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Darci Gardner



Building 240 Room 204

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Tuesdays 2:15-5:15 and by appointment

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cognitive sciences
visual culture
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19th century

Darci Gardner

Lecturer in French

Darci graduated from Stanford in June of 2013 with a Ph.D. in French and a minor in Italian. She specializes in French language and literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her dissertation, entitled "Rereading as Requirement: The Cognitive Demands of Mallarmé, Krysinska, and Proust," argues that certain fin-de-siècle writers designed their texts to restructure the interpretive habits of their readers.

Prior to attending Stanford, Darci discovered her passion for French Studies as an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University, where she enjoyed spending long afternoons perusing the collections of the W. T. Bandy Center. She earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature and wrote a thesis on "Painterly Techniques in Le Spleen de Paris."

Her ongoing research focuses on visual culture, film, and cognitive approaches to literature. These interdisciplinary interests are visible in her teaching through the variety of media that she integrates into classroom discussions.


Fashion and Image in Post-Romantic Paris. Winter 2011. This course examines the role of fashion in the literature and visual culture of post-Romantic Paris. Classes will engage a variety of topics ranging from the formation of aesthetic values to the impact of the media on popular taste, while discussions will interrogate themes of gender, urbanization, and the rise of consumer culture. In addition to discussing texts, we will analyze depictions of fashion in visual genres such as caricature, cosmopolitan portraiture, advertising, and film. Readings include Gautier, Baudelaire, Maupassant, La Dame aux camélias, Madame Bovary, Carmen, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Salomé, among others. Taught in French. Prerequisite: French Lit 130 or consent.

Advanced French Grammar. Winter 2013. This course cultivates advanced proficiency in French with special attention to writing. Students will fine-tune their grammar skills and develop the ability to do both professional and academic work in the target language. We will examine feature articles, editorials, humoristic essays, nonfiction, and literature for samples of grammatical structures, idiomatic expressions, and communicative strategies. Writing assignments will be brief but frequent; they will gradually increase in length over the course of the term as our focus shifts from accuracy to effectiveness. Prerequisite: French 23C or equivalent.


Ph.D. in French, minor in Italian. Stanford University, 2013.

B.A., summa cum laude, with high honors in Comparative Literature. Vanderbilt University, 2007.

Ravenscroft School. Raleigh, North Carolina, 2004.