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Tracy Rutler

Tracy Rutler

Assistant Professor of French and Women's Studies

Fields: Early modern French and Francophone literature, gender studies, queer studies, disability studies, utopian fiction and domesticity


  1. B.A., University of Kansas
  2. M.A., University of Kansas
  3. Ph.D., University of Minnesota


Tracy Rutler specializes in early modern French and Francophone literature. Prior to coming to Penn State, she held a Visiting position at Dartmouth College, where she taught courses in liberal arts and comparative literature. Her research focuses on the intersection of psychoanalytic theory, political philosophy, and gender and sexuality studies in early modern fiction. She is currently completing the manuscript for her first book, Queering the Enlightenment: Kinship, Power, and the Literature of Eighteenth-Century France, which analyzes how the heteronormative family's rise to dominance in the eighteenth century is contested within novels through figures such as orphans, bastards, and colonized subjects. The initial research for this project was funded in part by a Fulbright Fellowship in Paris, and has appeared in French Forum. Other teaching and research interests include eighteenth-century theories of materialism and materiality, queer and disability studies, and female authorship.