Who are you? and why are you reading this?


I have noticed a lot of you are “following” this site all of a sudden: 919 at last count.

(editor’s note of 8/7/14: I will update this figure regularly to track the growing population of readers. The number was 235 when I originally wrote this article.) I’ll add new book reviews as they come to my attention as well; three more have emerged via internet searches since early August 2014.

I am curious.

Who you are?


Why does this interest you?

Maybe it’s the pictures, the style stuff?

Or are you a hard-core history buff?

Maybe it’s the cool music…

Some of you are Haitians, right? Maybe you know my friend Père Fritz Louis? (bonjour!)

Is there a class at an Australian university following this website?

You can stop reading here, if you’re tired.

Since you’re still reading, I figured I might as well say hello and assume you’re really interested. And take the opportunity to do a bit of flagrant self-promotion and tell you what has just been published by yours truly. After much toil and heartache it is a joy to see this stuff finally get into print.

Book Chapters

“Martyrdom, Terrorism, and the Rhetoric of Sacrifice: The Cases of Marat, Robespierre, and Loiserolles,” in Terrorism, Martyrdom, and Religion: European Perspectives, ed. Dominic Janes and Alex Houen. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014, 109-130.

“Les martyres de Marat et de Sebastião: Une légende révolutionnaire mise à jour,” in La Révolution française et le monde d’aujourd’hui. Mythologies contemporaines, ed. Martial Poirson. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2014, 451-63.

Book Reviews

“On Being Revolutionary,” review essay of Marisa Linton, Choosing Terror; Sanja Perovic, The Calendar in Revolutionary France; and Richard Taws, The Politics of the Provisional. In Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 47, no. 4 (Summer 2014): 435-438. All three are excellent books.

Chapter in progress

“Teaching Les Misérables and the French Revolution, or How to Keep the ‘Unfamiliar Light’ Aflame,” essay under way for MLA book, Approaches to Teaching Hugo’s ‘Les Misérables‘, ed. Michal Ginsburg and Bradley Stephens.

Edited books in progress

Art in the Service of Humanity: Rousseau and DIGNITY. Volume under review at University of Notre Dame Press (1/17/14). With 42 contributors, age 7 to 92, and including some big and up-and-coming names in Rousseau studies, and the photographs of the Amnesty International DIGNITY exhibit! Making progress towards production.

Teaching Representations of the French Revolution. Volume to be published in the MLA “Options for Teaching” series. Lead editor with the wonderful Catriona Seth (Université de Lorraine) and Antoinette Sol (University of Texas at Arlington). In progress and with great contributors!

Other work: articles, one that has already been rejected twice. But I remain ever hopeful, like a loyal dog, and keep revising until they arrive somewhere.

Book Review in progress: Jonathan Israel, Revolutionary Ideas : An Intellectual History of the French Revolution, for The Review of Politics. More on that in the fall.

Also of note:


Katarzyna Bartoszyńska, in Modern Philology (2014): E001-E004.
Mary McAlpin, in XVIII: New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century Vol. 11, no. 1 (Spring 2014): 93.
Michael Wiley, in Wordsworth Circle, Vol. 44, no. 4 (Autumn 2013):193.

Jean-Clément Martin, in Annales Historiques de la Révolution française, 376 (2014): 224-25.

Laura Mason, in the American Historical Review 118, 5 (December 2013): 1612-1613.

Jean-Louis Trudel, in ReS Futurae 3 (2013) http://resf.revues.org/419

Sanja Perovic, in French Studies 67, 4 (October 2013): 565-566.

Nanette LeCoat, on H-France Review Vol. 13 (July 2013), No. 103

James P. Gilroy, in Histoire sociale/Social history 46, Number 91 (May 2013): 231-233.

Kelsey Rubin-Detlev, in Journal of European Studies 43 (June 2013): 175-77.

David Coward, in The Times Literary Supplement (London) (May 10, 2013).

Daniel Sullivan, in The Ernest Becker Foundation Newsletter 20, 1 (March 2013): 2.

Allan Pasco, in Choice (February 2013)

(Thank you, reviewers!)

Thank you too, readers.

see you around.

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