Nancy Rubino’s research and teaching interests are centered on 19th-century French literature, with particular attention to the intersections of literary and clinical discourses. She has worked on the representation of “hysteria” in French Realist and Decadent literature and is the author of “Impotence and Excess: Male Hysteria and Androgyny in Flaubert’s Salammbô” (Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Fall-Winter 2000), in which she examines the topos of the hysterical poet within the context of a modern aesthetics of artistic creation. Prior to Gallatin, Rubino was Assistant Professor of French Literature at the University of Washington where she taught courses on the French Realist novel, including Balzac, Flaubert and Zola, the representation of Paris through literature, film and the arts, and seminars on French intellectual history. Rubino later served as Senior Director of Academic Initiatives at an educational non-profit, The College Board, where she supervised the development of new, interdisciplinary academic programs centered on project-based learning and the arts.
Teaching and Research Interests
19th-century French literature; literary criticism; gender studies; androgyny and modernism; the French Realist novel; representations of hysteria in late 19th-century French novels
B.A. French & Italian, New York University, 1983 M.A. French Literature, New York University, 1985 Ph.D. French and Romance Philology, Columbia University, 1997