Sarah Benharrech
Associate Professor


Sarah Benharrech (Ph.D., Princeton University) specializes in Eighteenth-Century French literature. She has published articles in MLN, Eighteenth Century Fiction, Diderot Studies. In her first book, Marivaux et la science du caractère (Oxford, UK: The Voltaire Foundation, 2013), she explored personal identity theory in Early Enlightenment literature in relation to 18th-century debates in the natural sciences. She has also written book chapters on automata maker Vaucanson, chemist Mme Thiroux d'Arconville, and journalism in Old Regime France. 

Her next book project, tentatively entitled The Dreams of Plants, has a focus on literature and botany, and examines plant metaphors, more specifically, how modes of vegetative reproduction (cutting and grafting) inspired 18th-century works of fiction.

Prof. Benharrech has edited Cl. Crébillon's Correspondence in the fourth volume of his Oeuvres complètes (Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2002, revised in 2010) and the year 1775 (8th volume) of the Mémoires Secrets dits de Bachaumont (Paris: H. Champion, 2010). She is now working on two critical editions: Desfontaines’s Dictionnaire néologique and Tiphaigne de La Roche’s Questions sur l’Agriculture (both with Classiques-Garnier).

She also serves as a regular contributor and advisor for the digital repository of Saint-Domingue 18th-century pamphlets, A Colony in Crisis. (

Before coming to Maryland, she taught at The University of Chicago, Tulane University, and the University of Toronto.

S. Benharrech is a Chesapeake Project Faculty Fellow. 




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