Jenna Liuzzi is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of French and Italian. Born in New York and raised in Atlanta, Jenna graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in French and a minor in Art History from Agnes Scott College. Her undergraduate research in French culminated in a thesis that examined the treatment (and deformation) of the female body in a selection of poems from Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du mal. She completed her M.A. degree in French with a specialization in Literature at Middlebury College in Paris, France and at the Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III. Her thesis entitled “Mais pourquoi dansez-vous, Salomé ? : Une réflexion sur celle qui danse à la veille du XXe siècle,” which focused on representations of the figure of Salomé primarily evoked in works by Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Flaubert, Huysmans, Wilde, and Apollinaire, was awarded the Frieda Derdeyn Bambas Prize in French Literary Studies by the faculty at Middlebury College.
Jenna’s current research interests include representations of the human body and the aesthetic intersection of dance and text. More specifically, she is interested in the various ways in which writers have interpreted and incorporated dance aesthetics and the articulations of the dancing body in their literary works. Furthermore, she is interested in the ways in which twentieth-century dancers and choreographers have explained their respective works and discussed what they seek to articulate through corporeal language. Her interest in dance derives not only from her research in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and art but also from her own experiences as a longtime student of dance.