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Department of French and Francophone Studies
Bryn Mawr College
101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899

Phone: (610) 526-5198
FAX: (610) 526-7479


Rudy Le MenthéourRudy Le Menthéour

Associate Professor, Graduate Adviser (on leave 2015/16)
Director, Institut d'études françaises d'Avignon
Ph.D. Université de Grenoble
Office: Thomas Hall 147
Phone: 610-526-5674

Rudy Le Menthéour has studied the polemics of Rousseau and the main philosophers of the French Enlightenment. His work also focuses on the rise of hygiene and medical anthropology in the Eighteenth Century. He is the author of La Manufacture de maladies: la dissidence hygiénique de Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Paris: 2012) and the editor of an anthology on Seventeenth Century French Literature (2003). He is a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and has taught both in France and in the United States.

Recent Publications

  • “Melancholy vaporised: self-narration and counter-diagnosis in Rousseau’s work,” in Medicine and Narration in the 18th Century, ed. Sophie Vasset, Oxford, SVEC (2013:04): 107-123
  • “Au berceau de l’appropriation: Rousseau, Locke et l’enfance du propriétaire,” Annales Jean-Jacques Rousseau, vol. L, 2012: 161-182
  • “De la ruche au polype: figures de l'organisation sociale,” Dix-huitième Siècle, no. 41, 2009: 205-221
  • “Cendrillon: portrait de la jeune fille en vestale,” La grande oreille, no. 33 (Winter 2007): 33-39

Courses Taught

FREN/HIST 275 Improving Mankind
An in-depth study of 'enlightened hygiene' and proto-eugenics in early modern France.

FREN 204 Le Siècle des Lumières
An introduction to French Enlightenment, with texts by Montesquieu, Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, among others

FREN 306 Libertinage et Subversion
A study of Eighteenth-Century Libertinage through novels by Prévost, Crébillon, Laclos, Sade, etc.

FREN 325 Lumières et Médecine
A study of the medical aspects of Enlightenment, with a close reading of both fiction and non-fiction.