Marie-Hélène Huet

M. Taylor Pyne Professor of French and Italian, Emeritus
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Marie-Hélène Huet is Affiliate Professor in the Department of Global Studies and Languages, and M. Taylor Pyne emerita Professor of French at Princeton University. Her books include Rehearsing the Revolution, The Staging of Marat’s Death (U of California Press, 1982), Monstrous Imagination (Harvard U Press, 1993), winner of the Harry Levin prize in Comparative Literature, Mourning Glory, The Will of the French Revolution (U of Pennsylvania Press, 1997), The Culture of Disaster (U of Chicago Press, 2012), and critical editions of Jules Verne’s novels (Gallimard, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, 2012, 2016, 2017). Her articles and reviews on literature, cultural history and science fiction have been published in journals and magazines from France, Switzerland, and the United States.

Marie-Hélène Huet’s research has been supported by fellowships from the University of California, The University of Virginia Center for Advanced Studies, Princeton University, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. She was a Seminar Director at the Folger Library and taught at the U of California, Berkeley, Amherst College, the U of Virginia, the U of Minnesota and Princeton University.


Doctorat de 3e cycle (PhD) Faculté des Sciences Humaines et Sociales, University of Bordeaux, France.


Marie-Hélène Huet is currently working on the idea of contagion in modern politics and social structures.

Areas of Expertise

-The European Enlightenment

-The study of popular beliefs and the relationship between science and culture.

-Cultural history

-Science fiction