Tracy Rutler


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Tracy Rutler teaches French and Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University where she specializes in early modern French and Francophone literature. Her research focuses on the intersection of psychoanalytic theory, political philosophy, and gender and sexuality studies in eighteenth-century literature. She is currently completing the manuscript for her first book, Family Remains: Language, Sexuality, and Power in Eighteenth-Century French Literature, which analyzes how the heteronormative family's rise to dominance in the eighteenth century is contested within novels and plays through figures such as orphans, bastards, and spinsters. A portion of this the final chapter of the book was published in French Forum as “Liberté, Égalité, Sororité: The Regime of the Sister in Graffigny’s Les Lettres d’une Péruvienne.” She is also working on as second project examining disability in early modern materialist and animist philosophies. An article based on this research, “Prosthetic Matters: On Blindness, Machines, and Knowledge in Diderot’s Letter on the Blind,” is forthcoming in the journal Criticism. In each of her endeavors, she grapples with one of the most enduring legacies of the Enlightenment: the large-scale imposition of categorical norms and the problem of sorting the individuals, organizations, and substances that resist categorization.

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