Jeffrey Leichman is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of French Studies at Louisiana State University. A dix-huitièmiste, his work focuses on theatrical literature and performance culture from the early modern period through the present. His first book, Acting Up: Staging the Subject in Enlightenment France, was published by Bucknell University Press in 2016. (Reviews can be found here.) His articles on eighteenth-century theatre have appeared or are forthcoming in Eighteenth-Century Studies, L’Esprit créateur, Diderot Studies, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, and the edited collection Lesage 2015. Recent work on performance and cinema has been published in The French Review and in the forthcoming collection La Théâtralité comme (contre-)modèle esthétique; he is also a member of the MLA Working Group on Comparative, National, and World Cinema. In addition to this work, Dr. Leichman is co-Principal Investigator, with Professor Françoise Rubellin at the Université de Nantes, on an NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant for the V-ESPACE (Virtual Early modern Spectacles and Publics, Active and Collaborative Environment) project, an international collaboration between humanists and computer scientists to design and implement a virtual reality video game based on early-eighteenth-century Parisian Fair theatre. In 2018, Dr. Leichman will be hosting an international conference on theatre and slavery in the early modern French Atlantic at LSU, in coordination with Dr. Karine Bénac at the Université des Antilles.
Dr. Leichman’s research and teaching at LSU have been recognized with a Louisiana Board of Regents ATLAS (Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars) Grant in 2013-2014, an LSU Alumni Foundation Rising Junior Faculty Award (2016), a Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society Junior Professor Award (2016), two LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Awards (2015 and 2016), an LSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences Robert K. Udick Undergraduate Teaching Award (2017), and two Manship Summer Research Grants (2013 and 2017).
Areas of Interest
Ancien Régime drama and theatrical theory
Esthetics and politics in the French Enlightenment
Contemporary European, Francophone, and American theatre
Theatre and cinema