Annelle M. Curulla

Annelle M. Curulla
Assistant Professor of French Literature and Language
Hollander Hall Rm 104
At Williams since 2012

Fall 2017 Office Hours

M, 12-2; T, 2-3


B.A. Connecticut College (1999)
M.A. Middlebury College Language School, French (2001)
Ph.D. Columbia University, French (2012)

Areas of Expertise

Literature and Culture of the Enlightenment and French Revolution; Women’s and Gender Studies; Theater Studies; History of the Book

Scholarship/Creative Work


Unveiling the Sacred: The Monastic Trope in Theater and Drama from the Enlightenment to the

French Revolution (Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, forthcoming 2018).


“Beyond Terror and Pity? Coup de théâtre After Diderot,” The Social Worth of Tears: Emotional Economy in the Eighteenth Century, ed. Lorenzo Rustighi and Julia A. Sienkewicz. Paris: Honoré Champion (forthcoming 2017).

“False Frocks: Charles IX and the Debate on Catholic Costume in French Revolutionary Theater” Research in Eighteenth-Century and Restoration Theater, vol. 29, issue 1 (Summer 2014): 97–116.

A Literary Politics of the Veil: Jean-François de La Harpe’s Mélanie (submitted).

“‘What History Forgets or Disdains:’ Women in the Biographical Drama of Mercier and His Circle” (in progress).

Book Review

Review of Lauren Clay, Stagestruck: The Business of Theatre in Eighteenth-Century France and Its Colonies (Cornell University Press, 2013). Theatre Survey, vol. 56, issue 3 (Summer 2015): 431–433.


Réjane Sénac-Slawinski, “Parity and the Sexual Order,” Women, Feminism, and Femininity in the Twenty-First Century French and American Perspectives, eds. Eve-Alice Roustang and Béatrice Mousli (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2009), 133–154.

Paolo Amaldi, “Chairs, Postures, and Viewpoints: For an Exact Reconstitution of the Barcelona Pavilion,” Future Anterior, vol. 2, issue 2 (2005): 17–24.

Scholarly Presentations

Presentations at Professional Association Meetings

Panelist, “State of the Discipline: Eighteenth-Century French and Francophone Theatre Studies/ État des lieux: études théâtrales du dix-huitième siècle (espaces francophones).” Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), Orlando, Florida, March 2018.

“Expecting the Unexpected in Sentimental Drama.” Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, KY, April 2016.

Panelist, “History Through Literary Eyes.” Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association (MLA), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, January 2015.

“‘What History Forgets or Disdains:’ Women in the Biographical Dramas of Mercier and His Circle.” Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), Williamsburg, Virginia, March 2014.

“Theorizing Performance in the Age of Revolution.” Annual Meeting of the East-Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2013.

“Diderot’s Double Scenes.” Annual Meeting of the Southeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Charleston, South Carolina, February 2013.

“Fénelon’s Good Deed: The Perils of Anecdote in Revolutionary Theater.” Annual Meeting of ASECS, San Antonio, Texas, March 2012.

“‘Useful Knowledge?’ Banned Books, Collections, and the Enlightenment Survey Course.” Annual Meeting of the Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Buffalo, New York, October 2010.

“Reviving Mélanie: Jean-François de La Harpe and His Critics, 1801–02.” Annual Meeting of ASECS, Richmond, Virginia, March 2009 (read in absentia).

“Vocational Hazards: Convent Plays in the Literary History of the French Revolution.” Annual Meeting of the MLA, Chicago, Illinois, December 2007.

“‘The True Model of Apostolic Eloquence:’ Jean-Jacques Bridaine’s Saint-Sulpice Exordium.” Annual Meeting of ASECS, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2007.

Clair-obscur: Stage Lighting and Dramatic Tableau, 1760–1790.” Annual Conference of the French Graduate Student Association, Columbia University, New York, New York, April 2005.

Special Seminars and Invited Presentations

“‘Faire Incendier le Spectacle’? Colonial Drama in Parisian Theater (1789-1794),” “On History’s Stage: Theatre and Performance in the French Atlantic Slave Colonies,” Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, February 2018.

“Finding Religion in the Registers.” Early Modern Theatre Practices and the Digital Archive: The Comédie-Française Registers Project,” Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Harvard University, May 2016.

“Real and Virtual Collaboration: Molière in Performance.” Alliance for the Advancement of the Liberal Arts Conference Workshop, “Blended Learning Approaches to Teaching Early Modern France in a Liberal Arts Context,” Wellesley College, October 2015.

“After Terror and Pity: Awful Discoveries in Eighteenth-Century French Drama.” International Seminar for Early Career Eighteenth-Century Scholars, Amsterdam, Holland, July 2015.

Guest Seminar Leader, “Diderot and the Erotic Literature of the Enlightenment,” Wesleyan University, May 2015.

Guest Seminar Leader, “Claustral Phobias in Diderot’s La Religieuse,” College of Charleston, South Carolina (via Skype), February 2015.

“Radical Rewording? Olympe de Gouges’s Declaration of the Rights of Women.” Radical Words Lecture Series, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, October 2014.

“Church, State, and Theater in Eighteenth-Century France.” Faculty Seminar Series, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, December 2009.

“Les Murs du couvent dans le théâtre de la Révolution.” Université Blaise-Pascal/Musée de la Révolution française, “Entre scène et foyer: décors, costumes et accessoires dans le théâtre de la Révolution et de l’Empire” Vizille, France, June 2007.

Panelist, “Les Echanges franco-américains,” radio broadcast, “La Fabrique d’histoire” series, Radio France Culture, Paris, France, June 2004.

Panel and Conference Organizing

“Fake News in the Eighteenth Century,” 18th-Century French Forum Panel Chair, Annual Meeting of the MLA, New York, New York 2018.

“In Debt: Credit, Indebtedness, and Financial Injury,” 18th-Century French Forum Panel Chair, Annual Meeting of the MLA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 2017.

“Disaster and Its Aftermath,” Panel Co-Chair, Annual Meeting of ASECS, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 2016.

“Secular Ritual in Eighteenth-Century France,” Panel Chair, Annual Meeting of ASECS, Los Angeles, California, March 2015.

“Revolutionary Theater in a Global Context,” Panel Co-Chair, Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Seattle, Washington, March 2015.

“English Literature Post-1700 (Gothic Fiction),” Panel Chair, Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Claremont, California, November 2008.

“Traces, Fragments, Memory,” Panel Chair, Annual Conference of the French Graduate Student Association (FGSA), Columbia University, February 2006.

“Marking Loss: Reading and Writing Erasure in French and Francophone Literature,” Conference Co-organizer, Annual Conference of the FGSA, Columbia University, February 2006.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Class of 1945 World Faculty Fellowship, for travel to France, Williams College, 2015–2016

Fellow, Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Williams College, fall 2015

Participant, Mellon School for Theater and Performance Studies, Harvard University, summer 2014

Hellman Fellow, for travel to France, Williams College, summer 2014

Whiting Foundation Fellowship, for travel to France, Columbia University, 2007–2008

Pensionnaire étrangère / Research affiliate, École normale supérieure, Paris, 2005–2007

Grand Marnier Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Columbia University, 2006–2007

Otis Fellows Fellowship, Columbia University, 2005–2006

Chateaubriand Fellow, French Cultural Embassy of the U.S., for travel and sponsored study in France, (director: Prof. Christian Biet, 2005–2006)

Professional Affiliations

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Modern Language Association

Amercian Comparative Literature Association

Previous Posts

Guest Faculty in French, Sarah Lawrence College, Department of Modern Languages, 2011–2012

Visiting Instructor of French, Bowdoin College, Department of Romance Languages, 2008–2011


Current Committees

  • Faculty Steering Committee