Elisabeth Bloom is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in French at Princeton University. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Vanderbilt University with a double major in French language and literature. A cellist of eighteen years, Elisabeth is continuing her musical studies at Princeton under the tutelage of Professor Alberto Parrini. Her research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature and music as well as play theory and early and middle childhood pedagogy. Her dissertation project, tentatively titled “La vie en jeu et le jeu en vie: Fantastical Anthropomorphism, Ludic Behavior, and Transgression in Opera and Ballet of Third Republic France”, will examine works by Offenbach, Debussy, and Ravel, as case studies in an exploration of French middle-class éducation from the end of the nineteenth century through the interwar period.