Campus Box 1077
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
Prof. Stone's current research focuses on interconnections between texts and paintings at Versailles under Louis XIV and also in the Dutch Republic. Examining the court's promotion of the king, the role of art and the artist, and the activities of the middle class, she extends the notion of seventeenth-century culture beyond France's nobility to the French bourgeois and the thriving merchant class in Holland depicted by Vermeer and his contemporaries.
Prof. Stone's courses include seminars on the plays of Corneille, Racine, and Molière as they relate to the court ceremonies staged at Versailles; public and private lives in seventeenth-century fiction and history; Paris in literature, film, and photography; and surveys of French literature. She regularly teaches in the Comparative Literature program, offering courses on literature and ethics, the city, and also The Birth of Venus, a course for freshmen and sophomores on Renaissance Italy co-taught with Prof. William Wallace of Art History. Prof. Stone serves as Director of the Master of Liberal Arts program at University College, for which she also teaches regularly.