Email: M dot Whiskin at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 23334
Office in room H4.39
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University of Warwick
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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 the period of the Great War.
- Co-edited with David Bagot, Iran and the West, Cultural Perceptions from the Sasanian Empire to the Islamic Republic (London: I.B.Tauris, 2018)
- Narrative Structure and Philosophical Debates in Tristram Shandy and Jacques le fataliste (London: MHRA, 2014)
ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS:
- 'Between Fantasy and Philosophy: Sa'di, Translator of Voltaire's Zadig', in special issue 'Sa'di At Large', Iranian Studies, published online in 2019 https://doi.org/10.1080/00210862.2019.1646119
- 'Caricature of a British gentleman, portrait of a French soldier: Humour and nationality in André Maurois' Les Silences du Colonel Bramble', in eds Nicolas Bianchi and Toby Garfitt, Writing the Great War: Francophone and Anglophone Poetics (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2017), 277-298
'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).
- FR326 Literatures of the Great War
- FR350 The French Revolution
- FR122 Cultural Landmarks: Love, Language and Power
- FR301 essay and translation.
- FR121 Story of Modern France
- academic convenor for the SMLC SSLC and Student-Staff Liaison Committee in French
- Student Voice lead
- BC language assistantship coordinator for French
- widening participation coordinator for French
MA (Sorbonne), PhD (St Andrews)
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Thursday 2-3 pm
Tuesday 11-12 noon
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