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17th- and 18th-century
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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


FRENCH 131 Absolutism, Enlightenment, and Revolution in 17th- and 18th-Century France

The literature, culture, and politics of France from Louis XIV to Olympe de Gouges. How this period produced the political and philosophical foundations of modernity. Readings include Corneille, Molière, Racine, Lafayette, Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Beaumarchais, and Gouges. Taught in French. Prerequisite: FRENLANG 124 or consent of instructor.

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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