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Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

James Smith Allen

Professor, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Phone: (618) 453-7653
Email: jsallen@siu.edu

Dr. James Smith Allen arrived at SIU in 1991, twelve years after he earned his Ph.D. in modern European History at Tufts University. A specialist in nineteenth-century French social and intellectual history, Dr. Allen is interested primarily in the social history of romanticism, reading, feminism, and memory. His publications include three books, Popular French Romanticism: Authors, Readers, and Books in the 19th Century (1991), In the Public Eye: A History of Reading in Modern France (1991), and Poignant Relations: Three Modern French Women (2000).

In 1994 he also edited In the Solitude of My Soul: The Diary of Genevieve Breton, 1867-1871. His current research project is a book-length study of women in modern civic culture, with particular attention to their role in Freemasonry. He has just completed an autobiographical study of personal and historical memory, entitled A Privileged Past.