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R. Shane Agin

Associate Professor of French and Italian
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Modern Languages and Literatures

Office: 205B Fisher Hall
Phone: 412.396.1520

Education:

2003 - Ph.D. , French Literature, Johns Hopkins University
Diplôme d’étudies approfondies, French Literature, Université de Genève
1996 - M. A. , French Literature, University of Kansas
1993 - B. A. , English Literature, University of Kansas
1993 - B. A, French Literature, University of Kansas
Academic Interests

Dr. Agin joined the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures as Assistant Professor of French in 2005. His research focuses primarily on Denis Diderot and the interrelations among art, literature and philosophy in 18th-century France.

Academic interests include:

17th- and 18th-Century French and Italian Literature and Culture
Early Modern Philosophy
The Enlightenment in Europe
History of Sexuality
Aesthetics and Writing on Art

Publications
Volumes:

Sex Education in Eighteenth-Century France, Shane Agin, ed. SVEC (Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century) (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation) (2011).

Articles and chapters:

"Diderot, Rousseau, and the Historiography of Virtue" in Diderot Studies vol. 32 (September
2011): 381-400

"Entre instinct et imagination: l'éducation sexuelle chez Rousseau" in La question sexuelle: Interrogations de la sexualité dans l'œuvre et la pensée de Rousseau, Jean-Luc Guichet, ed. (Paris: Garnier-Flammarion) (Collection: L'Europe des Lumières) (2011): 243-264.

"The Construction and Education of the Sexualized Subject in Rousseau" in Sex Education in Eighteenth-Century France, Shane Agin, ed. SVEC (Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century) (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation) (2011): 125-148.

"The Development of Diderot's Salons and the Shifting Boundary of Representational Language" in Diderot Studies 30 (2008): 11-29.
"Sketch, Illustration and the Power of Imagination: Aesthetic Production and Reception in 18th-Century France," in The Ruin and the Sketch in the Eighteenth Century, Peter Wagner, Frédéric Ogée, et al., eds. (Trier: Wissenschaflicher Verlag Trier, 2008): 59-69.

"Le viol au XVIIIe siècle: Discours sur l'origine et les fondements de la femme sociale," in Le Viol: Actes du colloque international, Jean-Michel Devésa, ed. (Bordeaux, Université de Bordeaux 3 [L'A.P.R.I.L])

"La Physiologie de l'art," in Plaisir, souffrance et sublimation, ed. Jean-Michel Devésa (Bordeaux: Pleine Page Editeurs) (2007): 49-59.

"Sex Education in the Enlightened Nation." Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 37 (2007): 1-21.

"Le public des ascensions en Montgolfière et la démocratisation de la science au XVIIIe siècle." Cahiers de littérature française 5 (2007): 13-25.

"Vers un nouveau Salon : Diderot, Falconet, et le débat sur la critique d'art." Cahiers d'Histoire culturelle (La littérature et les beaux-arts au 18e siècle) (2005): 111-19.

" « Comment se font les enfans? » Sex Education and the Preservation of Innocence in Eighteenth-Century France." MLN 117 (2002): 722-36.

Reviews
Ourida Mostefai and John T. Scott, Rousseau and l'Infâme: Religion, Toleration, and Fanaticism in the Age of Enlightenment in French Review 84.4 (March 2011).

Nicholas Cronk, The Cambridge Companion to Voltaire in French Review 84.1 (October 2010): 160-61.

Daniel Brewer, The Enlightenment Past: Reconstructing Eighteenth-Century French Thought in French Review 83.4 (March 2010): 865-66.

Jean M. Goulemot, Adieu les philosophes: Que reste-t-il des Lumières? in American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies Book Reviews On-line

Translations
From French into English:

Jean M. Goulemot, "Sex Education in Utopia: An Investigation into the Margins" in Sex Education in Eighteenth-Century France, Shane Agin, ed. SVEC (Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century) (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation) (2011): 83-104.

(with Diane B. Brown) Didier Masseau, "Representations of Sexual Awakening in Eighteenth-Century Memoirs" in Sex Education in Eighteenth-Century France, Shane Agin, ed. SVEC (Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century) (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation) (2011): 171-190.

From Italian into English:

Patrizia Veroli, "Loie Fuller's Serpentine Dance and Futurism: Electricity, Technological Imagination and the Myth of the Machine" in Futurism and the Technological Imagination. Ed. Günter Berghaus (Amsterdam: Rodopi) (December 2009): 125-47.

Courses
French:

French Language (Elementary through Advanced)
French Conversation and Composition (changing course theme)
Advanced French Grammar
Introduction to French Literature and Culture I (Medieval to 17th Century)
Introduction to French Literature and Culture II (18th Century to
Contemporary)
Introduction to 17th- and18th-Century French Literature and Culture
France and Italy Through the Lens of the Camera
La Philosophie à l'âge classique (17th- and 18th-century Philosophy)
The French Novel in Translation
Faith and Reason in the Age of Revolution
French for Reading Knowledge
Critical Theory and Research Methodologies (graduate seminar)

Italian:

Italian Language (Elementary)
Introduction to Italian Language and Culture
France and Italy Through the Lens of the Camera