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Patricia A. Ward

Patricia A. Ward
Professor Emerita of French and Comparative Literature (2008)







Ph.D., Comparative Literature (French, English, Classics), University of Wisconsin (Madison)


Lectures and Readings

“Madame Guyon and Popular Reading in the Eighteenth Century: The Problematic Heritage of Devotional Literature.” 39th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Eighteenth-Century Studies. University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Paper. April 2005.

“Establishing the Mythemes of 1789: Illustrated Editions of the Histories of Mignet and Thiers.” 31st Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium. University of Texas (Austin). Paper. October 2005.

“Harriet Beecher Stowe and Phoebe Palmer on Women’s Spirituality.” Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA.) Symposium in honor of Charles Edwin Jones. Invited Paper. February 2006.

“French Quietism in Early Pennsylvania.” 40th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Eighteenth-Century French Studies. Montreal, Quebe. Paper. March 2006.

“Fenelon and Eighteenth-Century Culture.” Organizer and Chair of Session. ASECS. March 2006.

“Scientific Contexts for Understanding Baudelaire’s Interest in Synesthesia.” 32nd Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium. Indiana University (Bloomington). Paper co-authored with Darci Gardner. October 2006.

“Women, Religion, and Literature in 17th and 18th Century France.” Roundtable on Teaching 18th Century Religious Texts. 41st Annual Meeting of the American Association for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Atlanta. Paper. April 2007.

“American Women Artists at the Academie Julian.” Lecture. Vanderbilt Alumni Club. Paris. September 2008.

“Doing Faith and Learning.” Luncheon address as faculty consultant. Union University. Jackson, TN. October 2009.

“Americans in Paris: The All-Purpose Course.” Tennessee Association of Teachers of Foreign Languages. Invited Workshop Presenter. Nashville. November 2009.

“Unexpected Affinities: The Appropriation of Catholic Devotional Tradition within Popular American Protestantism.” Lumen Christi Institute and Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago. Invited Yves Simon Memorial Lecture. November, 2009.

“Harriet Beecher Stowe, ses amis, et le quietisme francais: Courants culturels en Amerique, de 1830 a 1860”. Academie des sciences, agriculture, arts, et belles-lettres, Aix-en-Provence, France. Lecture as membre correspondant. March, 2010.

“After Mary Cassatt: American Women Painters and Sculptors in Fin-de-Siecle Paris.” Alliance Francaise de Nashville. April 2011.



Recent Courses, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Vanderbilt University

Fall 2008, Americans in Paris, 1865-1955

Fall 2009, Franklin, Adams, and Jefferson in France

Fall 2011, Americans and Belle Epoque Paris


Recent Publications

Baudelaire and the Poetics of Modernity (edited). Vanderbilt University Press, 2001.

Experimental Theology in America: Madame Guyon, Fenelon and Their Readers. Baylor University Press. 2009. Reviews: Books and Culture (March 2, 2010); Spiritus, 10 (2010): 109-111; Church History, 79 (2010): 475-471; Religion and the Arts, 14 (2010): 485-488.

Madame Guyon (1648-1717),” a chapter in The Pietist Theologians, ed. Carter Lindberg. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004, 161-174.

“L’invective politique de V. Hugo: serment, énoncé performatif, impératif moral, ” a chapter in Hugo et la langue, ed. Florence Naugrette et Guy Rosa. Paris: Editions Bréal, 2005, 211-222.

“Fénelon among the New England Abolitionists,” Christianity and Literture,” 50 (Autumn 2000), 79-93.

“Contexts for Administering Graduate Programs,” Chairing the Foreign Language and Literature Department, Part 2, ADFL Bulletin, Special Issue, 32 (Spring 2001), 13-16.

“Why Major in Literature?– What We say to Our Students,” PMLA, 117 (May 2002), 519-521.

“Mapping the Traditions of Methodism and the Holiness and Pentecostal Movements: A Reply to David Bundy,” Wesleyan Theological Journal, 39 (Fall 2004), 256-267.

“New Notes on C.A. Bristed, Poe, and Baudelaire,” Bulletin Baudelairien, 39 (2004), 111-125.

“Baudelaire et les neurosciences, Note bibliographique,” Bulletin Baudelairien, 40 (2005), 41-50. Co-author Julie A. Huntington.

9 entries for the Cambridge Dictionary of Global Christianity (2010) and area editor for literature.

“Fenelon” and “Madame Guyon,” two entries for the Dictionary of Christian Literature (Scarecrow Press, 2010).

“Quietism,” one entry for the Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology (2011).



Other Books and Monographs

The Medievalism of Victor Hugo (Penn State); Joseph Joubert and the Critical Tradition (Droz); Carnet bibliographique Victor Hugo (two carnets, 1985 and 1992, the second with Bernadette Lintz Murphy, (Les Lettres modernes); Christian Women at Work (with Martha Stout, Zondervan).



“At the Forefront of Change: Paris, 1900-1970. Selections from the Pascal Pia Collection.” Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University, February-March, 2005.

“Les Fleurs du Mal: Selections from the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies.” Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University, March-April, 2006. (Prepared by Graduate Students in French under my direction.)