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A Bit Lit with Andy Kesson and Dustin Friedman

Pandemonium U with Pamela Druckerman

Rachel Mesch in conversation with Jack Halberstam

Before Trans on New Books in French Studies

Before Trans on The French History Podcast

Before Trans on NCFS in Captivity

Before Trans on the Tel Aviv Review

Having It All in the Belle Epoque on New Books in French Studies




Plus ça change: delightful tidbits from early French magazines

Wonders & Marvels


Having it All. In France. 100 Years Ago.

The Lovely Lady Athletes of Belle Epoque France


Les femmes des années (18)80 savaient déjà allier féminisme et féminité

Stanford University Press Blog:

Behind the Scenes at Gender Stories: Q & A with Rachel Mesch

The “F” Word: New (and Old) Media Feminism

The Happy (Intellectual) Housewife

LA Review of Books:

The Nonbinary Nineteenth Century

Personal Writing:

Tablet Magazine, “A Seder of My Own

Lilith, “First Grade, Second Language

Selected scholarly writings:

Incipit: Reflections on Gender Studies in our Field, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Spring-Summer 2020.

O My Hero! O My Comrade in Arms! O My Fiancée! Gender Crossing and Republican Values in Jane Dieulafoy’s Fictions.PMLA March 2017.

“Understanding the Tinayre Affair: New Media, New Methods for the Belle Epoque,” in French Cultural Studies for the Twenty-First Century, edited by Masha Belenky, Kathryn Kleppinger, and Anne O’Neill-Henry.

A Belle Epoque Media Storm: Gender, Celebrity, and the Marcelle Tinayre Affair,” French Historical Studies, 35:1.

“A New Man for the New Woman: Men, Marriage, and Feminism in the Belle Epoque.” Historical Reflections/ Réflexions historiques, Winter 2012.

“Housewife or Harlot? Sex and the Married Woman in Nineteenth-Century France.” Journal of the History of Sexuality, January 2008.

“Did Women Have an Enlightenment? Graffigny’s Zilia as Female Philosophe.” The Romanic Review, January 1998.