03 March, 2014
Virginia Scott, longtime member of IFTR and professor emerita of French and Drama at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, died on 1 March 2014 after a long illness. Virginia had a very distinguished career and was the recipient of numerous prizes and awards. Her recent book, Women on the Stage in Early Modern France (Cambridge University Press, 2010), received the Barnard Hewitt Prize from the American Society for Theatre Research. Other books include: The Commedia dell'arte in Paris (University Press of Virginia, 1990); Molière: A Theatrical Life (Cambridge University Press, 2000); Performance, Poetry and Politics on the Queen's Day: Catherine de Médicis and Pierre de Ronsard at Fontainebleau, with Sara Sturm-Maddox (Ashgate: 2007); Tartuffe: A Critical Edition, with Constance Congdon (Norton, 2008).
A local memorial service will be held in April. For more information about Virginia's career or for further details concerning memorials (as the information becomes available), colleagues may wish to visit the UMass-Amherst website at: https://www.umass.edu/theater/facultystaff.php. For a 2010 interview about her work see: http://www.thefrenchmag.com/Interview-with-Professor-Emerita-Virginia-Scott_a46.html.