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Dr Maria Scott

Lecturer in French

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My teaching and research to date have focused on 19th-century literature and culture. Until now, most of my publications have focused on the work of the novelist Stendhal and the poet Charles Baudelaire, both of whom were also art critics. As the titles of my monographs suggest, I like to read works from unorthodox angles: Baudelaire's 'Le Spleen de Paris': Shifting Perspectives (Ashgate, 2005) and Stendhal's Less-Loved Heroines: Fiction, Freedom, and the Female (Legenda, 2013). The Baudelaire book won the R. H. G.apper Book Prize for the best monograph published in 2005 by a scholar working in the field of French studies and based in the UK or Ireland. The Stendhal book was published in French by Garnier in 2015. I recently co-edited, with Dr Francesco Manzini, a special issue of the journal Dix-Neuf on the subject of Stendhal in the 21st century (http://www.maneyonline.com/toc/dix/19/1).

I am currently very interested in the notion that reading fiction can help to develop empathy in readers; I am exploring (and problematising) this idea from the perspective of (French) Literary Studies, looking at what literary fiction and literary theory have to say on the subject. I am also interested in critical theories of the visual; in theories of gender, including links between gender and reading; and generally in the processes involved in the reception of literary and visual texts. Current and future projects focus on pre-critical responses to texts, more specifically on (1) the treatment of fascination in French nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, philosophy, visual arts, cinema and (2) the problem of readerly identification.

In 2014 I became an ASPIRE Fellow. See http://as.exeter.ac.uk/aspire/

 

 

 

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