Elizabeth Della Zazzera
Assistant Professor in Residence
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Head of Communications, University of Connecticut Humanities Institute
Areas of Specialty
Modern French history, with an emphasis on revolutionary and post-revolutionary Paris and the history of texts, ideas, and cultural movements.
Current Research Interests
Elizabeth’s current book project is tentatively titled The First Modern Culture War: Romantics, Classicists, and the Battle for Restoration France. It traces the bataille romantique—the conflict between romantics and classicists—through the press, literary societies, and the theater, demonstrating how a seemingly literary conflict took on significant political salience in an era of political censorship. She is also working on a project about the relationship between new urban technologies and ideas in pre-Haussmann Paris, and one about the cultural origins of the French invasion of Algiers.
Elizabeth received her Ph.D. in 2016 from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the University of Connecticut, she was an ACLS/Mellon Public Fellow at the magazine of history and ideas Lapham’s Quarterly and Margaret and Wallace McCain Postdoctoral Fellow at Mount Allison University. Her article “Translating Revolutionary Time: French Republican Almanacs in France and the United States” received the 2015 Book History Essay Prize. Her research has been supported by several fellowships, including a Doris G. Quinn Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship and a Chateaubriand Fellowship.
She also serves as Head of Communications for the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute.
“Translating Revolutionary Time: French Republican Almanacs in the United States.” Book History 18 (2015): 75–102
“The Power of Flawed Lists: How the Bookman Invented the Best Seller.” Roundtable, Lapham’s Quarterly, July 27, 2020.
“The Weather Record: Weather Collectors and Prognosticators.” Roundtable, Lapham’s Quarterly, September 19, 2019.
“The Geography of the Odyssey: Or, How to Map a Myth.” Roundtable, Lapham’s Quarterly, February 27, 2019.
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