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Professor Fiona Cox

Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature


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Research interests

Reception of classical literature (especially Virgil and Ovid) in nineteenth, twentieth and twenty first century literature and culture. My two main works in this area are Aeneas Takes the Metro - Virgil's Presence in Twentieth Century French Literature (Legenda, 1999) and Sibylline Sisters - Virgil's Presence in Contemporary Women's Writing (OUP, 2011)

I have published several chapters and articles on the artistic imagination of Victor Hugo, and am currently working on a project which analyses his transformation of epic conventions in Les Mis and how these processes foreshadow the preoccupations of the modern novel.

Translation: I am co-translator of Marius Roux's The Substance and the Shadow (Penn State, 2007). I have also published chapters and articles on translation.

Research supervision

I'd be delighted to hear from any research students interested in working on:

Classical Reception

Contemporary Women's Writing

Literary Translation (especially nineteenth, twentieth and twenty first centuries)

The French novel  - nineteenth and twentieth century

Research students

Dorota Rzycka - 'Dans le prisme de la belgitude - L'analyse des espaces belges dans l'oeuvre d'Emile Verhaeren et Jacques Brel'. PhD awarded 2011 UCC Ireland. Co-supervisor.

Kathleen Hamel - 'Ovid's Metamorphoses in Twentieth Century French Literature and Art' External Supervisor. (UCC- Ireland)

Catherine Burke - 'Homer's Presence in Twentieth Century French Literature' External Supervisor (UCC - Ireland)

Second Supervisor to Catrin Francis - 'The Politics of Appropriation in French Revolutionary Theatre'


Other information

I am currently on the Executive Committees of the Society for French Studies and of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes.

Invited Speaker:

Keynote address at the Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World, University of Birmingham, December 2012.

Virgil Translation Workshop, University of British Columbia, September 2012

Journée Virgile/ Ovide – Université de Lille III, November 2010

Vergil Society, Symposium at Cuma, Naples - June 2006

'Pastoral after Theocritus and Virgil' University of Crete, May 2006

Research Seminar Series - Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, University of Birmingham, November 2004.

Virgil Society, London, May 2002.