Visiting Assistant Professor
Eleanor (Nell) Cloutier is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame. She completed her Ph.D. in Music History at the University of California, Berkeley in 2016 and began her studies at Washington University in Saint Louis in the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities (2009). While at the University of California, Berkeley, Cloutier was a fellow in the Berkeley Connect Program, as a mentor for undergraduate students, and directed teams of undergraduates in a digital humanities research project through the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in the Cambridge Opera Journal, Eighteenth-Century Music, and in an edited volume, Opera Outside the Box: Notions of Opera in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain.
Her scholarship, which focuses on the reception of Italian opera in Paris and London during the 1830s, draws on approaches from the digital humanities, political history, and studies in celebrity, material culture, and literature. Her current book project, The Musical Juste Milieu, argues that the ideal of the juste milieu, or extreme moderation, must be understood not only as a political stance, but also as an outlook on life that pervaded Parisian society and influenced relationships between social groups, and as such, it must be studied through the objects and experiences of daily life. Popular entertainments (including vaudevilles, salon performances, and operas), the occasions and souvenirs that grew around these genres, and the experiences of audience members all reveal reactions to and negotiations of political and social life. This project explores the history of modern “progressivism” by connecting the fast-moving world of popular fashion and spectacle under the July Monarchy to its staunchly conservative brand of liberal politics – to its liberalism purged of revolutionary content.