(on leave 2016-17)

NEH Chair in the Humanities, 2015-18

Logan J. Connors specializes in 17th- and 18th-century French theater, as well as early-modern European literature and aesthetics. In addition, he writes about foreign literature pedagogy, contemporary theatre and performance studies, and the historiography of the European Enlightenment. Currently, he is working on a book about the emotions in theater in which he reassesses the role of anti-theatricalists and Enlightenment writers in the broader historiography of early modern emotions.

At Bucknell, Prof. Connors teaches French language classes as well as seminars on a variety of subjects, including French literature 1800-present, French & Francophone Theatre, "Growing Up" in early modern France, and "Theater & Power of the Ancien régime." Since 2013, he has served on the coordinating committee for the Department of Women's and Gender Studies. In 2014, he was the dramaturg for Bucknell's production of  Molière's Tartuffe. In 2015-2016, he is the Professor-in-Residence at Bucknell en France, in Tours, France. From 2015-2018, he will serve as NEH Chair in the Humanities.

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

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

Writing Against the Stage: Anti-theatrical discourse in early modern Europe (ed.). Special double-issue of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre, (29.1-29.2), 2015.

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). Reviewed in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre.

Denis Diderot: Theater and Dramatic Criticism in Literature Criticism from 1400-1800, (Volume advisor), vol. 224 (New York: Cengage Gale, 2013).

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, Eighteenth-Century Studies, 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era, H-France Review, and Dalhousie French Studies.

Articles and Book Chapters

"Minding Spectatorship: The 'Theatrical Event' in Eighteenth-Century France." In Dramatic Experience: Poetics of Drama and the Public Sphere(s) in Early Modern Europe and Beyond. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2016.
"Patriotismes à l'épreuve des variantes finales dans Le Siège de Calais, tragédie de Pierre de Belloy (1765)." In Réécritures et changements de dénouement dans le théâtre français et européen des XVIIIe et XIXe siècles. Florence Naugrette and Sylviane Robardey-Eppstein (eds). Paris: Classiques Garnier, forthcoming, 2015.

"From Anti-Theater to Anti-Theatricality." Forthcoming in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research (RECTR), 29.2 (2015): 1-8.

"Who gets to dispute? Gender, nation and representation in two versions of Pierre de Belloy's Le Siège de Calais. Arrêt sur scène/Scene Focus 3 (Dec. 2014): 193-206.

"The Theater's Many Enemies." Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research (RECTR), 29.1 (2015): 5-16.

 "Le rêve d'autorité dans la dramaturgie française, 1660-1717." In Expérimentation scientifique et manipulation littéraire au siècle des Lumières. Jean M. Goulemot (ed.). Paris: Minerve, 2014: 27-38.

"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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