Darcy Gimaldo Grigsby, Professor



Closed (3) The Creole Portrait in 19th-century France. (Race, Family, Caricature)

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This project includes a number of topics addressed by my book-in-progress, Creole Portraits, including the construction of Creoles and persons of mixed-race in French art and literature. Alexandre Dumas père, for example, was prolific, beloved, notorious and also a writer of mixed race. He was included among caricatures of the Romantics but also inspired an enormous number of caricatures focused on his person. I am devoting a chapter of my book to the overlapping discourses of Romanticism, genius, excess, falsehood, exaggeration, plagiarism, and racial difference that come into play in the reception of Dumas as writer, lover, traveler, and omniverous appetite. Other key figures are Jeanne Duval and Théodore Chassériau.

TASKS: Primary and secondary research both in the library and online; use of Interlibrary Loan; research of images online, including the Bibliotheque Nationale's digital website called Gallica and UCB's microfilm collection of 19th-century journals. Summaries of pertinent secondary books and articles. Compilation of bibliography.

Qualifications: Fluency in French helpful but not required. My project is so wide-ranging I am interested in students with many different majors and research skills (including Art History, French history, French language and literature, and Creole studies).

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Closed (4) Producing a book: Creole Portraits. Picturing France's Foreign Relations during the 19th-century

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This project entails assistance in the production of my forthcoming book: including the compilation of a figure list; ordering images from museums, archives, and libraries; the compilation of a bibliography; and the creation of appendices, including a timeline and brief biographies of the white and black and mixed race Creoles of this period. Reading ability in French would be helpful but not essential.

All of the above. Student will work with my manuscript and will also research location of images and place orders.

Qualifications: Reading ability in French not required.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs