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Ryan Pilcher is a doctoral student in French and Francophone Studies, specializing in French literature of the nineteenth century and pursuing a dual-title Ph.D. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies. His research focuses on sentimentalism as a mode of writing that traverses cultural arenas, including literature, science, politics, and philosophy. Drawing on contemporary affect studies and Black studies, his dissertation project argues that sentimentalism deploys feelings to facilitate the construction of racial categories. His work has appeared in the journal George Sand Studies and has been presented at national meetings of the Modern Language Association, the Popular Culture Association, and the Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association. As an instructor, Ryan has taught French language and culture classes from the first-year to the third-year levels, earning the Denise Haunani Solomon Outstanding Teaching Award for Graduate Students from the College of Liberal Arts in 2020. He has served as an assistant coordinator for the French basic language program (FR2 and FR3), as well as coordinator of French courses for the Summer Intensive Language Institute. In the academic year 2016—2017, he participated in the department’s teaching exchange with l’Université de Strasbourg where he taught English language classes to first- and second-year students.
'Ébranler . . . les cœurs' : politique de la désorientation dans Indiana. Feelings, Sensations, Perception: On Emotion in the Writings of George Sand and Women Writers of Her Time, special issue of George Sand Studies, vols. 37—38 (2018—2019).