MA Hons (Edin), PhD(Edin), Officier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques
Membership of professional bodies
I am a past President of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes (www.sdn.ac.uk) and the immediate past President of the Society for French Studies (www.sfs.ac.uk). I am currently Vice-President of the Society for French Studies.
I served as Joint Editor of 'Romance Studies' (Maney Publishing) between 1999 and 2008. Beyond the University, I have served on the Executive Committees of the following scholarly societies and associations: the Society for French Studies (2002–2008, 2009-), the Association of University Professors and Heads of French (2006–08) and the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes (2007–2010).
Areas of expertise
My research interests lie in the later-nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially poetry and the novel with a particular focus on the interrelation of literary modernism and visual culture. I published 'The Material, the Real and the Fractured Self: Subjectivity and Representation from Rimbaud to Réda (University of Toronto Press) in 2004.
Following on from a short study of Zola (University of Glasgow, 1998), I wrote 'Zola, the Body Modern: Pressures and Prospects of Representation' (Legenda, 2010). I am currently editing 'The Art of the Text', a collection of essays developed from the conference I organised at Bristol in 2008.
With Timothy Unwin, I co-edited 'Joie de vivre in French Literature and Culture' (Rodopi, 2009). With Andrew Watts (Birmingham), I co-edited a volume on literary and cultural memory in nineteenth-century France (Rodopi, 2012).
I am currently working on a study of colour (chroma) in modern French poetry and poetics.