Darra Goldstein

portrait: Darra Goldstein


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Darra Goldstein is the Willcox and Harriet Adsit Professor of Russian at
Williams College and Founding Editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and
Culture, named the 2012 Publication of the Year by the James Beard Foundation.
She has published numerous books and articles on literature, culture, art, and
cuisine, and has organized several exhibitions, including Graphic Design in the
Mechanical Age and Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005, both
at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. She is also the author of four
cookbooks: A Taste of Russia (nominated for a Tastemaker Award), The Georgian
Feast (winner of the 1994 IACP Julia Child Award for Cookbook of the Year), The
Winter Vegetarian, and Baking Boot Camp at the CIA (IACP award finalist). Goldstein
has consulted for the Council of Europe as part of an international group
exploring ways in which food can be used to promote tolerance and diversity,
and under her editorship the volume Culinary Cultures of Europe: Identity,
Diversity and Dialogue was published in 2005. Goldstein has also consulted for the
Russian Tea Room and Firebird restaurants in New York and served on the
Board of Directors of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She
is currently Food Editor of Russian Life magazine and the series editor of
California Studies in Food and Culture (University of California Press), a book series
that seeks to broaden the audience for serious scholarship in food studies.


Stanford University, Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures, 1983

Stanford University, M.A., Slavic Languages and Literatures, 1976

Vassar College, B.A., Modern Languages, 1973


Jean-Marie Apostolidès


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Professor Apostolidès was educated in France, where he received a doctorate in literature and the social sciences. He taught psychology in Canada for seven years and sociology in France for three years. In 1980 he came to the United States, teaching at Harvard and then Stanford, primarily French classical literature (the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries) and drama. He is interested in avant-garde artistic movements such as dada, surrealism, and situationist international; as well as the theory of image, literary theory, and Francophone literature. He is also a playwright, whose work has been staged in Paris, Montreal, and New York.

Professor Apostolidès has served as chair of the Department of French and Italian and as executive editor of the Stanford French Review and the Stanford Literature Review.

His literary criticism focuses on the place of artistic production in the French classical age and in modern society. Whether it be the place of court pageantry during the reign of King Louis XIV (Le Roi-Machine, 1981), or the role of theater under the ancien régime (Le Prince Sacrificié, 1985), or even the importance of mass culture in the 1950s (Les Métamorphoses de Tintin, 1984), in each case Professor Apostolidès analyzes a specific cultural product both in its original context and in the context of the contemporary world. His most recent books are Les Tombeaux de Guy Debord in 1999, L'Audience in 2001, Traces, Revers, Ecarts in 2002, Sade in The Abyss in 2003, Héroïsme et victimisation in 2003, Hergé et le mythe du Surenfant in 2004. The tools required for such analysis are borrowed from literary criticism and from the social sciences, particularly psychoanalysis, anthropology, and sociology.

In his books, Professor Apostolidès interprets the works of the past as witnesses of our intellectual and emotional life. His examination of the distant or near past seeks to make us more sensitive to the social changes that are taking place now, in order to improve our understanding of the direction in which contemporary society is moving.

Click here to read Professor Apostolides' Montreal interview with Alexandre Trudel.

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