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Joan DeJean
Joan DeJean
Trustee Professor of French, University of Pennsylvania

"The Pont Neuf: The Bridge Where Modern Urban Life Began"
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Fri., Oct. 19, 2012, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Co-sponsored by the Departments of French & Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, English, History, and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, and the Hall Center
Location: Hall Center Conference Hall

In 1606, people were able to cross the Seine River on a new bridge called the Pont Neuf.  It was designed in a radically new way in order to facilitate developing forms of transportation.  Within decades, the Pont Neuf's new design had had many unexpected effects: it had encouraged social mixing; it had facilitated a civil war; and it had introduced Parisians to the beauty of their river.

Professor DeJean is the Trustee Professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania. Her areas of research include 17th- and 18th-century French literature, the history of women's writing in France, the history of sexuality, the development of the novel, and the cultural history of late 17th- and early 18th-century France. She is the author of five other books, including Ancients Against Moderns: Culture Wars and the Making of a Fin de Siècle, which was a finalist for the prestigious James Russell Lowell Prize of the Modern Language Association in 1998.

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