Pamela Cheek

Chair and Associate Professor of French

Photo: Pamela Cheek

Phone: 505 277-4771
Fax: (505) 277-3599
Office: 229B

Personal Statement:


  • Director,
    Program in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies,
    UNM (August 2005 - ).
  • A & S Tenure and Promotion Committee,
    UNM (2006 - 2007).
  • Research Policy Committee,
    UNM (2006 - 2007).
  • Member, Search Committee for Islam/ Arabic joint position in CL/CS and Religious Studies,
    UNM (2006 - 2007).
  • Member,
    Graduate Committee, (2005-2007).

Educational History:

1994, Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Stanford University.

Sexual Records. Dissertation Chair: John Bender.

1987, A.B., magna cum laude, in Literature, Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges.

Research Interests:

  • France and Great Britain 1660-1830
  • History of sexuality
  • Postcolonial studies

I have taught courses on contemporary literary theory, Paris, travel literature, the 18th-Century novel, early modern French theater, and Caribbean women writers, as well as introductory French language courses. My book Sexual Antipodes: Enlightenment Globalization and the Placing of Sex (2003) addressed the discursive relationship between French and British eighteenth-century sexual and national identity within a global framework. My current research focuses on late eighteenth-century women writers and on representations of and technologies for the management of identity in modernity. I currently serve in the department as the graduate French advisor.

Selected Publications:


  • Sexual Antipodes: Enlightenment Globalization and the Placing of Sex(Stanford University Press, 2003).
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Articles & Book Chapters

  • The Festival of Incest in ‘Le paysan perverti’.
    In Symposium. (2006).
  • The Mémoires secrets and the Actress: Tribadism, Performance and Property.
    In The Mémoires secrets and the Culture of Publicity in Eighteenth-Century France.
    eds. Jeremy Popkin and Bernadette Fort. (The Voltaire Foundation, 1998).
  • Prostitutes of ‘Political Institution’.
    In Eighteenth-Century Studies. 28.2. (Winter, 1994-95).
  • Review of James Turner, Libertines and Radicals in Early Modern London.
    In Modern Languages Quarterly. 65.2 (June 2004).

Awards and Grants:

  • Lurcy Fellowship, (1993-94).
  • Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities - cohort. (1987).
  • Graduate Fellowship, Department of Comparative Literature, Stanford (1988-1994).