Catherine Labio

Catherine Labio works on European intellectual history since the seventeenth century and on interdisciplinary approaches to the study of literature, especially literature and philosophy, economics, and the visual arts.  She is the author of Origins and the Enlightenment: Aesthetic Epistemology from Descartes to Kant (Cornell UP, 2004), which ties eighteenth-century thinkers’ fascination with origins to the conceptualization of originality.  She edited Belgian Memories (Yale French Studies, 2002) and co-edited The Great Mirror of Folly: Finance, Culture, and the Crash of 1720 with W. N. Goetzmann, K. Rouwenhorst, and T. Young (Yale UP, 2013).  Dr. Labio has published articles on eighteenth-century literature and culture and on comics in leading journals, including Critical InquiryYale French StudiesCinema JournalSVEC (Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century), and Eighteenth-Century Fiction. She curated, with Lisa Tamaris Becker, the exhibition Hockney and Hogarth: Selections from the CU Art Museum's Collection of British Art (CU Art Museum, 2012) and From Bande Dessinée to Artist’s Book: Testing the Limits of Franco-Belgian Comics (The Center for Book Arts, New York City, 2013). In fall 2016 she launched the 18th- and 19th-Century Studies Network (  She is currently working on two book-length projects: one on the Mississippi Bubble and the cultural impact of the first international stock market crash on France and its colonies and the other on comics and architecture.  She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University and has taught at Reed College, the Brussels Business School (ICHEC), and Yale University.  She is currently Associate Professor of English at CU Boulder.