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



Dr Manon Mathias
University of Glasgow

Manon Mathias is Lecturer in French at the University of Glasgow. She is the author of Vision in the Novels of George Sand (OUP: 2015). Her research interests include art-text relations, literature and science, dirt theory, medical humanities, and food history. Her current project is an interdisciplinary study of digestive health in nineteenth-century French culture.


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 Aude Campmas



Giada Alessandroni
University of Exeter

Giada Alessandroni is a PhD student in the French Department at the University of Exeter, working on the representation of female homosociality in Belle époque female-authored literature. She is guest editor for the 2018 Summer special issue of L’Esprit Créateur ‘Femmes Créa(c)tives: Francophone Women’s Creativity in its Socio-Political Contexts’ with Sandra Daroczi and Gemma Edney. Since 2015, she is one of the editors and contributors for the project War in Other Words.


EDITOR, Dix-Neuf

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A/Prof. Masha Belenky
George Washington University

Masha Belenky is Associate Professor of French at the George Washington University. Her research and teaching focus on nineteenth-century French popular literature and culture, the novel, cultural studies, and urban studies. She is the author of The Anxiety of Dispossession: Jealousy in Nineteenth-Century French Culture (Bucknell UP), and co-editor, with Rachel Mesch, of a special number of Dix-Neuf titled State of the Union: Marriage in Nineteenth-Century France. Her articles have appeared in Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Dix-Neuf, Romance Studies, and Dalhousie French Studies. Most recently she has co-edited French Cultural Studies in the 21st Century (Delaware UP), a volume of essays that examine newest approaches to popular culture. Her current book project focuses on the relationship between early mass transit and popular culture and ways in which they shaped the concept of modernity in nineteenth-century France. She is delighted to be joining the editorial team of Dix-Neuf, a journal she had long admired.

EDITOR, Dix-Neuf

Duffy_21Feb2018Dr Larry Duffy 
University of Kent

Larry Duffy is Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Kent. His research interests lie in the interplay between literary, scientific, and medical discourses in nineteenth-century France. Recent and forthcoming publications include journal articles on medical and pharmaceutical themes in the works of Flaubert, Zola and Huysmans, and on Michel Houellebecq’s latter-day articulation of nineteenth-century preoccupations. His monograph Flaubert, Zola and the Incorporation of Disciplinary Knowledge was published by Palgrave in 2015.

EDITOR, Dix-Neuf

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University of Birmingham

Dr Andrew Watts is lecturer in French Studies at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of Preserving the Provinces: Small Town and Countryside in the Work of Honoré de Balzac (2007), Adapting Nineteenth-Century France: Literature in Film, Theatre, Television, Radio and Print (with Kate Griffiths, 2013), and The History of French Literature on Film (with Kate Griffiths, due for publication in 2018/19).

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/regional poetry in the 19th century, and French-speaking women poets from Romanticism to today. She is the author of Aloysius Bertrand’s ‘Gaspard de la Nuit’: Beyond the Prose Poem (2016) and has edited and translated, with Adriano Marchetti and Andrea Bedeschi, the volume Donne: Poeti di Francia e oltre dal Romanticismo ad oggi (2017), a bilingual anthology of French-speaking women poets from Romanticism to today.  She is also interested in poetry translation into and from minority languages via her blog Transferre. 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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