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Patrick Riley

Patrick Riley

Associate Professor of French
Romance Languages, 208A Lawrence Hall
p 315-228-7299


BA (1987), MA (1990), PhD (1996), University of California - Berkeley

Teaching Experience

Graduate student instructor, University of California - Berkeley; assistant professor of French, University of Oklahoma


French eighteenth century literature and philosophy, Rousseau, French autobiography


The narrative of conversion in French autobiography, the Libertine novel


  • Character and Conversion in Autobiography: Augustine, Montaigne, Descartes, Rousseau, and Sartre (University of Virginia Press, 2004)
  • Introduction to Rousseau's Discourse on Inequality (Barnes and Noble, 2009)
  • Introduction and translation of the preface to Rousseau's Confessions (Barnes and Noble, 2005)
  • "Fables of the Self and Subject: On Cartesian Autobiography With and Against Augustine" (Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature XXXI, 60, 2004)
  • "The Inversion of Conversion: Rousseau's Rewriting of Augustinian Autobiography," (Studies in Eighteenth Century Culture 28, March 1999)
  • "Errancy and Libertine Education in Crebillon Fils's Les Egarements du coeur et de l'espirit," (French Forum, v. 20, no. 2, May, 1995)


  • University of Oklahoma Junior Faculty Fellowship 1997
  • Marcel Lemer Scholarship, University of California - Berkeley, 1995-96
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California - Berkeley 1994-95