Prof S Whidden

BA (Union College), MA (Ohio State), AM, PhD (Brown)
Fellow of The Queen’s College; Professor of French Literature
Editor, Nineteenth-Century French Studies

Introduction

Following my education in non-selective state schools in the U.S., I pursued undergraduate and postgraduate study and taught at both private and public institutions before coming to Oxford. I welcome applications from excellent students from all corners of the globe and from all walks of life. I also share the University’s commitment to an inclusive environment, which ‘promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected.’

Research

My research interests are in French literature of the nineteenth century. My work has focused in particular on poetry, and on questions of subjectivity, authority, collaboration, and parody. In addition to projects on Rimbaud, Verlaine, and on literature during the Second Empire and around the time of the Paris Commune, I am working on Baudelaire’s prose poetry. I am also the editor of the scholarly journal Nineteenth-Century French Studies, which received the 2016 Phoenix Prize for Significant Editorial Achievement from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. 

Undergraduate teaching

French language and literature of the modern period, especially the nineteenth century.

Graduate teaching

I’m regularly involved in the MSt in nineteenth-century French poetry. For graduate supervision, I am willing to consider DPhil supervision on nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century poetry and related areas, including but not limited to women poets, translation, genre, the lyric, and form. 

Selected Publications

Arthur Rimbaud (Reaktion, forthcoming August 2018)

Authority in Crisis in French Literature, 1850-1880 (Ashgate, 2014)

(editor) Marie Krysinska, Poèmes choisis, suivis d’Études critiques (Presses de l’université de Saint-Étienne, 2013)

(editor) La Poésie jubilatoire: Rimbaud, Verlaine et l’Album zutique (Garnier, 2010)

(coeditor, with Adrianna M. Paliyenko and Gretchen Schultz) Marie Krysinska: Innovations poétiques, combats littéraires (Presses de l’université de Saint-Étienne, 2010)

(editor) Models of Collaboration in Nineteenth-Century French Literature: Several Authors, One Pen (Ashgate, 2009)

(coeditor, with Pierre-Marc de Biasi and Déborah Boltz) Paul Verlaine, Chair / Hombres (Textuel, 2009)

Leaving Parnassus: The Lyric Subject in Verlaine and Rimbaud (Rodopi, 2007)

(editor and translator, with Wallace Fowlie) Arthur Rimbaud, Complete Works, Selected Letters (Chicago, 2005)

(editor) Marie Krysinska, Rythmes pittoresques (Exeter, 2003)

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