Erin E. Edgington, Ph.D.

Interim Department Chair; Assistant Professor, French
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Edgington earned her Ph.D. in French Literature from Indiana University - Bloomington in 2013. Since then, she has taught French language and literature at Queen's University Belfast, the University of Michigan and the University of Nevada, Reno. A specialist in 19th-century French literature and art, she is the author of Fashioned Texts and Painted Books: Nineteenth-Century French Fan Poetry (North Carolina, 2017) as well as articles on the works of William Chapman, Stéphane Mallarmé, Théophile Gautier, Edmond de Goncourt, Octave Uzanne and language pedagogy.

Her current book project in French and Francophone studies offers an overdue reconsideration of notorious French-Canadian poet William Chapman, who once speculated that he would be selected to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature not because he was a great poet, but because he was "le moins mauvais poète du Canada" ("the least bad Canadian poet").

Edgington's research in the field of honors education includes book chapters on internationalizing the honors curriculum and the role of contract courses in the honors experience. She is currently editing a volume on honors advising.

Research interests

  • 19th-century French and French-Canadian poetry
  • Visual and material culture
  • Honors education

Selected publications

Publications in French and Francophone Studies


  • Fashioned Texts and Painted Books: Nineteenth-Century French Fan Poetry. North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures, no. 312, University of North Carolina Press, 2017.

Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “The Poet and the Philanthropists: William Chapman’s Improbable Bid for the Nobel Prize.” Nottingham French Studies, vol. 60, no. 1, 2021.
  • “Artful Arrangements: Interior Space in Edmond de Goncourt’s La Maison d’un artiste.” The Imagery of Interior Spaces, edited by Dominique Bauer and Michael Kelly, Punctum, 2019.
  • “Re-Orienting the fête galante in Mallarmé’s éventails.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies, vol. 44, nos. 1–2, 2015–2016, pp. 128–143.
  • “Introducing Students to Pre-Nineteenth-Century Poetry in the Language Classroom.” The French Review, vol. 88, no. 2, 2014, pp. 171–184.

Publications in Honors Education

Book Chapters:

  • “Facilitating Feedback: The Benefits of Automation in Monitoring Completion of Honors Contracts.” Honors Contracts: Insights and Oversights, edited by Kristine Miller, NCHC, 2020.
  • “Making the Global Familiar: Building an International Focus into the Honors Curriculum.” With Daniel C. Villanueva. Internationalizing Honors, edited by Kim Klein and Mary Kay Mulvaney, NCHC, 2020.

Courses taught

  • FREN 111
  • FREN 112
  • FREN 211
  • FREN 309
  • HON 215
  • HON 410
  • HON 490
  • HON 491


  • M.A. in Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Reno, 2018
  • Ph.D. in French Literature, Indiana University – Bloomington, 2013
  • M.A. in French Literature, Indiana University – Bloomington, 2010
  • B.A. in French Language and Literature and Sociology, University of Nevada, Reno, 2008