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Maria Teodora Comsa

Lecturer, French

Maria Teodora is a Lecturer in French with the Stanford Language Center. Her specialization is French literature of the 17th and 18th centuries, with an emphasis on theater. 



  • “Society Theater’s Self-Criticism: the Anti-Theatrical Discourse in Moncrif’s Les Abdérites and Piron’s La Métromanie,” Restoration & Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research, Volume 29, Issue 2 (Winter 2014), “Writing Against the Stage: Anti-Theatrical Discourse in Early Modern Europe,” Part 2 of 2, Guest-Edited by Logan J. Connors, Bucknell University

  • Society Theater: a Laboratory for Esthetic and Social Change (1715-1815), Thesis (Ph.D.), Stanford University, 2014.

  • Le Burlador de Suzanne Lilar: mythe et tragédie féminine (2008). Master's Theses: Paper 3491.


Conference Presentations

  • “Casanova and the Performance of Belief,” Seminar in Enlightement and Revolution 2014-15, Stanford Humanities Center.
  • “Society Plays as Testimony of Social Change,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Conference, Williamsburg,VA, March 2014
  • “Society Theater.db,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Conference, Williamsburg, VA, March 2014
  • “Love in French Society Theater,” Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, UC Davis, CA, February 2014
  • “French Society Plays and Playwrights in the Press,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Conference, Cleveland, OH, April 2013
  • "Le Malentendu du Deuxième Sexe: Une attaque du livre guide du féminisme; Autrefois et maintenant,"Simone de Beauvoir Society's 17th International Conference, San José State University, San José, CA, June 2009
  • "Don Juan as Incarnation of the Feudal," Northern California Renaissance Conference, San José State University, San José, CA, May 2009


English, French, Romanian, Spanish

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Courses Taught

  • Various courses in the 1st- and second-year language series
  • French 124: Advanced French: Composition, Writing, and Presentation
  • Frenlit 145: French Theatromania: from the Great Classics to Private Theater in 17th and 18th Century France
  • Frenlit 131: Absolutism, Enlightenment, and Revolution in 17th- and 18th- Century France