Helen Craske

Helen Craske, BA (Oxon) MSt (Oxon)

Research Interests:

My DPhil thesis explores the notion of ‘Complicity’ - defined as a sense of shared crime and guilt — in relation to French fin-de-siècle literary culture. I aim to analyse not only the depiction of criminal and subversive activities, but also how specific textual strategies and modes of reception encouraged the creation of relationships of collusion between writers, readers, and critics. 

Although my research project is centred on literature from the first half of the Third Republic (c.1870-1914), I am interested more broadly in the literary production and culture of the ‘long’ nineteenth century (c.1789-1914), and my other academic interests include: libertinage, Roland Barthes, and literary theory.


‘Desire and the demi-vierge: the Impenetrable Ideal in Decadent Fiction’ – Dix-Neuf , 2018. DOI: 10.1080/14787318.2018.1476438 

‘La Marquise de Sade’, The Literary Encyclopedia, First published 26 July 2017.



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