Sarah Jones

3rd year DPhil student (Oriel College)

Clore Graduate Scholar

MA in French Literature and Culture (King’s College London)

Sévigné Scholar

BA (Hons) in French and History (King’s College London)

 

Doctoral Research

My doctoral research seeks to understand the intersections of science, medical practice, and narrative with discourses of gender, class, and race in the nineteenth-century French novel. My specialist authors are Stendhal, Honoré de Balzac, and Émile Zola. I propose that the doctor-patient encounter is the central site of these interfaces. Studying how medicine is negotiated through interactions between practitioner and patient suggests ways that tropes of gender and power are resisted, warped, transformed, and inverted in French literature. My thesis draws on a range of literary, medical, scientific, and legal discourses.

 

Research Interests

The long nineteenth century, French fiction, the medical humanities, literary theory, narratology.

 

Publications

  • Review of Stendhal ‘Romantique?’, Stendhal et le Romantisme européen, Marie-Rose Corrodor (ed.) (Grenoble, ELLUG, 2016) in French Studies, 25th September 2017.
  • Le Docteur Pascal’, The Literary Encyclopedia, Volume 1.5.2.05, Nineteenth-Century French Writing and Culture, 1800-1900. Vol. editors: Edward Forman (University of Bristol), Nigel Harkness (University of Newcastle upon Tyne), Tim Unwin (University of Bristol), David Williams (University of Sheffield), Jennifer Yee (Oxford University).
  • ‘Armance’, The Literary Encyclopedia, Volume 1.5.2.05, Nineteenth-Century French Writing and Culture, 1800-1900. Vol. editors: Edward Forman (University of Bristol), Nigel Harkness (University of Newcastle upon Tyne), Tim Unwin (University of Bristol), David Williams (University of Sheffield), Jennifer Yee (Oxford University).

 

Conference and Seminar Papers (selected)

  • ‘Doctoring the Nineteenth-Century: Foucault, Stendhal, and the disease of vanité in Orleanist France’, presented at the Society for French Studies, University of Durham, 3-5 July 2017
  • ‘Idealizations, Medicalizations: Moore’s Utopia (1516) and Balzac’s Le Médecin de campagne’, presented at the Société des Dix-Neuviémistes Conference ‘The Body/Le Corps’, University of Kent, Canterbury, 10-12 April 2017
  • ‘The Early Modern Utopia and Modern Medicine’, presented at University of Oxford Medieval and Modern Languages Research Away Day, All Soul’s College, Oxford, 11th January 2017
  • Lamiel(s): Editing Stendhal’s Last Novel’, presented at University of Fribourg-University of Oxford study day on editorial practices, Maison Française d’Oxford, Oxford, 25 November 2016
  • ‘Medicalized Spaces in Madame Bovary’: Hysteria and Domestic Space, the Doctor and his Wife’, presented at ‘Domestic Space in France and Belgium: Art, Literature, and Design (c.1850-1920), Queen’s University Belfast, 16-17 September 2016
  • ‘Fragmented Medical Authority in Madame Bovary: The Cases of Charles Bovary, Homais, Dr Canivet and Dr Larivière’, presented at Société des Dix-Neuviémistes Postgraduate Conference ‘Fragments/Morceaux’, Trinity College Cambridge, 9 September 2016

 

Teaching

  • 2017-18: Graduate Seminar Tutor for Literary Theory module of French Sole, University of Oxford
  • 2016-17: Non-Stipendiary Lecturer in French for Oriel College, University of Oxford
    • Paper IIa Translation (2nd year)
    • Paper III Short Texts — Baudelaire (Prelims)
  • Hilary 2017: Graduate Teaching Assistant in French for Hertford College, University of Oxford

 

Organizational Roles (selected)

  • 2017-present: Co-founder and -convenor of Literature: Medicine, Science, and Technologies Early Career Network (University of Oxford and King’s College London)
  • 2016-present: Co-convenor of the French Graduate Seminar (University of Oxford)
  • 2016-17: French Subject Graduate Representative
  • 2015-16: Co-convenor of TORCH and AHRC funded conference ‘Doctor, Doctor: Global and Historical Perspectives on the Doctor-Patient Relationship’ (March 2017, St Anne’s, University of Oxford)
  • 2015-16: Treasurer of the Medieval and Modern Languages Graduate Network

 

Outreach

  • 15th March 2017, Lecture and Seminar for Oxford Pathways, Oriel College
  • 10th January 2017, Workshop co-organizer for Medieval and Modern Languages ‘French Literature’ Masterclass, University of Oxford
  • 1st December, 2016, Outreach Facilitator at the John Hampden Grammar School, High Wycombe

Memberships

  • Society for French Studies
  • Société des Dix-Neuviémistes

 

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