Biliana focuses on French literature and history of the 18th and 19th centuries. Her dissertation, entitled The Tribune and the People: Revolutionary leadership in 19th century France, addresses the question of how French practitioners and theorists of revolution of the 19th century have struggled to define the relationship between popular sovereignty and representative leadership. Biliana is the graduate student coordinator for the French Culture Workshop and the web manager of CMEMS. She is also part of the Mapping of the Republic of Letters, a collaborative digital humanities project.
Major literary genres, and social and cultural contexts. Focus is on the emergence of new literary forms such as surréalisme, nouveau roman, and nouveau théâtre. Topics of colonization, decolonization, and feminism. Readings include Balzac, Baudelaire, Césaire, Colette, and Ionesco. Prerequisite: FRENLANG 124 or consent of instructor. Taught in French.