Officers of the Society




Prof. Jennifer Yee
University of Oxford

Jennifer Yee is Professor of Literature in French at the University of Oxford. Her research and teaching are on literature in French from 1721 to the present, with particular interests in colonialism and postcolonial issues. Her latest book, The Colonial Comedy: Imperialism in the French Realist Novel, was published with Oxford University Press in 2016. She is also the author of Clichés de la femme exotique: un regard sur la littérature coloniale française entre 1871 et 1914 (L’Harmattan, 2000) and Exotic Subversions in Nineteenth-Century French Fiction (Legenda, 2008). She co-edited France and ‘Indochina’: Cultural Representations (Lexington, 2005) and is currently co-editing French Decadence in Global Context: Colonialism and Exoticism. She has published articles and chapters on subjects that include colonial literature, colonial postcardsmétissage, androgyny, medicine and literature, Chinese art, Indochina, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Balzac, Zola and Cixous. She is a member of the editorial/advisory boards of the Australian Journal of French StudiesDix-Neufand Balzac Review/Revue Balzac as well as commissioning editor of the nineteenth-century French desk for the Literary Encyclopedia.

Profile photo SDN OrsayDr Vladimir Kapor
University of Manchester

Vladimir Kapor is lecturer in French at the University of Manchester. His research interests include exoticism and local colour in 19th-century French literature and art, and the colonial literature and culture of the Third French Republic. His publications include Pour une poétique de l’écriture exotique (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2007) and Local Colour – A Travelling Concept (Oxford: Peter Lang “Romanticism and After in France”, 2009); most recently he has edited two documentary anthologies, Marius-Ary Leblond, Ecrits sur la littérature colonial (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2012) and Le Grand Prix de littérature coloniale 1921-1938 : Lauréats, jugements, controversies, volumes 1 and 2 (Paris: L’Harmattan 2018).



Dr Daniel Finch-Race
University of Bristol

Dan Finch-Race FHEA is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Bristol and the British Liaison of the Société des Études Romantiques et Dix-neuviémistes. His solo publications include an issue of Nineteenth-Century Contexts (‘Poetics of Place’, 2019) and several articles that bring modern French culture into contact with the environmental humanities. As co-editor, he worked with Jeff Barda on Textures (Peter Lang, 2015), with Stephanie Posthumus on French Ecocriticism (Peter Lang, 2017), and with Julien Weber on issues of Dix-Neuf (‘Ecopoetics/L’Écopoétique’, 2015) and L’Esprit créateur (‘French Ecocriticism/L’Écocritique française’, 2017). He and Valentina Gosetti are responsible for a co-authored article in L’Esprit créateur (2018) and a double issue of Dix-Neuf (‘Ecoregions’, 2019).



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
University of Southampton


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Beatrice Fagan
University of Kent

Beatrice Fagan is a PhD Student at the University of Kent where she is funded by a CHASE AHRC Studentship Award. Her thesis topic is ‘Literary and Medical Representations of Maternity in Nineteenth-Century France.’ Her main research interests include literature and medicine, the representation of the female body and the medical gaze in nineteenth-century France.


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).


Dr Caroline Ardrey
University of Birmingham
Twitter: @carolineardrey

Caroline Ardrey is lecturer in French at the University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century French poetry and its interaction with other art forms—in particular music and fashion—and with popular culture.  After completing a DPhil at St Anne’s College, Oxford on Stéphane Mallarmé’s fashion magazine La Dernière Mode, Caroline joined the Baudelaire Song Project (AHRC-funded 2015 – 2019, directed by Helen Abbott), as Research Associate in 2015. She was appointed as lecturer at the University of Birmingham in 2017. Caroline has published on Baudelaire and popular music, Mallarmé and fashion, and on digital approaches to reading nineteenth-century French poetry. Caroline is the administrator for the SDN website, Facebook page and Twitter account throughout 2020, and will be moderating the Society’s mailing list.


WEB_FRIENDLY_Valentina_Gosetti_photographed_by_Andrew_Ogilvy_photography_2_a.jpgDr Valentina Gosetti (on leave in 2020)
University of New England (Australia)
Twitter: @GosettiV

Valentina Gosetti is a poetry translator, a Senior Lecturer in French, and an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2020-2023) 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, University of Oxford. Her main research interests include 19th-century provincial / regional poetry, poetry translation, and women poetry. She authored Aloysius Bertrand’s ‘Gaspard de la Nuit’: Beyond the Prose Poem (Legenda, 2016), co-edited, with Alistair Rolls, Still Loitering: Australian Essays in Honour of Ross Chambers (Peter Lang, 2020), and co-edited and translated the bilingual anthology Donne: Poeti di Francia e oltre (Ladolfi, 2017) with Adriano Marchetti and Andrea Bedeschi. With Dan Finch-Race, she co-edited a double issue of Dix-Neuf (‘Ecoregions’, 2019).


Prof. Robert Lethbridge
University of Cambridge

Prof. Tim Unwin
University of Bristol