Tili Boon Cuille

Tili Boon Cuillé

​Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature
Director of Undergraduate Studies in Comparative Arts
Core faculty in the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities
Affiliate faculty in Performing Arts and Film and Media Studies
PhD, University of Pennsylvania
research interests:
  • 18th-Century French Literature, Philosophy, and Aesthetics
  • Opera Studies
  • History of Science
  • History of Emotion
  • Material Culture
  • Book Illustration
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  • Competitive fellowship leave (NEH)
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  • Washington University
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  • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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Tili Boon Cuillé's teaching and research focus on eighteenth-century French literature, philosophy, and aesthetics, particularly the debates about the musical, visual, and performing arts.

Tili Boon Cuillé is the author of Narrative Interludes: Musical Tableaux in Eighteenth-Century French Texts (Toronto, 2006) and co-editor of Staël’s Philosophy of the Passions: Sensibility, Society, and the Sister Arts (Bucknell, 2013). She has been awarded an NEH Fellowship for her current book project Divining Nature: Aesthetics of Enchantment in Enlightenment France. Her recent interests include the history of science, the history of emotion, material culture, and book illustration.

In Professor Cuillé’s graduate and undergraduate seminars, students are invited to investigate French literature and the arts from the vantage of philosophy, aesthetics, literary theory, and cultural studies. Recent topics include economies of desire, the science of sensibility, self-fashioning, and utopian fiction. She offers inter-arts courses that span the Enlightenment through Modernity on the themes of cultural constructs, transmediation, and fantastic fiction. She has also taught opera studies courses for the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities and the Summer Humanities Institute. Professor Cuillé strives to place the students in the position of spectator, critic, or consumer by extending the classroom to include exhibitions and performances. She also co-convenes the Eighteenth-Century Interdisciplinary Salon.