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Chloe Summers Edmondson

French & Italian Department Graduate Representative 2015-2016

Chloe Edmondson is a PhD candidate in the French department. Her research interests lie at the crossroads of literature and history, working primarily on literary, intellectual, and cultural history of the French Enlightenment. She also works on projects in the digital humanities and is co-project lead on the "Salons Project" with Melanie Conroy, a project under the umbrella of "Mapping the Republic of Letters." 
 
Previously she earned a B.A. with Honors and Distinction in French, and an M.A. in Communication and Media Studies, both at Stanford. Chloe wrote an Honors Thesis entitled “Between Sociability and Literature: Female Authorship in Enlightenment and Post-Revolutionary France” under her advisor Professor Dan Edelstein, which demonstrates how practices of sociability in the High Enlightenment afforded women both socio-cultural and literary influence into the 19th century, through studies of Julie de Lespinasse, Madame de Genlis, and Madame de Staël. In Communication, her MA thesis, “The Rebirth of Exteriority: The Socio-Visual Circulation of the Self in the 19th century and Today” under Professor Fred Turner, compares practices of vernacular photography in the nineteenth century to the practices we see today on Instagram, examining the impacts of this socio-visual culture on processes of self-fashioning. 
 
 
 

Education

M.A. in Communication with a concentration in Media Studies, Stanford
B.A. in French, with Honors, with Distinction, Stanford