Officers of the Society




Prof. Nigel Harkness
Newcastle University

Nigel Harkness is Professor of French at Newcastle University. He has published widely on French women writers of the nineteenth century, particularly George Sand, and is author of Men of their Words: The Poetics of Masculinity in George Sand’s Fiction (2007). He is currently working on a book project provisionally entitled Written in Stone: Literature, Sculpture, Geology in Nineteenth-Century French Culture, for which he has received a research grant from the British Academy, as well as an edition of Sand’s Elle et Lui for the Champion edition of Sand’s Œuvres complètes. In addition to his editorial responsibilities for Dix-Neuf, he is also a member of the Editorial Board of Romantisme and is Nineteenth-Century French Editor of the Literary Encyclopedia.


Dr Maria Scott
University of Exeter

Maria Scott lectures in French at the University of Exeter. Previously, she worked at National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research focuses on the processes involved in reading and viewing, and her publications include Baudelaire’s Le Spleen de Paris: Shifting Perspectives (2005) and Stendhal’s Less-Loved Heroines: F

iction, Freedom, and the Female (2013). She is General Editor of the Irish Journal of French Studies.



Dr Áine Larkin 
University of Aberdeen

Áine Larkin is Lecturer in French at the University of Aberdeen, and author of Proust Writing Photography: Fixing the Fugitive in ‘À la recherche du temps perdu’ (Oxford: Legenda, 2011). With Claire Launchbury, she co-edited a

special issue of Romance Studies entitled Unsettling Scores: Proust and Music (2014). A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III, in 2008 she was awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship by the IRCHSS. Her research interests include text/image relations, Proust studies, literature and medicine, the literary representation of music and dance, and contemporary women’s writing in French.



Dr Larry Duffy
University of Kent

Larry Duffy is Lecturer in French at the University of Kent. His main research interests lie in the interplay between literary, scientific, and

medical discourses in nineteenth-century France. Recent publications include articles on medical themes in the works of Gustave Flaubert and Émile Zola, and on Michel Houellebecq’s twentieth- and twenty-first-century articulation of nineteenth-century preoccupations. His monograph Flaubert, Zola and the Incorporation of Disciplinary Knowledge was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014.


Alexandra Tranca
University of Cambridge

Alexandra Tranca is a PhD student in the French Department at the University of

 Cambridge, working on the relationship between ruins and the modern city in the Paris of the nineteenth century. Previous research includes exploring the interactions between photography, the Pre-Raphaelites and Symbolism in relation to the spiritual. She curated an exhibition on artists’ books by Henri Maccheroni at the University Library, Cambridge, as part of the International Colloquium Les Espaces du Livre, Supports et acteurs de la création texte/image (XXe-XXIe siècles) (Trinity College, 2013). Recently, she attended the Symposium ‘Zola au pluriel’ (Cambridge and Paris, 2015) and the annual Nineteenth Century French Studies Colloquium on the theme of Contamination (Princeton, 2015). She has a forthcoming article in the journal Word&Image on the relationship between Théophile Gautier and Eugène Atget’s empty cities.


EDITOR, Dix-Neuf

Dr Helen Abbott
University of Sheffield

Helen Abbott is Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Sheffield. She specialises in poetry and poetics, music and aesthetics 1850-1950, with particular emphasis on theories of voice, song, and performance. Her publications include Between Baudelaire and Mallarmé: Voice, Conversation, and Music (Ashgate, 2009) and Parisian Intersections: Baudelaire’s Legacy to Composers (Peter Lang, 2012).

EDITOR, Dix-Neuf

Dr Cheryl Krueger
University of Virginia

Cheryl Krueger is Associate Professor of French at the University of Virginia, where she teaches courses on French literature, culture and cinema. In addition to her editorial work for Dix-Neuf, she serves on the AAUSC editorial board.  Krueger is currently an elected member of the MLA’s Nineteenth-Century French Literature Division Executive Committee. She is author of The Art of Procrastination: Baudelaire’s Poetry in Prose (University of Delaware, 2007), and editor of the forthcoming Approaches to Teaching Baudelaire’s Prose Poems (MLA). She has co-authored the textbooks Tâches d’encre and Mise-en-scène: Cinéma et Lecture. Her articles have appeared in journals including: Dix-Neuf, French Forum, Foreign Language Annals, Literature/Film Quarterly, NCFS, Romance Notes, and Women in French Studies. Her current research focuses on olfaction, perfume and smell culture, in relation to 19th-century French fiction.

WEB_FRIENDLY_Valentina_Gosetti_photographed_by_Andrew_Ogilvy_photography_2_a.jpgDr Valentina Gosetti
University of New England (Australia)

Valentina Gosetti is Lecturer in French at the University of New England (Australia), following her years as Kathleen Bourne Junior Research Fellow in French and Comparative Literature at St Anne’s College, in the University of Oxford. Her main research interests include 19th century French poetry and the development of prose poetry, provincial “auto-exoticism” in the 19th century, and transnational press, especially French periodicals published in London during the long nineteenth century. She is the author of Aloysius Bertrand’s ‘Gaspard de la Nuit’: Beyond the Prose Poem (2016). She is also interested in poetry translation, especially into Italian minority languages. She administers the Society’s website, Facebook page, and Twitter account, and moderates its mailing list.


Prof. Robert Lethbridge
University of Cambridge

Prof. Tim Unwin
University of Bristol


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