Paul J Young


Associate Professor


Department of French
General profile





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A native Californian, Professor Young has studied at the State University of New York at Binghamton, The American University in Paris, and he received his doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley, where he wrote a dissertation entitled "Reading, Writing, and Seduction: Eighteenth-Century Dangerous Practices". Professor Young's scholarly interests include visual arts, spaces, and architecture in eighteenth-century French culture and literture, early modern visual culture, film, early-modern women writers, and the Italian detective novel.

Professor Young has published articles on the eighteenth-century French libertine novel, the trope of seduction in eighteenth-century-French literature, eighteenth-century French architecture, and eighteenth-century-French women writers. He is writing a book on four women writers from eighteenth-century France.

Professor Young has also worked as a translator and interpreter. He has worked as an interpreter in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area with writers such as Delphine de Vigan ("No et moi"), and Palme d'Or-winning directors such as Claude Lelouch ("Un homme et une femme"), and Laurent Cantet ("Entre les murs" / "The Class").


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  • French (speak, read, write)
  • Italian (speak, read, write)