Pauline de Tholozany

PAULINE DE THOLOZANY is an Associate Professor in the Languages Department at Clemson University.

She specializes in 19th-century French Literature and culture. Her first book, L’école de la maladresse (Paris: Honoré Champion, 2017), is a history of clumsiness in the 18th and 19th centuries. It seeks to understand why clumsiness came to be viewed as a sign of sincerity and/or originality in the 19th century.

Dr. de Tholozany also works on 19th-century transatlantic writers (Flora Tristan, José Maria de Heredia) and on the links between their French texts and their Hispanic backgrounds. She has published articles in various journals such as INTI19th-Century French StudiesDix-NeufEsprit Créateur and Nineteenth-Century Contexts.

She is now working on a book-length project on the history of impatience, in which she argues that the 19th century both valorized impatience (provided it was white, male, and productive) and durably demeaned it: medical descriptions of “agitation” transferred the normative religious discourse about patience (a Christian virtue) into a pathologizing rendering of impatience.