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Dr Maria Scott

Senior Lecturer in French


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Telephone: 01392 725456

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 am currently very interested in the notion that reading fiction can help to develop empathy and intersubjective understanding 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. I welcome PhD  proposals in the area of nineteenth-century French studies, particularly (though not only) if they have a focus on Stendhal, Baudelaire, empathy, or gender studies. In 2018 I won the University of Exeter Student Guild award for Best Postgraduate Research Supervisor.

In 2014 I became an ASPIRE Fellow. See


  Destabilizing the Other in Baudelaire-Bertrand-Rimbaud


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