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Research overview

I work on French poetry from the C19th onwards, with a particular interest in questions of rhythm and form. I look at how aesthetic value is constructed, and how the idea of poetry in France evolves from Romanticism to the present day. I have a twofold interest in music: firstly, how poets use musical metaphors to articulate their poetics, and secondly, how composers respond to those aesthetic reflections when setting the poems to music. I also work on ecocritical approaches to literature, poetic expression from the regions of France, and literary representations of masculinity.

Research interests

I am interested in how poets use the form of their work to articulate broader aesthetic and cultural questions, and I have published work on Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Mallarmé, Banville, Laforgue, Verlaine, Valéry and Houellebecq from this perspective. I also have a twofold interest in music: firstly, how poets use musical metaphors to explore their poetics, and secondly, how composers such as Debussy, Fauré and Koechlin respond to that work by setting these poems to music. I have worked on ecocriticism, and have published articles on the relationship between poetics and the representation of the natural world in the poetry of Banville and Krysinska. I have recently developed an interest in the writing of Valery Larbaud, working on the poetry of early C20th cosmopolitanism from a translingual perspective.

Future research

I am currently preparing a monograph on the relationship between masculinity and poetic discourse, entitled Rhyme Like a Man: Poetic Masculinities in France 1820-1920.

Academic/Professional Qualification

BA (Hons), French, University of Durham; PhD, Nineteenth-century French poetry, University of Edinburgh; M.Sc. in French Studies, with distinction, University of Edinburgh.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality


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