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Ourida Mostefai

Professor of French
Department of Romance Languages & Literatures
Boston College
Lyons Hall
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3804
Tel: 617-552-3518
Fax: 617-552-2064

Biography / Biographie

Ourida Mostefai grew up in Paris, France. A graduate of the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, she received her Master's and Doctoral degrees in French from New York University. Ourida Mostefai joined Boston College in 1988. She has served as Acting Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences (2004-2005), Interim Director of the Office of International Programs (2006-2007), and Chair of the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures (2009-2012). She has held visiting teaching appointments at Harvard University (Fall 2003) and at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm) in Paris (2010).

Research / Travaux

Ourida Mostefai is the author of Le Citoyen de Genève et la République des Lettres: étude de la controverse autour de la “Lettre à d’Alembert” de Jean-Jacques Rousseau (2003). She has edited Lectures de “la Nouvelle Héloïse”/Reading “la Nouvelle Héloïse” (1993) and co-edited Approaches to Teaching Rousseau’s “Confessions” and “Rêveries” (2003), Rousseau and l’Infâme: Religion, Toleration, and Fanaticism in the Age of Enlightenment (2009), as well as four issues of Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture (2000-2003). She has a book forthcoming on polemics in the works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and is preparing a critical edition of Rousseau’s Lettre à d’Alembert for the new Complete Works of Rousseau for Classiques Garnier publishers in France.

Some of her recent articles include: “De Manon à Julie: ordre et désordre des passions et de l’économie domestique.” Sources et Postérités de la Nouvelle Héloïse: Le modèle de Julie, Eds. Geneviève Goubier-Robert & Stéphane Lojkine. Paris: Desjonquères, 2012, pp. 153-160; “Singular and Exemplary: The Theory and Experience of Citizenship in Rousseau. A Response to Karma Nabulsi.” Self-Evident Truths? Human Rights and the Enlightenment. The Oxford Amnesty Lectures. Ed. Kate Tunstall. New York; London; New Dehli; Sidney:  Bloomsbury, 2012, pp. 59-71; "De Manon à Suzette: le ‘déménagement social’ en révolution.” Le Tournant des Lumières: Mélanges en l’honneur du professeur Malcolm Cook. Eds. Katherine Astbury & Catriona Seth. Paris: Garnier, 2012, pp. 181-192, and “Illumination et Historia Calamitatum: Postures de l’échec chez Rousseau.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau en 2012: “Puisqu'enfin mon nom doit vivre,” Ed. Michael O’Dea. Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, SVEC 2012:01, pp. 29-43.

Professional Honors / Distinctions honorifiques

Ourida Mostefai was inducted as Chevalier (Knight) in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques in January, 2009. She has served on the editorial boards of Eighteenth-Century Studies, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, and Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture.  She is a past President of the Rousseau Association and of the Society for Eighteenth-Century French Studies. Her grants and fellowships include: Columbia University Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall in Paris (2002-2003); National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar (1998), and East-West Seminar, International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (1997). At Boston College she has received a Faculty Fellowship (2005), a Teaching, Advising and Mentoring Grant (2005), and Research Incentive Grants (1995 and 2009). She is an elected member of the Eighteenth-Century French Literature Division of the MLA (Modern Language Association of America) and serves on the Advisory Board of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College.