Anne Duggan

Anne Duggan

Professor of French

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 487 Manoogian

Curriculum vitae


Anne Duggan



Anne E. Duggan is Professor of French in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Wayne State University. Working between the French early modern tale tradition and twentieth- and twenty-first century French fairy-tale film, her most recent books include Queer Enchantments: Gender, Sexuality, and Class in the Fairy-Tale Cinema of Jacques Demy (2013; translated as Enchantements désenchantés: les contes queer de Jacques Demy, 2015), and Folktales and Fairy Tales: Traditions and Texts from around the World (4 vols. co-edited with Donald Haase, with Helen Callow; 2016). With Cristina Bacchilega, Professor Duggan is co-editor of Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies.

Research in Progress

She currently is co-editing and co-translating an anthology, Women Writing Wonder: Subverting Tradition in the Nineteenth Century (with Julie Koehler, Shandi Wagner, and Adrion Dula), under consideration at Wayne State University Press; she is serving as general editor of the 6-volume Cultural History of the Fairy Tale (under contract with Bloomsbury), and is working on two book projects tentatively titled The Lost Princess: Women Writers and the History of Classic Fairy Tales, and French Engagé Animation, or Tales of Social Justice.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Early Modern Studies

    Early Modern Gender Studies

    Fairy-Tale Studies

    Fairy-Tale Film


  • PhD in French Studies, University of Minnesota

Selected publications



  • “Remédiatisation et recodage des Mille et Une Nuits: Schéhérazade de Florence Miailhe.” Féeries: Etudes sur le conte de fées. Forthcoming.
  • "Métissage and the Literary Field of the French Enlightenment: The Impact of Galland’s Translation of the Arabian Nights." The Thousand and One Nights: Sources and Transformations in Literature, Art, and Science. Ed. Ibrahim Akel and William Granara. Leiden: Brill, 2020. 69-81.
  • “Regenrer Schéhérazade et Shariar: Les Mille et un jours et Les Quarante Vizirs de François Pétis de la Crois.” Oeuvres & Critiques. XLV.1 (2020) 31-45.
  • "The Querelle des femmes and Nicolas Boileau’s Satire X: Going beyond Perrault.” Early Modern French Studies. 41.2 (2019): 144-57.
  • “Marriage, Female Agency, and Sexuality in Monster Bridegroom Tales: Teaching ‘Beauty and the Beast.’” Teaching Fairy Tales. Ed. Nancy L. Canepa. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, March
  • "Gender.” Routledge Companion to Media and Fairy-Tale Cultures. Co-edited by Pauline Greenhill, Jill Terry Rudy, and Naomi Hamer. New York: Routledge, 2018. 113-121.
  • "Les Femmes Illustres, or the Book as Triumphal Arch.” Papers on French Seventeenth-Century Literature XLIV.87 (2017): 1-20.
  • "Monstrous Modernity on French Television: La Brigade des maléfices." Special Issue on Transcultural/Intermedial Fairy Tales on TV, Marvels & Tales, Guest Editors Pauline Greenhill and Jill Rudy. 31.1 (2017): 44-61.
  • “Madeleine de Scudéry’s Animal Sublime, or Of Chameleons.” Ecozon 7.1 (2016): 28-42. 
  • "Binary Outlaws: Queering the Classical Tale in François Ozon’s Criminal Lovers and Catherine Breillat’s Sleeping Beauty.” New Approaches to Teaching Folk and Fairy Tales. Eds. Christa Jones and Claudia Schwabe. Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2016. 191-205.
  • “The Fairy-Tale film in France: Postwar Reimagnings.” Fairy-Tale Films beyond Disney: International Perspectives. Ed. Jack Zipes, Pauline Greenhill, and Kendra Magnus-Johnston. New York: Routledge, 2016. 64-79.
  • “From Genie to Efreet: Fantastic Apparitions in the Tales of The Arabian Nights.” Journal for the Fantastic in the Arts 26.1 (2015): 113-25.
  • “The Reception of the Grimms in Nineteenth-Century France: Volkspoesie and the Reconceptualization of the French Fairy-Tale Tradition.” Fabula: Journal of Folklore Studies 55.3/4 (2014): 260-85.
  • “L’Adultère dans l’histoire tragique,” Le mariage dans la littérature narrative avant 1800, Les Actes de la SATOR. Dir. F. Lavocat, avec la coll. De G. Haucoeur. Collection La République des Lettres. Louvain: Peeters, 2014. 651-61.
  • "Epicurean Cannibalism, or France Gone Savage,” French Studies (Fall 2013): 463-77.
  • "The Revolutionary Undoing of the Maiden Warrior in Riyoko Ikeda’s The Rose of Versailles and Jacques Demy’s Lady Oscar,” Marvels & Tales 27.1 (Spring 2013): 34-51.


"Reactionaries and Revolutionaries: Classical Fairy Tales and Class." Culture Matters 19 June 2016 14:43.

Currently teaching

  •  FRE 2100: French through Film I (Fall 2020)

    Course Description: Through the lens of four different films, students will gain increased competency in French and Francophone linguistic and cultural proficiency. The course focuses on interactive and communicative reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities as well as critical thinking skills. Each chapter is framed by one film, which lays the groundwork for the vocabulary and grammar to be covered. While grammar will be reviewed, the majority of class time will be focused on communicative activities and discussion of cultural texts such as literary excerpts, ads, film, essays, etc.


  •  FRE/GER 2991: Understanding the Fairy Tale (Fall 2020)

    Course Description: In this course students will gain an understanding of the history of four classic fairy tales: “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Rapunzel,” and “Sleeping Beauty.” We will read early manifestations of these tales, with a focus on French and German traditions, and think about the legacy of these writers and tales in contemporary fairy-tale cultures. For each tale type, we will spend two weeks reading variants of the tales, and the third week we will focus on different media adaptations, from Disney films and music videos to graphic novels and social media. We will consider questions of gender, sexuality, race, and class throughout the semester as they relate to classic fairy tales. We will take into account the important work women writers of tales played within this history.



  •  FRE 4620/6620: The Orient and Orientalism in French and Francophone Literature (Winter 2020)

    In this course students will explore the history of French and Francophone literature and art from the perspective of the Orient and Orientalism. The texts to be studied include works by canonical authors of French literature (Racine, Montesquieu, Hugo, and Camus) and classical Orientalist texts (Galland, Loti, Eberhardt). The film Pépé le Moko will allow students to bring their knowledge about the history of Orientalist literature and painting to bear on this problematic 1937 film. Through the examination of different texts—plays, novels, poetry, painting, and film—students will gain a sense of the different shapes the Orient and Orientalism take in French and Francophone literature and culture from the seventeenth century to the present.

  •  FRE 8600: Forms of the Fairy and Oriental Tale: From Literary Tale to Vaudeville (Winter 2020)

    In this course, students will learn about the French classical tale tradition, which includes fairy tales by Marie-Catherine d’Aulnoy (who authored her own cat tale, among many others), Charles Perrault (author of “Puss-in-Boots” as well as “Cinderella” and “Sleeping Beauty”), and Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont (author of “Beauty and the Beast”). We will also read excerpts from Antoine Galland’s seminal Thousand and One Nights and François Pétis de la Croix’s Thousand and One Days, which significantly impacted the eighteenth-century literary field. We will then turn to popular theater adaptations of these tales, from Alain-René Lesage’s adaptations of Pétis de la Croix and Perrault and Marivaux’s version of “Beauty and the Beast” to the Cogniard Brothers’ nineteenth-century vaudeville féeries.