Professor Hawthorne received her degrees from Oxford University and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the author of Rachilde and French Women's Authorship: From Decadence to Modernism (University of Nebraska Press, 2001)--which received a national award (the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies for 2001 given by the Modern Language Association of America)--along with articles, edited books, and translations. Her most recent publication is Finding the Woman Who Didn't Exist: The Curious Life of Gisèle d'Estoc (University of Nebraska Press, 2013).
Hawthorne’s research centers on nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature, with special emphasis on prose fiction of the « Decadent » period and on women writers. She is interested in how narrative expectations shape the stories we find compelling, and in particular the conventions of life-writing. She is currently engaged in a series of projects related to the work of the Anglo-French writer known as Renée Vivien (Pauline Tarn, 1877-1909).
The lecture is sponsored by Hamilton’s Humanities Forum and is free and open to the public.