Hannah Frydman comes to the UW after a year at Brown University as the Shauna M. Stark '76, P'10 Postdoctoral Research Associate in Gender Studies at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women. She is a specialist in the cultural history of modern France, and is especially interested in labor, capitalism, media, reading, gender, sexuality, and the racial politics of reproduction.
She is currently finishing a book, entitled Between the Sheets: Classified Advertising, Sexuality, and the Moral Threat to the Free Press in France, that reconstructs the history of “immoral” classified advertising in the Parisian press during the French Third Republic (1870–1940) to show how sexual and gendered classified advertising opened up new possibilities to live non-normative lives and also inspired state and social efforts to exercise close control over both non-normative bodies and new media in the name of republican morality.
Work from or related to this project has appeared or will appear in French Historical Studies, Dix-Neuf, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, the edited volume Capitalism’s Hidden Worlds, and a special issue of Histoire, économie & société on the history of classified advertising, which Frydman co-edited with Claire-Lise Gaillard. This research (conducted in city, departmental, national, and police archives in and around Paris) and writing on classified advertising have been funded by a number of grants, including the ACLS Fellowship, the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies, the P.E.O. Scholar Award, the Chateaubriand Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship.
- Hannah Frydman, “‘Confidences épistolaires de la Vénus publique’: Real-time Communication, Voyeuristic Reading, and Social Media’s Erotic Pre-History in the Petite Correspondance.” Forthcoming in Nineteenth-Century French Studies, vol. 52, nos. 1–2, fall–winter 2023–24.
- Hannah Frydman, “Reading Incognito: Periodicals, Sapphic Fictions, and Lesbian Communication," Dix-Neuf: Journal of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes 26, no. 1 (2022): 35-55, https://doi.org/10.1080/14787318.2022.2038515.
- Hannah Frydman, “Freedom’s Sex Problem: Classified Advertising, Law, and the Politics of Reading in Third Republic France.” French Historical Studies 44, no. 4 (October 2021): 675-709 (Winner, Malcolm Bowie Prize).
- Hannah Frydman, “Capitalism’s Back Pages: ‘Immoral’ Advertising and Invisible Markets in Paris’s Mass Press, 1880–1940.” In Capitalism’s Hidden Worlds, 119–138. Edited by Kenneth Lipartito and Lisa Jacobson. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020.
- Hannah Frydman and Claire-Lise Gaillard, “‘Les dessous des petites annonces’: quand les intimités se marchandent à la quatrième page des journaux (IIIe République).” Histoire, économie & société 39, no. 3 (September 2020): 45–66.
- Hannah Frydman, “Policing Backpage and the Backpages.” Public Books, April 19, 2018, <http://www.publicbooks.org/policing-backpage-and-the-backpages/>.
- Hannah Frydman, “From the Front to the Back Page: Queer Reading in Theory and Practice.” In Queer Print Cultures: Resistance, Subversion, and Community. Edited by Vance Byrd and Javier Samper Vendrell. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming.