Seth Whidden holds a B.A. from Union College, an M.A. from The Ohio State University, and an A.M. and a Ph.D. from Brown University, where he specialized in nineteenth-century French literature. His publications include the books Leaving Parnassus: The Lyric Subject in Verlaine and Rimbaud (2007) and Authority in Crisis in French Literature, 1850-1880 (2014, forthcoming). He is currently coeditor-in-chief of Parade sauvage: revue d'études rimbaldiennes and of Revue Verlaine, the scholarly journals devoted to the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, respectively; and Associate Editor of Nineteenth-Century French Studies, one of the leading journals of French studies published in North America. He teaches a wide range of courses in Villanova's program in French and Francophone Studies, from language-based courses to upper-level seminars on various aspects of French literature and culture.
During the 2013-14 year he is on sabbatical leave, affiliated with LIRE (Littérature, Idéologies, Représentations, XVIIIe-XIXe siècles), UMR 5611 (CNRS - Lyon 2 - Grenoble 3 - Saint-Étienne - ENS Lyon).
E-mail: seth [dot] whidden [at] villanova
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last update 20 February 2014