Email: M dot Whiskin at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 23334
Office in room H4.39
Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
I studied French and Comparative Literature at La Sorbonne Paris-IV where I did my undergraduate studies (2002–2005) and my Masters degree (2005–2007). My Masters dissertation, supervised by François Lecercle, and entitled ‘La poésie française et britannique de la Première Guerre Mondiale’, was a comparative study of French and British poetry of the First World War. Keen to pursue my interest in Comparative Literature, I did a PhD at the University of St Andrews under the supervision of Dr Tom Jones from the School of English and Dr David Culpin from the French Department. Studying the connections between literature and philosophy, but also the differences and similarities between Sterne's and Diderot's approach, my thesis was entitled ‘Narrative Structure and Philosophical Debates in Tristram Shandy and Jacques le fataliste’. I obtained my doctoral degree in 2012.
Before joining French Studies at Warwick in September 2013, I taught French and English language and literature at the University of St Andrews, at La Sorbonne Paris-IV, at l'Ecole des Chartes and at the Institut d'Art et d'Archéologie of Paris.
My research is informed by my interest in French and English literature during the long eighteenth century, and in the connections between literature and philosophy, especially within dialogues.
I am currently working on French and British Dialogues of the Dead from 1660 to 1800 in connection with their historical and cultural context.
In the context of my doctoral thesis, I have produced the first full-length comparative study in French or English of Tristram Shandy by Sterne and Jacques le fataliste by Diderot, and demonstrated the ways in which their narratives affect the various philosophical debates taking place within the texts. This thesis has been published as a monograph:
Narrative Structure and Philosophical Debates in Tristram Shandy and Jacques le fataliste (London: MHRA, 2014) http://www.whiskin.mhra.org.uk/
I have also published a review on 'Le Bizarre and le Décousu in the Novels and Theoretical Works of Denis Diderot: How the idea of Marginality Originated in Eighteenth-Century France, by Barbara Abrams' in Forum for Modern Language Studies 2011; published at http://fmls.oxfordjournals.org/ on December 22, 2011 (10.1093/fmls/cqr045).
I am organising a conference on Iranian perceptions of the West and Western perceptions of Iran from Antiquity to the present day, entitled 'Iran and the West: Converging Perspectives', and in collaboration with Dr James Hodkinson from German Studies at Warwick and Dr David Bagot from the School of History at the University of St Andrews. This conference will be held at the University of Warwick between 1 and 3 July 2015.
I am the module coordinator for FR326 Literatures of the Great War, a module I co-created and I am co-teaching with Dr Amanda Hopkins. This module offers a comparative study of French and British literature produced during the First World War.
I am the academic convenor for the Staff-Student Liaison Committee in French Studies, and the course coordinator for French with Theatre Studies and French with Sociology (only in term 1).
MA (Sorbonne), PhD (St Andrews)
Wednesday 12–1 pm
Iran and the West: Converging Perspectives
1–3 July 2015