From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Professor Joan DeJean is Professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages best-known for her book The Reinvention of Obscenity : Sex, Lies, and Tabloids in Early Modern France. Her areas of research include 17th- and 18th-century French literature, the history of women's writing in France, the history of sexuality, the development of the novel, and the cultural history of late 17th- and early 18th-century France. She is the author of more than five books, including Ancients Against Moderns: Culture Wars and the Making of a Fin de Siècle, which was a finalist for the prestigious James Russell Lowell Prize of the Modern Language Association in 1998.
- DeJean, Joan. The Essence of Style: How the French Invented Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafés, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour. New York: Free Press, 2005 ISBN 0743264142
- DeJean, Joan. The Reinvention of Obscenity : Sex, Lies, and Tabloids in Early Modern France (2002) ISBN 0226141403
- Joan DeJean, Ancients against Moderns: Culture Wars and the Making of a Fin de Siecle, Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 1997.