Logan J. Connors came to Bucknell in 2010, after completing his Ph.D. in French & Francophone Studies and Comparative Literature at Louisiana State University. He teaches French & Francophone courses at all levels, with a particular emphasis in French literature, theater, and visual culture from before the French Revolution. Prof. Connors is a specialist of the drama, literary criticism, and aesthetics of ancien régime France; he is also interested in the role of emotion in foreign literature pedagogy. On campus, Prof. Connors is on the Department of Women's & Gender Studies Coordinating Committee; he is also a member of Faculty Council. In 2013-2014, Prof. Connors served as a Faculty Fellow at Bucknell's Teaching & Learning Center.

Educational Background

  • BA in History and French, University of Rhode Island, summa cum laude
  • MA, French & Francophone Studies, Louisiana State University
  • Pensionnaire scientifique international, Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon
  • Ph.D., French & Francophone Studies, Ph.D. minor in Comparative Literature, Louisiana State University

Research Interests

  • 17th- and 18th-century French theater
  • Literary and dramatic criticism of early-modern Europe
  • French Enlightenment historiography
  • Anti-theatrical discourses (link to my research group: http://obvil.paris-sorbonne.fr/projets/la-haine-du-theatre)
  • Literature pedagogy
  • Contemporary literary and dramatic theories

Teaching Highlights

  • Bucknell University, Associate Professor, 2014-
  • Assistant Professor, 2010-2014
  • Université Paris-Sorbonne, Visiting Scholar, Centre d'Etudes de la langue et de la littérature françaises des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles,September 2012-June 2013
  • Université Paris-Sorbonne, Membre-doctorant du CRHT, 2009-2010
  • Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon, Lecteur, 2007-2009

Selected Publications

Books and Edited Volumes

Dramatic battles in eighteenth-century France: philosophes, anti-philosophes and polemical theatre (Oxford University: Voltaire Foundation, 2012). Reviewed in French Studies, French Review, Theatre Journal.

A Critical Edition of Le Siège de Calais by Pierre-Laurent De Belloy. In the series Patrimoine dramatique du XVIIIe siècle (T. Wynn and P. Frantz eds.) (London: Modern Humanities Research Association, 2014)

Writing Against the Stage: Anti-theatrical discourse in early modern Europe (ed.). Special edition of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre, forthcoming 2015.

Articles and Book Chapters

"Critique et création dans la critique dramatique du XVIIIe siècle: les poétiques à l'épreuve de la scène." In L'écrivain et son critique: une fratrie problématique. Philippe Chardin et Marjorie Rousseau (eds.). Paris: Kimé, 2014, pp. 71-81.

"Valeurs nationales et valeurs théâtrales. La bataille du Siège de Calais (1765)." La Revue de l'Histoire du Théâtre, 261 (April 2014), pp. 87-96.

with N. Dupont and J. Westbrook, "Three Strategies for Promoting Intellectual Engagement in Advanced Undergraduate Seminars." The French Review, 88.1 (2014), pp. 111-126.

"The Power of Tragedy: An Eighteenth-Century Debate on Theater and its Relevance to Literature Pedagogy Today." The French Review, 87.3 (2014), pp. 79-94.

'Pré-conditionnement' et cri public: la réception de L'Ecossaise de Voltaire (1760). In Voltaire homme de théâtre (Christophe Cave and Martial Poirson (eds.). Paris: Garnier, forthcoming, 2014.

"Les philosophes selon Charles Collé." In Charles Collé: au coeur de la République des lettres. Marie-Emmanuelle and Dominique Quéro (eds.). Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2013, pp. 247-256.

"'Initiators of Discursive Practices': Authorship, attribution, and intent in the debates between philosophes and anti-philosophes." French Forum, 37.4 (2012), pp. 15-30.

"Text(s) and Performance in Charles Palissot's Les Philosophes (1760)." In The Enlightenment: Critique, Myth and Utopia. Minna Ahokas, Timo Kaitaro & Charlotta Wolff (eds.), Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2011, pp. 175-191.

"L'esthétique du patriotisme dans la critique théâtrale à l'époque de la guerre de sept ans. Le cas du Siège de Calais (1765)." In Le public et la politique des arts au Siècle des Lumières. Christophe Henry and Daniel Rabreau (eds.). Paris: Université de Paris I and William Blake & Co., 2011, pp. 113-120.

"Performing Criticism during Cultural War: The case of Voltaire's l'Ecossaise (1760)." Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 10.1 (November 2010), pp. 61-80.

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