FREDERICK, Md.—A scholarly article written by Hood College Professor of French Lisa Algazi Marcus appeared recently in a peer-reviewed journal.
The Corruption of Breast Milk in Alexandre Hepp's 'Le Lait dune autre' was published in Romance Studies. In the article, Marcus explores the negative representation of breastfeeding in Hepps’s 1891 novel. She also provides an overview of the wet-nursing industry and perceptions of wet nurses in the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as a comparison of the portrayal of breast milk in that novel and in a more widely known novel by Émile Zola, Fécondité, published in 1899.
Marcus teaches a variety of French language and literature courses, and an honors elective on motherhood as a social institution in modern Western cultures. Her articles have been published in professional journals and she has contributed chapters to several collections of essays. Her first book, Maternal Subjectivity in the Works of Stendhal, was published in 2001.
Marcus, who has taught at Hood since 1994, earned a bachelor's degree from Hollins College and a doctoral degree from Stanford University.