolutionary leadership in 19th century France, addresses the question of how French practitioners and theorists of revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries struggled to define the relationship between popular sovereignty and representative leadership. I also have articles published or in progress on Flaubert's L'Education sentimentale, Sand's Nanon, Hubert Robert's paintings of the Louvre, and Voltaire's Letters to the English Nation. My research interests include revolutionary discourses from 1642 till today, literature and economic thought, writings of the self, utopian and dystopian thought, and connections between French and Russian literature. 

I teach seminars on Early Modern and Modern French literature at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, a freshman writing seminar under the umbrella of the Education as Self-Fashioning program, and French language courses at all levels. 



Stanford University (2008-2015)
Ph.D. in French Literature. Dissertation title: "The Tribune and the People: Revolutionary Leadership in France, 1789-1871" Advisor: Dan Edelstein. Readers: Keith M. Baker, Margaret Cohen, Joshua Landy
The University of Chicago (2003-2007)
B.A. in Romance Languages and Literatures (French), with honors; B.A. in Economics