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Position

Fellow and Organising Tutor in French
Curator Senior Common Room
Senior Member of the Pater Society - the Brasenose College society for the Arts (named after Walter Pater, a Classicist and Fellow of the College)

Qualifications

BA, MA (Grenoble Alpes, UGA), Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (UGA), MA (Oxon.), PhD (UGA)

Academic Background and Previous Positions

Lecturer at Brasenose College since 1999; Lecturer in French and Comparative Literature at Warwick University (2000-2003); Lecturer in English at Montpellier University (1995-1996) and Junior Research Fellow (Monitrice d'Enseignement Supérieur) in Comparative Literature at Grenoble University (1992-1995).

Visiting Professor at Vilnius University, Lithuania, September 2019.

Undergraduate Teaching Areas

XIXth-XXIth Century literature in French (which includes literature from North Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean).

I also teach XVIIIth Century female writers.Language: French prose and grammar. 

I welcome applications from excellent students, whoever they are and wherever they come from!

My passion for my subject is well illustrated in many of my letters to The Times.

Graduate Teaching Areas

D. Phil.: Modern Literature (French/English or American) and Phenomenology; modern and contemporary French poetry; literature and music (I am currently working on Jeremy Thurlow’s musical adaptations of texts by Virginia Woolf and English and French poets); literature and ethics; comparative literature (particularly with respect to the work of Virginia Woolf).

Co-convenor of the Oxford M. St. Paper, The Power of Literature: Language, Perception and World-Making in Modern and Post-Modern French Poetry.

Research Interests

(Post-)Modernism and phenomenology; reception studies; comparative studies; modern & contemporary French poetry; literature & ethics.

Work in Progress

I am currently editing (in collaboration with my former student, Sara-Louise Cooper, who is now a Lecturer at University of Kent, and with a preface by Dominique Rabaté) a collection of essays on The Aesthetics of Mourning in Literature in French from the French Revolution to the migrant crisis. My own contribution includes the critical introduction and a chapter on the poets Emmanuel Merle and Yves Bonnefoy. This research covers a number of writers and thinkers: Roland Barthes, Michel Deguy, Jacques Roubaud, Valérie Rouzeau, Patrick Modiano, Gilles Rozier, Annie Ernaux, Kamel Daoud etc. 

I have a peripheral interest in the life and work of Charles Langbridge Morgan - The Times drama critic and alumnus of Brasenose College, which led to a lecture at the Oxford & Cambridge Club on 1st April 2014. See The Brazen Nose, (Volume 44, 2009-10, p. 120-7) for a snippet of Morgan’s art.

I am organising a commemoration of the Swiss poet and writer Philippe Rahmy at the Maison Française d’Oxford in January 2020.

Main publications

L'Univers imaginaire de Virginia Woolf, Paris, Editions du Temps, 2001. Preface by Jean Guiguet and postface by Gilbert Durand. Read a review of this book from the Virginia Woolf Bulletin no. 10 May 2002

Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond, edited with Ariane Mildenberg and with a preface by Kevin Hart, Oxford, Peter Lang, 2010. It includes my chapter, ‘Figures of Immanence/Imminence: "Enigma Variations" in Michel Deguy's works'.

Please see reviews of this book appearing in Tijdschrift_voor_Filosofies, Modernist_Cultures, Years_Work_in_English_Studies, vol 92, no.1 and Modern_Fiction_Studies_vol_58,1

Introductions to Charles Morgan's Three Plays and Dramatic Critic. Selected Reviews 1922-39. http://www.theartsshelf.com/2013/05/14/oberon-books-celebrate-dramatic-critic-charles-morgan-with-two-new-releases/

Read a review of Three Plays and Dramatic Critic from the Times Literary Supplement

Main publications on Virginia Woolf include a contribution to The Reception of Virginia Woolf in Europe (edited by M-A. Caws & Nicola Luckhurst, Continuum, 2002) and Virginia Woolf in Context (edited by Jane Goldman & Bryony Randall, CUP 2013).

Numerous articles on a variety of topics and authors: Shakespeare, Walter Scott, Katherine Mansfield, Beckett, Arthur Miller, Paul Auster, Angela Carter & Colette, Lady Anne Blunt, Paul Valéry, Michel Deguy, and…Nation Branding (Cool Britannia).

Forthcoming:

-“Yves Bonnefoy et la poésie dans l’imaginaire musical de Jeremy Thurlow”, in ILCEA4 (revue de l’Institut des langues et cultures d’Europe, Amérique, Afrique, Asie et Australie – E.A 7356), Chant et poésie en Europe et en Amérique : de la culture populaire à la culture savante, no 39, Grenoble, March 2020, edited by Anne Cayuela and Caroline Bertonèche. To be published in March 2020.

-‘“The Journey is everything’: Virginia Woolf’s French Adventure”, in Virginia Woolf, Europe and Peace, Clemson University Press, edited by Ariane Mildenberg & Patricia Novillo-Corvalan [28th Annual International Conference, Kent University, June 2018]. To be published in 2020.

-“Performing the Self to Death: Sarah Bernhardt’s Acting Up and Out”, in Histoire et philosophie des processus de création, Paris, Garnier, edited by Sabine Chaouche & Sophie Proust. To be published in 2020.

Work in Progress

I am currently editing (in collaboration with my former student, Sara-Louise Cooper, who is now a Lecturer at University of Kent, and with a preface by Dominique Rabaté) a collection of essays on The Aesthetics of Mourning in Literature in French from the French Revolution to the migrant crisis. My own contribution includes the critical introduction and a chapter on the poets Emmanuel Merle and Yves Bonnefoy. This research covers a number of writers and thinkers: Roland Barthes, Michel Deguy, Jacques Roubaud, Valérie Rouzeau, Patrick Modiano, Gilles Rozier, Annie Ernaux, Kamel Daoud etc. 

I have a peripheral interest in the life and work of Charles Langbridge Morgan - The Times drama critic and alumnus of Brasenose College, which led to a lecture at the Oxford & Cambridge Club on 1st April 2014. See The Brazen Nose, (Volume 44, 2009-10, p. 120-7) for a snippet of Morgan’s art.

I am organising a commemoration of the Swiss poet and writer Philippe Rahmy at the Maison Française d’Oxford in January 2020.

Other activities:

Literary adviser on the French translations of Virginia Woolf for the Woolf Estate (1999)

Member of CNRS-funded Research Group SEMA at the ENS-Lyon until 2008

Member of the Editorial Board of the Avignon-based journal, Théâtres du Monde (since 2000)

Member of the Oxford-based Comparative Criticism Group - See TORCH website at
http://torch.ox.ac.uk/carole-bourne-taylor, and the New Grounds for Comparative Criticism programme has a page at http://torch.ox.ac.uk/comparativecriticism.

Committee Member, Oxford Phenomenology Network

Member, French poetry network

Peer reviewer for mediAzioni (University of Bologna).

Member, Centre de Recherches International sur l'Imaginaire (CRIi2)

E-mail

[email protected]

Links

http://www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/

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