Jennifer L. Tamas

Jennifer Tamas arrived at Middlebury in 2013. She left France in 2006 when she was granted a Fulbright fellowship to study in the USA. She now holds a PhD from Stanford University (A Revolution in Rhetoric: Claiming the Authority to Speak in Early Modern France (1643-1793)) in which she studies the intersection between politic, religious and theatrical texts through the lens of “declaration”. Agrégée de Lettres Modernes, she also holds a PhD in Literature and Stylistics from Paris IV Sorbonne (Dire et ne pas dire. Du silence éloquent à l’énonciation tragique des déclarations d’amour chez Racine). This study focuses on the implications of the unsaid in Racine’s dramaturgy.

Her teaching interests range from the Old Regime to the French Revolution and explore the boundaries between passions and politics, as well as 17th and 18th century theater, speech act theory, language and the human, the eloquence of silence, the tribune as a theatrical stage for human rights and political declarations, the rhetoric of emancipation movements (slaves and women). She also nurtures a deep passion for teaching French (especially grammar, lexicology and stylistics).

She published numerous articles on passions and theater. She is currently working on a volume about the eloquence of silence in 17th and 18th century French theater. In addition, her main project aims at writing a book about Racine’s dramaturgy of silence.

 

Courses

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Recent Publications

CO-AUTHORED AND CO-EDITED VOLUMES

L’éloquence du silence sur la scène théâtrale du 17e et 18e siècles, Hélène BILIS et Jennifer TAMAS (eds.), European Drama and Performance Studies ( Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2014).

Madame de Sévigné: les Lettres de 1671, Frédéric CALAS, Nathalie FREIDEL, Cécile LIGNEREUX, Jennifer TAMAS (Paris: Nathan, coll. Atlande, 2012).

ARTICLES AND BOOK SECTIONS

“Racine: une dramaturgie de l’indicible,” European Drama and Performance Studies, (Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2014). 

“Valmont ou la sémiotique du corps au service d’une séditieuse séduction,” in Corps et Séduction, du charme à la manipulation. Proceedings of the International Conference on Seduction, University of Versailles, Forthcoming.
    
“Dire et ne pas dire l’amour : formes discursives et effets pragmatiques des aveux dans Mithridate de Racine,” in Genres, Styles, Auteurs 2010 (Paris: Presses Universitaires Paris-Sorbonne, 2010), 119-142.

“La déclaration d’amour chez Racine : un discours emphatique qui oscille entre épanchement et brièveté,” in L’emphase: entre copia et brevitas, 16e et 17e siècles (Paris: Presses Universitaires Paris-Sorbonne, 2010), 85-98.

“L’imaginaire de la clôture à travers le cloître et la maison close au 17e siècle: la femme et la mise au ban de la société française,” La Licorne n°94: Le Bannissement et l'exil en Europe aux 16e et 17e siècles, (2010): 85-99.

“La Médée d’Anouilh : entre drame intime et vision mythique d’une France blessée,” Revue du Paon d’Héra n°5 (2009): 187-194.

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