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Helene Huet


  1. B.A. Université Lille 3, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
  2. M.A. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA


Hélène is a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) currently completing her dissertation entitled: "Le livre décadent : éditer, illustrer, lire" ("The Decadent Book: Publishing, Illustrating, and Reading"). This project seeks to better understand the Decadent Movement, a late nineteenth-century French literary and aesthetic movement that found its artistic inspiration in notions of social and political decay. It seeks to redefine the movement using the lens of history of the book and history of publishing. Her research interests include Decadent literature, the history of the book and publishing, digital humanities, data curation, the history of cosmetics, bibliophilia, and "livres de collection." She has taught a wide-range of courses. These include elementary French (FR001 to FR003), Gen Ed classes, and 300 level courses such as Introduction to Linguistics and French Culture and Civilization (1789 to 1939). She has worked as a coordinator for elementary French and summer classes. She has presented at national conferences such as Nineteenth-Century French Studies (NCFS) and the Western Society for French History (WSFH). As part of her research, she is currently working on a digital mapping project (“Mapping Decadence”). This project analyzes the role of location in shaping relationships between writers and publishers and uses the digital tool ArcGIS. Since August 2013, she has been working as a graduate assistant in the Publishing and Curation Services Department at the Penn State Library (http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/pubcur.html).