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Nathalie Hester

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  • Title: Associate Professor of Italian and French
  • Additional Title: Director of European Studies
  • Phone: 541-346-4058
  • Office: 430 Friendly Hall
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Affiliated Departments: European Studies


Selected publications • "Literature and Identity in Italian Baroque Travel Writing". Ashgate Press, 2008. • “Travel and the Art of Telling the Truth: Marie-Catherine d’Aulnoy’s Travels to Spain.”Huntington Library Quarterly Vol. 70 (1) 2007: pp. 87-102. • “ Unreasonable Travels? The Place of Europe in Francesco Negri’s Viaggio settentrionale.” inReason and Its Others: Italy, Spain, and the New World . Eds. David R. Castillo and Massimo Lollini, eds. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, 2006. pp. 101-122. • “Taking after Tarabotti? A 17th-century Sienese Discorso.” in Arcangela Tarabotti, a Literary Nun in Baroque Venice . Ed. Elissa Weaver. Ravenna: Longo Editore, 2006. pp.191-200. • “Geographies of Belonging: Italian Travel Writing and Italian Identity in the Age of Early Tourism.” Annali d'Italianistica 21 (2003): 287-300. •”Scholarly Borrowing: The Case of Remigio Nannini’s Orazioni militari and François de Belleforest’s Harangues militaires.” Modern Philology, Vol. 101, no. 2 (Nov. 2003): 235-258.

Research and teaching interests

Renaissance and Baroque literature, travel literature, early modern French and Italian historiography, early modern Italian convent culture, feminist theory, seventeenth-century women’s writing.

M.A. Periods

1 & 2

Courses taught

•Italian 150: Cultural Legacies of Italy •Italian 318: Survey of Baroque and Enlightenment Literature •Italian 449/549 Renaissance Women’s Writing, Italy and America in the Renaissance •Italian 459/559: Renaissance Theater •French 301: Contemporary France •French 317: Survey of Medieval and Renaissance Literature •French 333: “Love and intrigue in French prose through the centuries” •Romance Languages 407/507: Early Modern Travel Literature

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