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2011 - RSA Annual Meeting Words: 151 words || 
1. Benkov, Edith. "Une fille vaillante, chaste, sçavante et belle: Béroalde de Verville's La Pucelle d'Orléans" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal, Quebec Canada, <Not Available>. 2020-02-22 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: One goal of Béroalde's La Pucelle d'Orléans, a novel combining fantasy and history, published in 1599, some 150 years after the rehabilitation hearings, was to reinscribe Joan of Arc as national heroine, and perhaps restore some sense of nationhood after decades of internal conflicts. His novel is equally a work that contributes to the significance of Joan of Arc in the corpus of the querelle des femmes. In this context, the traits enumerated in the title of the work — "vaillante, chaste, sçavante, et belle" — are key to understanding the construction of a female heroine. "Chaste" and "belle" foreground qualities that might apply to an ideal future wife but "vaillante" and "sçavante" were not attributes typically touted. My paper explores how the exemplary traits Béraolde uses to define Joan and to contrast her with other women create a paradigm for female excellence that risks paradoxically to undermine his literary project.

2018 - RSA Words: 139 words || 
2. Cooper, Richard. "Rabelais pastiché: satires inédites contre le Régent, Philippe d'Orléans (1715–23)" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, Louisiana, <Not Available>. 2020-02-22 <>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: Dès la mort de Louis XIV, des chroniques pseudo-rabelaisiennes commencent à circuler en manuscrit à Paris, dont l’une attribuée à Voltaire, une autre intitulée Rabelais ressuscité, et deux autres qui portent le titre du VII et du VIII Livres de la Geste. Le(s) auteur(s) anonyme(s) imite(nt) le style de Rabelais et de Marot, en racontant les exploits du Régent, ses excès de boissons, ses amours (dont des relations incestueuses), ses déboires avec le Parlement de Paris, la corruption de ses Roués, le scandale de la Banque de Law, et finalement le mariage du très jeune Louis XV avec une princesse polonaise, qui sera le sujet d’une suite des chroniques, « La noble, gracieuse et de tout point miraculeuse histoire et légende de moulte noble, vertueuse et non jamais assez louée dame Marie Lekzinska, translatée de poulain en gaulois. »

2014 - ASEH Conference – San Francisco Words: 295 words || 
3. Ponsavady, Stéphanie. "The French Prince, His Car, and Colonial Indochina: Bridging Histories, Geographies and Ecologies in the 1908 Expedition of Ferdinand d’Orléans, Duke of Montpensier" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASEH Conference – San Francisco, Parc 55 Wyndham Hotel, San Francisco, California, <Not Available>. 2020-02-22 <>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: This presentation follows a real-life fairy-tale: a French Prince rides a “thoroughbred car” from the capital of Colonial Indochina to the ruins of the seat of the Khmer kingdom, recently “returned” to Cambodia. This is the story of Ferdinand d’Orléans, who drove from Saigon to Angkor and back in 1908.
Banned from the army by an 1886 law, yet allowed to reside in French territories, the self-proclaimed “Prince français” received the Gold Medal of Bordeaux’s Société de géographie in 1912 and the Légion d’honneur in 1923 for his expeditions in the French empire and Indochina, in particular. While his father, the Count of Paris and pretender to the throne, had threatened the Republic, Ferdinand was rewarded for his efforts popularizing Greater France. From his 1908 journey, he authored a travelogue, the title of which evoked both politics and fantasy: La Ville au Bois Dormant, de Saigon à Ang-Kor en automobile (1910), the city of the sleeping wood waiting for its Prince.
This contribution focuses on Ferdinand’s mapping of the land, its people, its flora and fauna by the new automobile technology. Back in Metropolitan France, he would travel on a ship named le Mekong to spread images of his Southeast Asian road trips. His publications, lectures, photographs and collections of indigenous animals cultivated the public imagination about faraway places only recently made accessible by car. The automobile helped bridge distant geographies, histories, and ecologies as the “French Prince” was lauded for reclaiming “Cambodia’s Alsace Lorraine,” spreading the “sacred love of the fatherland,” and even becoming a rubber planter. Thus, this paper suggests ways automobile pioneering helped populate imperial space with the stuff of fairy-tales – people, animals and plants – strange yet welcoming, valuable yet in distress, all awaiting rescue by the French and their technology.

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