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Sarah Beytelmann

Graduate Student Organizer

Sarah, currently, studies early-modern French literature. Her dissertation, Insults and Discourses of Truth in Late 17th-Century France, looks at the way in which early-modern subjects used insults to convey ideas of a “repressed” truth in the context of the seventeenth-century fin de siècle, where subjects increasingly saw social norms centered on politeness and civility as oppressive. By examining different genres of texts – from private letters, to erudite polemics, dictionaries, and theater – She analyzes this rhetoric and the polemic relationship it entails vis-à-vis discourses of power, norms, and reason.

At Princeton, Sarah has taught French at the undergraduate level, from Introduction to French to Introduction to French Literature. She also organized a graduate conference in 2014 on “early modern private languages.” Before coming to Princeton, Sarah completed BA and MA degrees in literature and linguistics at the Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III; and spent two years at Rutgers, where she taught classes on French language and culture.