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William Edmiston

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
University of South Carolina

Office: Retired

Dr. Edmiston is a specialist in eighteenth-century French literature. His first book was a study of Diderot and the Family (Stanford French and Italian Studies, Anma Libri, 1985). In subsequent years he worked on structuralist narratology, and in 1991 he published Hindsight and Insight: Focalization in Four Eighteenth-Century French Novels (Penn State Press). In 1991 he received a grant to attend a seminar at the Folger Institute entitled "Sexuality, the Family, and Republican Politics in Late Eighteenth-Century France," and since that time his work has focused on issues of gender and sexuality in French novels of the late eighteenth century. Dr. Edmiston also regularly teaches a 500-level course on contemporary France, which is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. In 1993 he co-authored a textbook for this course (La France contemporaine, Heinle, 3rd edition 2005). In 1995 he received a grant from the French Cultural Services to produce a series of videotapes for a distance education course on contemporary French culture.