Tili Boon Cuillé
Campus Box 1077
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
Tili Boon Cuillé earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania. She is co-convener of the Eighteenth-Century Interdisciplinary Salon, former Faculty Fellow for William Greenleaf Eliot Residential College, and previously served on the MLA Division Executive Committee for Eighteenth-Century French Literature. Her area of specialization is eighteenth-century French literature and aesthetics, particularly the debates about the musical, visual, and performing arts. She has taught graduate and undergraduate seminars entitled "Enlightened Utopias: Between Fact and Fiction," "The Science of Sensibility," "Pedestrian Paris," "Philosophical Fictions," "Enlightenment Energy: Comedy, Eroticism and the Grotesque," "Art, Revolution, and Society," "Women of Letters," and "Voices of Dissent: Enlightenment Principle and Social Protest." She also teaches courses on Opera Studies for the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities.
Professor Cuillé is the author of Narrative Interludes: Musical Tableaux in Eighteenth-Century French Texts (Toronto, 2006). She has also written several articles on literature, art, and music, including “The Spectacle of Nature in Paul et Virginie: Natural History, Opera, and the Novel” for a special issue on literature and opera in the journal Forum for Modern Language Studies (2012), "Marvelous Machines: Revitalizing Enlightenment Opera" for a special issue on music and machines in the journal Opera Quarterly (2011), "From Myth to Religion in Ossian's France" for the volume The Super-Enlightenment: Daring to Know Too Much (SVEC, 2010), "From the Comédie-Française to the Opéra: Figaro at the Crossroads" for the volume Operatic Migrations: Transforming Works and Crossing Boundaries (Ashgate, 2006), "Revoicing Rousseau: Staël’s Corinne and the Song of the South" for the volume Phrase and Subject: Studies in Music and Literature (Legenda, 2006), and "La Vraisemblance du merveilleux: Operatic Aesthetics in Cazotte’s Fantastic Fiction" for the journal Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture (2005). She and Karyna Szmurlo organized and hosted the International Staël Symposium that took place at Washington University in May 2009. Their co-edited volume entitled Staël’s Philosophy of the Passions: Sensibility, Society, and the Sister Arts appeared in the Transits Series from Bucknell University Press in 2013. She is currently working on a book-length project entitled Divining Nature: French Ventures in Fiction, Imagery, and Stagecraft and will spend spring 2014, dedicated to the study of affect, as a Faculty Fellow at the Center for the Humanities.