Dena Goodman is Lila Miller Collegiate Professor of History and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan and co-director of The Encyclopedia of Diderot and D'Alembert Collaborative Translation Project, a digital humanities project housed at the University of Michigan. Her research centers on the cultural history of early modern France, with particular interests in the Enlightenment, women and gender, material culture, writing, and sociability. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Camargo Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Voltaire Foundation. Her publications include The Republic of Letters: A Cultural History of the French Enlightenment (1994) and Becoming a Woman in the Age of Letters (2009). She has also edited or co-edited several volumes, including Going Public: Women and Publishing in Early Modern France (1995), Marie-Antoinette: Writings on the Body of the Queen (2003) and Furnishing the Eighteenth Century: What Furniture Can Tell Us about the European and American Past (2006). She is currently engaged in a family history during the era of the French Revolution which explores Enlightenment legacies in a variety of domains, including science and technology, intellectual sociability, and state service. In 2016-17 she will serve as president of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
Becoming a Woman in the Age of Letters. Cornell University Press, 2009
The Republic of Letters: A Cultural History of the French Enlightenment. Cornell University Press, 1994.
Furnishing the Eighteenth Century: What Furniture Can Tell Us about the European and American Past. Edited with Kathryn Norberg. Routledge, 2007.
Marie Antoinette: Writings on the Body of a Queen. Routledge, 2003.
Criticism in Action: Enlightenment Experiments in Political Writing. Cornell University Press, 1989.
Going Public: Women and Publishing in Early Modern France. Edited with Elizabeth C. Goldsmith. Cornell University Press, 1995.
- Women's Studies
- Romance Languages and Literatures (French)
- Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History
Field(s) of Study
- Early modern France
- Cultural and Intellectual
- Women and Gender