Patricia Tilburg

Education

Ph.D., M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. The College of New Jersey

Background

My research and teaching explore questions around gender, culture, and history in modern Europe and especially France from the late 18th century through the mid 20th century. How did late capitalist French society represent and navigate cultural change by reworking traditional tropes of masculinity, femininity, labor taste, craft, and honor? I move between "high" and "low" culture – assessing French history through the lens of avant-garde eccentrics like Satie, Sand, and Baudelaire, as well as through turn-of-the-century popular press, songs, film, and pulp fiction.

My research interests cover three overlapping French historical movements – the fin de siècle, the belle époque, and the après-guerre. I am the author of Colette's Republic: Work, Gender, and Popular Culture in France, 1870-1914 (Berghahn, 2009), which explores Third Republican secular ideology and pedagogy through the work and performance of the writer (and music hall celebrity) Colette. My current research interrogates representations of female Parisian garment workers in popular culture and in social reform and labor activism from the 1880s through World War II.

In addition to my study of modern European culture and society, I am honored to serve as the inaugural chair of Davidson's gender and sexuality studies program. I am also the co-founder and co-organizer of the Charlotte Area French Studies Workshop.

Teaching

I teach courses on modern European culture and society, such as the history of the body, the rise of modern urban and consumer culture, modernism, and gender history. My courses include: 

  • HIS 122 Europe since 1789
  • HIS 228 The Modern Body: Gender, Sex, and Politics in France
  • HIS 328 Bohemian France – Art, Culture, and Society, 1789-1945
  • HIS 332 European Metropolis, 1870-1914
  • HIS 336 European Women and Gender since 1650
  • HIS 424 The French Revolution
  • HIS 427 European Consumer Culture, 1750 to the Present
  • HUM 251 The Western Tradition: The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
  • GSS 101 Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • GSS 201: Feminist and Queer Theories