Sarah Benharrech
Associate Professor

Key words: Enlightenment Studies. Marivaux. Science and Literature. Botany. Gender Studies. Plant Studies. Ecocriticism. 

Sarah Benharrech (Ph.D., Princeton University) specializes in Eighteenth-Century French literature and culture. She has published articles in MLN, Eighteenth Century Fiction, Diderot Studies, Fééries. In her first book, Marivaux et la science du caractère (Oxford, UK: The Voltaire Foundation, 2013), she explored moral classifications in Early Enlightenment literature in relation to 18th-century debates in the natural sciences.
She is currently working on a book project, tentatively entitled The Dreams of Plants, where she is examining how modes of vegetative multiplication informed narrative forms in 18th-century French fictions at the crossroad of literature and science through an ecocritical lense. 
She has discovered the manuscripts of Mme Dugage de Pommereul (1733-1782), a previously unknown woman botanist student of A.-L. de Jussieu and assistant to André Thouin at the botanical garden of Paris, and published the first account of her life and work in Harvard Papers in Botany (2018).
She has collaborated on the publication of the "promenades botaniques" a manuscript written by another woman botanist, Clémence Lortet (1772-1835) in the Bulletin de la Société linnéenne de Lyon (2018). Her English translation of this previously unpublished manuscript has appeared in Huntia (The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation).
Prof. Benharrech holds a certificate in Botany at the Museum of Natural History in Paris after completing all four levels of the curriculum.

She regularly contributes to the digital repository of Saint-Domingue 18th-century pamphlets, A Colony in Crisis. (


Prof. Benharrech is former President of the Society for Eighteenth-Century French Studies, an affiliate of the national American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2019-21).

S. Benharrech is a Chesapeake Project Faculty Fellow. 

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