Caroline Weber, Associate Professor of French, joined the faculty of Barnard in 2005. In addition to her teaching duties for the French department, Professor Weber is affiliated with Barnard's Comparative Literature Program. Before coming to Barnard, she taught at the University of Pennsylvania.
Professor Weber is a specialist in eighteenth-century French literature and culture, with particular emphasis on the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Additional research and teaching interests include critical theory, gender studies, and costume history.
Her essays have appeared in a wide variety of academic and mainstream publications. She has published articles on eighteenth-century authors such as Rousseau, Voltaire, Diderot, Sade, Charrière, and La Chaussée, and on contemporary thinkers like Lacan and Lyotard. She writes regularly for The New York Times Book Review.
Professor Weber's book, Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution, was selected by both The New York Times and The Washington Post as a Notable Book of the Year.
She is working on a book about ideology in bourgeois drama.
Eighteenth-century French literature and cultural history
Following recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Prof. Weber delves into the history of the French tradition of religious mockery
French professor reviews a new anthology of 18th century French poetry
In The New York Times' "Room for Debate" forum, French literature professor responds to the question, "Are French women more tolerant?"