Maria Teodora is a Ph.D. Candidate in French, specializing in French literature of the 17th and 18th centuries with emphasis on theater. She earned a DEUG in Lettres Modernes from Université Lyon2 Lumière, a B.A. (Summa cum laude), and an M.A. in French from San José State University. Her M.A. thesis focused on Belgian author Suzanne Lilar: "Le Burlador de Suzanne Lilar: Mythe et tragédie féminine."
Before coming to Stanford, she taught French at SJSU and at Foothill College.
Maria Teodora is currently working on her dissertation on society theater, a popular form of private spectacle in 18th century France. Her project examines the interaction between private and public theaters from esthetic and social perspectives. This work is supplemented by a database of society theater people, places, plays and performances. Maria Teodora is also interested in the reception of Molière's works in the 18th century and in representations of Don Juan by women. She participates in the Mapping the Republic of Letters project and is the lab manager for Humanities + Design within CESTA.
- “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