Hannah Freed-Thall holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California-Berkeley and specializes in modern French literature and theory. She has published articles in New Literary History, Modern Language Notes, and Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, and in 2013, was awarded the Malcolm Bowie Prize for her article on Proust and fake diamonds ("'Prestige of a Momentary Diamond': Economies of Distinction in Proust"). Freed-Thall is currently completing a book about the afterlife of aesthetic beauty in twentieth-century France. The project, drawn from her dissertation research, identifies four experimental aesthetic concepts that spoil distinctions of taste: Marcel Proust's "quelconque" ("whatever"), Roland Barthes's "nuance," Francis Ponge's "profanation," and Nathalie Sarraute's "douceâtre" ("sickly sweet"). Other work in progress includes a study of the rhetoric of revulsion in nineteenth- and twentieth-century France, and articles on queer ecology, modernist speculation, and grunge aesthetics in contemporary poetry. At Princeton, she has lectured on topics ranging from Rabelais to nineteenth-century art for Humanistic Studies 217-218, a team-taught course which explores interdisciplinary approaches to Western Culture since the Renaissance. In the French department, she has taught seminars on emotion in modernity and on taste and disgust, and in Fall 2013 will offer a course on contemporary French thought. Freed-Thall is also the Resident Faculty Fellow of Whitman College.