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Heidi Bostic

Department Chair and Professor of French

Director of Interdisciplinary Programs, College of Arts and Sciences

One Bear Place #97391
Waco, TX 76798-7391
Office: Old Main 275.02
Telephone: (254) 710-4284
Fax: (254) 710-3799

Fall 2015 Office Hours: Mondays 10:00-11:00 and Wednesdays 1:15-2:00 and by appointment.

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Ph.D., Purdue University

D.E.A., École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

M.A., Purdue University

B.A., University of Nebraska at Omaha


Eighteenth-century French literature and culture, women writers, contemporary French thought, the work of Luce Irigaray, narrative studies, collaboration across the sciences and humanities


Intermediate French, French Literature, Business French, Topics in Francophone Cultures, The Individual and Society, Technology in Literature and Film, French Women Writers, French for Reading, French Composition and Conversation, French Language and Culture


Texas Foreign Language Association Higher Education Administrator of the Year Award, 2015

Baylor Faculty Fellow, 2012-13

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Theodore E.D. Braun Research Travel Award, 2007

Fulbright Scholar Award for Lecturing and Research, Universidad de Talca, Chile, 2004

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies National Teaching Competition Award, 2001


Single-Authored Book

The Fiction of Enlightenment: Women of Reason in the French Eighteenth Century. Newark: The University of Delaware Press, 2010.

Reviewed in:

H-France Review 11.94 (Society for French Historical Studies)

The French Review 85.1 (2011): 165-66.

French Studies 65.4 (2011): 532-33.

Women in French Studies 19 (2011): 133-34.

XVIII: New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century 9.1 (2012): 125-27.

Guest-Edited Journal Issue

"The Recent Work of Luce Irigaray," L'Esprit createur 52.3 (September 2012).

Book Translations

Jacques Fontanille, Sémiotique du discours, 2nd ed. Limoges, France: Presses Universitaires de Limoges, 2003, as The Semiotics of Discourse, series Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics. New York: Peter Lang, 2006.

Luce Irigaray, La voie de l’amour as The Way of Love (with Stephen Pluháček). London: Continuum, 2002.

Journal Articles

"Friendship, Faineantise, and Fraternal Correction in Graffigny's Letters to Devaux 1752-53," Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 26.3 (2014): 355-74.

"Literary Women, Reason, and the Fiction of Enlightenment," The French Review 85.6 (2012): 1024-38.

"The Difference She Makes: Staging Gender Identity in Graffigny's Phaza," Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 29.2 (2010): 291-309.

"Between Truth and Fiction: Telling the Stories of Eighteenth-Century Women," Cahiers Isabelle de Charrière/Belle de Zuylen Papers 4 (2009): 45-65.

"Sexual Education as Enlightenment in Riccoboni’s Lettres de Mistriss Fanni Butlerd a Mylord Charles Alfred and Histoire du Marquis de Cressy" Women in French Studies 12 (2004): 32-44.

"'Que faire pour être raisonnable?' La Réunion du bon sens et de l'esprit de Françoise de Graffigny," SVEC: Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century 12 (2004): 337-44.

"Reading in Translation: Luce Irigaray's The Way of Love," Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy 49 (2003): 44-64.

"The Light of Reason in Graffigny's Lettres d'une Péruvienne," Dalhousie French Studies 63 (2003): 3-11.

"Luce Irigaray and Love," Cultural Studies 16.5 (2002): 603-10.

"Reading and Rethinking the Subject in Luce Irigaray's Recent Work," Paragraph: A Journal of Modern Critical Theory 25.3 (2002): 22-31.

Book Chapters

"Chairing Stories" in Academic Leadership in Higher Education: From the Top Down and the Bottom Up. Ed. Robert J. Sternberg, Elizabeth Davis, April Mason, Robert V. Smith, Jeffrey S. Vitter, and Michele Wheatly. Lanham, MD: Rowman-Littlefield, 2015.

"Thinking Life as Relation: An Interview with Luce Irigaray" (with Stephen Pluháček) in Conversations, ed. Luce Irigaray. London: Continuum, 2008. 1-19.

"From Convention to Performance: The Woman of Reason in Letters of Mistress Henley Published by her Friend" in Belle van Zuylen / Isabelle de Charrière: Education, création, réception, ed. Suzan van Dijk et al. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2006. 175-86.

Article Translations

Luce Irigaray, "La démocratie ne peut se passer d’une culture de la différence," Illusio 4 (2007): 9-20 as "Democracy Needs a Culture of Difference" (with Stephen Pluháček) in Eco-Critical Theory: New European Approaches, University of Virginia Press, 2011. 194-205.

Luce Irigaray, "D'anciennes et de nouvelles tables" as "On Old and New Tablets" in Religion in French Feminist Thought, ed. Morny Joy, Kathleen O'Grady and Judith Poxon. London: Routledge, 2003. 1-9. Reprinted as "Fulfilling Our Humanity" in Luce Irigaray, Key Writings. London: Continuum, 2004. 186-94.