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Anne Sieffert

Visiting Lecturer


Anne-Caroline Sieffert is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell. She received her PhD from Brown University in 2016, after a Masters in French (Syracuse University, 2009), and one in History (Université de Strasbourg, 2007). Her dissertation, “The Good Woman Abroad: Female Travel Writing and Citizenhood. (1860-1910)” analyzes travel literature as a mode of insertion in public discourse for women. Her work traces various themes (voting rights, families, education, history, racial categories, the history of photography…) and genres (photography, poetry, fiction, travel journals…) in travel literature, through four female authors, to highlight how categories of race, gender, religion, and citizenship are created, or interpreted during the Third Republic. Her main research interests include therefore the history of the Third Republic, travel writing, the long history of photography (an interest that includes a collection of Kodak cameras from the 1880s to the 1980s), gender and racial theories in colonial France, questions of citizenhood, orientalism in France, as well as the history of the press in the Third Republic. As a a result of her role as co-curator of the online archive “Paris, Capital of the Nineteenth Century,” hosted by Brown University, she is also interested in post-colonial and nineteenth immigration to Paris, medical knowledge in the city in the nineteenth century, and works (visual or written) describing quotidian life in the capital.

Her teaching interests include her research, but also early French film from the nineteenth century to the 1950s, and the questions of identity and memory in francophone and French literature.

Her publication-in-process include an article on cannibalism and language in Jean de Léry and Olympe Audouard’s travel journals, “The Cannibal and the Traveler: History, Language, and Human Nature in Léry and Audouard;” and one on gender and race in travel writing, “From Spouses to Citizens: Women’s Bodies and Whiteness in Travel Journals.”

Dr Sieffert’s complete CV can be found at


  • Romance Studies



  • Morand, Paul.” The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Routledge, forthcoming 2016
  • “Paris and its province.” Paris, Capital of the Nineteenth Century. Center for Digital Studies, 2013. Web.
  • “L’espace a-t-il un genre? L’Amérique urbaine dans le récit de voyage d’une française.” Equinoxes, an e-Journal. 11 (Fall 2008). Web.
  • “Thérèse Bentzon, Itinéraires d’une française aux Etats-Unis (1840-1907) in Bourguinat, Nicolas (ed.). Le voyage au féminin (18e-20e siècle). Perspectives historiques et littéraires. Strasbourg: Presses Universitaires, 2008. Print.