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Pamela Cheek

Associate Professor of French

Associate Provost Curriculum & Assessment

Photo: Pamela Cheek
Office:  327B
Hours:  M 12:00-1:30

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Pamela Cheek is an Associate Professor of French who teaches courses ranging from beginning French to graduate literary theory, from a seminar on Paris as a cultural capital to a class on the early modern literature of travel and encounter. She received her A.B. in Literature from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges in 1987 and completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University in 1994 as a Mellon Fellow. Her research focuses on the ways that early modern Western European representations of sexuality and gender have contributed to cultural globalization. Her first book, Sexual Antipodes: Enlightenment Globalization and the Placing of Sex, was published in 2003.  The forthcoming Heroines and Local Girls: The Transnational Emergence of Women’s Writing explores the enduring novelistic codes established by networks of women writers working in English, French, German and Dutch in the long Eighteenth Century.  She has served as Chair of the Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures (2015-present) and as Interim Associate Provost for Curriculum and Assessment (2017-18).


  • 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).