I grew up in Paris, France, the daughter of a Russian father and an Italian mother who settled there when I was a child. Because of the unique experience of having been raised bilingually in French and Italian, I am deeply committed to facilitating cross-cultural communication whenever possible. My passion is teaching storytelling (composition, fiction, theatre), translation, and cultural history. As a scholar, I specialize in French literature and drama. I am one of the founding members of an international research group aiming to bring fresh critical perspectives to the substantial (and often controversial) theatre corpus of 19th-century novelist/playwright George Sand. In 2016, I contributed several article-length entries on this topic for the Dictionnaire Sand. Also in 2016, my article “Performing Sand’s Pedagogical Project in Indiana,” was included in the MLA Approaches to Teaching Sand’s Indiana. I am under contract to establish the scholarly editions of two of Sand’s plays, Françoise (1856) and Mademoiselle La Quintinie (1872), to be included in the Sand Œuvres complètes collection published by Honoré Champion.
"Une gaîté pleine de larmes": George Sand découvre les comédies de Ruzante." in George Sand comique. Eds. Olivier Bara and François Kerlouégan. (Grenoble: UGA Editions, 2020): 209-219.
“George Sand et la mise en scène à distance.” Écriture, performance et théâtralité dans l′œuvre de George Sand. Eds. Catherine Nesci and Olivier Bara. (Grenoble: éllug, 2014) 253-268.
“Entre Gozzi et Goldoni : George Sand et l’heritage de la commedia dell’arte.” “Sand et les arts du 18e siècle." Les amis de George Sand, nouvelle série 34 (2012): 53-77.
Guest Editor, George Sand Studies. Special Issue on ‘The Theatre and George Sand’, vol. 27, 2008.
George Sand and History/ Le Siècle de George Sand. Eds. David A. Powell and Shira Malkin. Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi, 1998, 373 pages.
1980, Ph.D. Université de Paris, Theatre Studies
1974, M.A. Université de Paris, French/English Linguistics and Translation
1973, B.A. Université de Paris, British Literature