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Scholarly Interest Report
         
Deborah Harter
Associate Professor
 
e-mail:harter@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. (1973) University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A. (1980) University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D. (1989) University of California, Berkeley
 
Primary Department
   Department of Classical and European Studies
   Department of French Studies
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Department of Art History
  • Humanities Research Center
  • Shell Center for Sustainability
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    Research Areas
     Contemporary Literary Theory, Modern French and European Fiction, Literature and Philosophy, Representations of Excess in Fiction and the Visual Arts, Narrative and Ethics
     
    Teaching Areas
     19th-Century French Literature, Literature and Psychoanalysis, Modern American and European Short Fiction, Humanities Foundations
     
    Selected Publications
     Articles
     

    "Four-Fold Friends." The Magazine of Rice University (Essay in the Section entitled Parting Words), Spring 2013.

     
     

    Harter, Deborah.  “Silenced by the City: Maupassant’s Flâneur and Uneasy Dreams.”  In Narrative Ironies, eds. Clayton Koelb and Raymond Prier (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1997).

     

     
     

    Harter, Deborah A.  “Divided Selves, Ironic Counterparts: Intertextual Doubling in Baudelaire’s ‘L’Héautontimorouménos’ and Poe’s ‘The Haunted Palace,’” Comparative Literature Studies 26 (1989): 28-38.

     
     

    Harter, Deborah A.  “From Represented to Literal Space: Fantastic Narrative and the Body in Pieces,” L’Esprit créateur 28 (1988): 23-35.

     

     
     

    Harter, Deborah A.  “The Artist on Trial: Kafka and Josefine, ‘die Sängerin,” Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte 61 (1987): 3-14.

     
     Books
     

    Bodies in Pieces: Fantastic Narrative and the Poetics of the Fragment.  Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996.

     
     Book chapters
     

    Harter, Deborah. "Balancing Acts: French Studies in the Graduate and Undergraduate Classroom." Modern French Literary Studies in the Classroom: Pedagogical Strategies, ed. Charles J. Stivale (2004) : 198-207.

     
     

    Harter, Deborah A.  “Medievalism in Flaubert.”  In A Gustave Flaubert Encyclopedia, ed. Laurence M. Porter (London: Greenwood Press, 2001).

     

     
     

    Harter, Deborah A.  “Baudelaire and the Poetics of Perversity.”  In Approaches to Teaching Baudelaire’s Fleurs du Mal,” ed. Laurence Porter (N.Y.: The Modern Language Association of America, 1999): 922-24.

     

     
     

    Harter, Deborah A.  “Baudelaire and the Poetics of Perversity.”  In Approaches to Teaching Baudelaire’s Fleurs du Mal,” ed. Laurence Porter (N.Y.: The Modern Language Association of America, 1999): 922-24.

     

     
     

    Harter, Deborah A.  “Baudelaire and the Poetics of Perversity.”  In Approaches to Teaching Baudelaire’s Fleurs du Mal,” ed. Laurence Porter (N.Y.: The Modern Language Association of America, 1999): 922-24.

     

     
     Book reviews
     

    Harter, Deborah A. Barbara Maria Stafford's Artful Science: Enlightenment Entertainment and the Eclipse of Visual Education (MIT Press, 1994), Journal of Modern History 71, no. 4 (1999): 922-24.

     

     
     

    Harter, Deborah A.  J. Hillis Miller's Versions of Pygmalion (Harvard UP, 1990), Comparative Literature Studies 29 (1992): 112-116. 

     

     
    Creative Works
     Other - "Initiative for Dynamic Exchange Among the Arts and Sciences" (IDEAS)
     Proposal funded by Scientia for workshops bringing together faculty from across the campus. For Spring 2012: "Hierarchies of Knowledge.” Participants: Killian, Klein, Steve Cox, Brandt, Ostherr, Raphael, Casbarian, Brennan, Gustin, Harter, Rice University (Fall 2011)
     
    Presentations
     Invited Papers
     

    "Art, Excess, and Insufficiency: Dreams of Perfection in Balzac and Flaubert." 19th-Century French Studies Colloquium, University of North Carolina, Oct. 13, 2012.

     
     

    "Artistic Failure and the Poetic: Baudelaire's 'Recueillement.'" 19-th Century French Studies Colloquium, University of Richmond, Oct. 25, 2013.

     
     

    “Disorderly Portraits: Art, Excess, and the Poetics of Failure.”  Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, University of Pennsylvania, October 28, 2011.

     
     

    "Dead Bodies and Narrative Invention: Garcia-Marquez' 'Handsomest Drowned Man'." International Conference on Narrative, University of Vermont. (April 24, 2004)

     
     

    "Shapes of Knowledge: Moral Understanding in Fiction and Philosophy." Southwestern Philosophical Society, New Orleans. (November 12, 2004)

     
     

    "Hazards of the Frame: Narrative Portraits in Melville, Balzac, and Flaubert." International Conference on Narrative, University of California, Berkeley. (March 28, 2003)

     
     

    "Psychic Spaces in Rachilde's "La Tour d'Amour"." Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, University of Arizona. (October 23, 2003)

     
     Invited Talks
     

    "Beyond Representation: Portraits of Excess from Hamlet to Hannibal Lektor." Sptlight on Rice University's Humanities Research Center, Continuing Studies, Rice University, November 6, 2013.

     
     

    "Adulterous Wives, Handsome Drowned Men, and the Art of Fiction." Families Weekend, Rice University, Sept. 21, 2012.

     
     

    "Moliere, Tartuffe, and the King: Reflections on a 17th Century Master." Introductory Comments at the Opening Reception for the Performance of Tartuffe at Rice. Nov. 9, 2012.

     
     

    “Creative Impossibilities in Fiction and Film,” Families Weekend, Rice University, October 21, 2011.

     
     

    “Goya, Flaubert, Carver: Fiction and Failure.”  Alumni College, Rice University, November 4, 2011.

     
     

    ”Art and the Poetics of Failure: The Truth About Fiction.”  Scientia, Rice University, January 25, 2011.

     

     
     

    "Towards an Ethics of Fiction." St. John's School, Lecture series on Ethics, Houston. (March 24, 2004)

     
     

    "Seductive Crimes: From Gericault to Silence of the Lambs." Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, The Ohio State University. (October 24, 2002)

     
     

    "The Ethics of Fiction." Rice Alumni College: A Day with Rice in Austin, Austin, Texas. (February 23, 2002)

     
     Lectures
     

    “Handsome Drowned Men and the Art of Close Reading.”  Lecture on behalf of Rice’s Civic Humanist Program, Center for the Study of Cultures, Reagan High School, Houston, October 11, 2011.

     
     Other
     

    "Kant's Notion of Moral Action." Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Ramsey I Correctional Facility. (April 2003)

     
     

    "Balzac and the Aesthetics of Perfection." International Conference on Narrative, Rice University. (March 9, 2001)

     
     

    "Literary Impressions: From the Romantic to the Decadent in the Nineteenth Century." Houston Museum of Fine Arts, on the occasion of its 2001 Special Exhibit: The Impressionists, (March 26, 2001)

     
     

    "Death and Happiness: Tocqueville's 'What Do Americans Want?'." Great Books Foundation Panel, Rice University. (October 11, 2000)

     
     

    "Excess and the Fragmentary in Narrative: Balzac, Dickens, Maupassant." Alumni Association, University of California at Berkeley, Houston Chapter, Houston, TX. (May 6, 2000)

     
     

    "Portraits Within Portraits: Balzac's 'Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu'." Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, University of Illinois at Urbana. (October 22, 2000)

     
     

    "Uncanny Fictions: Edgar Allan Poe and the Return of the Repressed." Alumni College, Rice University. (March 18, 2000)

     
     

    "Pedagogy at the Crossroads: Selecting Texts and Negotiating Levels in the Graduate and the Undergraduate Classroom." Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, University of Western Ontario. (October 23, 1999)

     
     

    "The Monomaniacs of Gericault and Melville: Representation as Triumph and as Failure." The Year's Best: 1999 Rice University Teaching Award Winners, Continuing Studies, Rice University. (November 16, 1999)

     
     

    "Framing Madness: Gericault's Portraits of the Insane and Melville's 'Bartleby the Scrivener'." Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, Pennsylvania State University. (October 25, 1998)

     
     

    "Madness and the Body in Nineteenth-Century Fiction." Alumni College, Rice University. (March 28, 1998)

     
     Panelist
     

    Chair and Organizer of panel for the Division on 19th-Century French Studies.  "Geriatric Sex and 19th-Century French Fiction." MLA, Philadelphia. (December 27, 2004)

     
    Editorial Positions
     Other, PMLA. Modern Language Association. (2003 - 2003)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Jacob Speaks, Ph.D. in English From Modernism to Postcolonialism and Beyond. (2002) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Melissa Bailar, Ph.D. in French Studies Women and the Gaze in 19th- and 20th-Century French Film and Fiction. (2002) (Thesis Director)

     Christopher Gerrick, Master of Architecture Fear of the In-Between: Interstitial Space in Poe's 'William Wilson'. (2002) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Jacob Speaks, Ph.D. in English From Modernism to Postcolonialism and Beyond. (2003) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Melissa Bailar, Ph.D. in French Studies Women and the Gaze in 19th- and 20th-Century French Film and Fiction. (2003) (Thesis Director)

     Christopher Gerrick, Master of Architecture Fear of the In-Between: Interstitial Space in Poe's "William Wilson". (2003) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Lisa Blomquist, Ph.D. “Rehabilitating the Witch: Literary Representations from the Malleus Maleficarum to Les Enfants du sabbat” . (2011) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Timothy Chryssikos, Ph.D. in Anthropology “Structures of Exchange and Obligation in the Human Sciences through a Study of Rice University’s BRC”. (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Molly Slattery, Ph.D. in English “The (Auto) Poetics of the American Modern”. (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Christopher Tanguay, Ph.D. "Bio-Technological Imaginings: The Body as Seen Through the Works of Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, Jacques Spitz, and Michel Houellebecq” . (2013) (Thesis Director)

      Craig Haupschildt , Ph.D. in Music "Percussionist working on musical compositions larger than quartets but smaller than symphonies". (Thesis Committee Member)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Finalist, George R. Brown Prize for Superior Teaching, Rice

     Civic Humanist for the Humanities Research Center,

     George R. Brown Prize for Superior Teaching, Rice University (April 2011)

     Award for Extraordinary Service to the Rice Faculty Senate, Rice Faculty Senate (April 2009)

     Impact Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women at Rice, Women's Resource Center, Rice University (March 2008)

     Faculty Mentor of the Year, Rice University Student Association (April 2008)

     Award for Extraordinary Service to the Rice Faculty Senate, Rice Faculty Senate (April 2007)

     Award for Extraordinary Service to the Rice Faculty Senate, Rice Faculty Senate (April 2006)

     HRC Factulty Research Fellowship, Humanities Research Center, Rice University (Fall 2004)

     CASE finalist for Oustanding United States University Professor, Carnegie Foundation (May 2003)

     Elected as Divisional Representative to the MLA Delegate Assembly, Executive Committee of the Division on 19th-Century French Literature (12/29/02)

     Nominated for the Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor in the Humanities Endowed Chair, Case Western University (2001)

     Panel Moderator, "Modernist Polemic, Obscenity, and Censorship", Modernist Studies Association Conference (Oct. 13, 2001)

     Elected to the National Executive Committee of the Division on Nineteenth-Century French Literature (five-year term), Modern Language Association of America

     Advisory Board, International Conference on Narrative (Spring 2001)

     Member, International Association of Philosophy and Literature

     Member, American Comparative Literature Association

     Member, Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association

     Outside Reviewer: Department of Romance Languages, Michigan State University (February 27-29, 2000)

     Member, Modern Languages Association

     George R. Brown Prize for Superior Teaching, Rice University (1999)

     Member, Modern Language Association (1999)

     Member, American Comparative Literature Association (1999)

     Member, Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association (1999)