Prof. Jennifer Yee

Jennifer Yee, D.E.A., Ph.D. (Paris)
Professor of Literature in French


My research interests include Balzac, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Zola, colonial and ‘exotic’ writing, Proust, art history, and twentieth-century francophone writing. My most recent book, The Colonial Comedy: Imperialism in the French Realist Novel, was published with Oxford University Press in June 2016. See book reviews by Susan Hiner, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, 45: 3-4 (2017) and Robert Lethbridge, Journal of European Studies, 47: 2 (June 2017).


French language and literature, especially nineteenth-century literature.

Graduate Teaching

I teach for the MSt Special Subjects on Nineteenth-Century Prose and Francophone Literature. I have supervised/am supervising D.Phil theses on nineteenth-century women travellers in the ‘Orient’, Proust and Awkwardness, Literary Vocation in Proust and Dante, Decadence and French ‘Indochina’, and writing and etching in the work of the Goncourt brothers. I am willing to consider DPhil supervision on many areas of nineteenth-century literature, some areas of twentieth-century literature, and some areas linking literature and art.


‘Baudelaire and the Chinese Object’, in L’Esprit créateur, 58:1 (2018), special issue on ‘Baudelaire and Other People’ edited by Maria Scott and Alexandra Wettlaufer, 101-113

‘Colonizing the Canon: Metonymy and Metropolitan Fiction’, in French Studies 72:2 (April 2018, special issue on A Postcolonial Nineteenth Century, edited by Charles Forsdick and Jennifer Yee)

‘“La Beauté”: Art and Dialogism in the Poetry of Baudelaire’, in Neophilologus 102: 1 (2018), 1-14

‘L’Empereur désincarné, ou comment Zola démonte la théorie du Grand Homme’, in Les Cahiers naturalistes, 91 (September 2017), 191-205

Balzac and the African Explorer: Cognitive Mapping of the faubourg Saint-Germain’, in Nineteenth-Century French Studies, 45.3–4 (2017), 163-178

The Colonial Comedy: Imperialism in the French Realist Novel (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016)

‘Exoticism and Colonialism’, in Cambridge Companion to French Literature, ed. by John D. Lyons (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp. 151-167

‘“Like an apparition”: Oriental ghosting in Flaubert’s Éducation sentimentale’, in French Studies, A Quarterly Review, 67:3 (July 2013)

‘Romantisme et empires coloniaux’, articles in Dictionnaire du Romantisme, Alain Vaillant, CNRS Éditions, 2012

‘Undermining Exoticism: Flaubert’s use of antithesis in L’Éducation sentimentale’, in Dix-Neuf, Journal of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes, 15: 1, April 2011, pp.26-36

‘Mementoes and the Memory of the Reader in L’Éducation sentimentale’, in Dix-Neuf, Journal of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes, 14: 1, April 2010, pp. 1-12

‘The Black Maid and her Mistress in Manet and Zola’, in The Monstrous and The Beautiful: Essays in French Literature, ed. by Amaleena Damlé and Aurélie L’Hostis, Peter Lang, 2010, pp. 167-180

‘French Theory and the Exotic’ in Postcolonial Thought in the French-Speaking World, ed. by Charles Forsdick and David Murphy, Liverpool University Press, 2009, pp. 185-194

Exotic Subversions in Nineteenth-Century French Fiction (Oxford: Legenda, 2008). See book review at:

‘“Le colonisateur chevaleresque”’: Colonial Feminism and the roman à thèse in the Belle Époque’, in Women in France: a Belle Époque?, Di Holmes and Carrie Tarr (Berghahn, 2006)

Editor, with Kathryn Robson, France and ‘Indochina’: Cultural Representations (Lanham/New York: Lexington Books, 2005)

‘Recycling the “Colonial Harem”? Women in Postcards from French Indochina’, French Cultural Studies, 15:1 (February 2004), 5-19,  Article Weblink

‘Batouala, the First “Roman Nègre” and Dialogism: Writing “Difference” or Writing “Differently”’, Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 2: 2 (2004), 51-66

‘Chateaubriand et l’exotisme subversif des Natchez’, Les Cahiers du SIELEC, 1 (2003), 167-182

‘Métissage in France: a Post-Modern Fantasy and its Forgotten Precedents’, Modern and Contemporary France, 11:4 (November 2003)

‘Articles on ‘René’ and ‘Gérard de Nerval’’, in Encyclopædia of Romanticism (Fitzroy Dearborn, 2003)

Editor, with Nigel Harkness, Paul Rowe, Tim Unwin, Visions/Revisions: Essays on Nineteenth-Century French Culture (Bern: Peter Lang, 2003)

‘À rebours de l’exotisme: la province et le foyer familial vus des colonies’, Revue de Littérature Comparée, April-June (2003), 155-168

‘L’Orientale, l’être de fuite par excellence, chez Pierre Loti et ses héritiers’, in L’Orient des Femmes, ed. M.-E. Palmier-Chatelain and P. Lavagne d’Ortigue (Paris: Presses de l’École Normale Supérieure, 2002), 257-266

Editor, Pierre Mille, Barnavaux aux colonies suivi d’Écrits sur la littérature coloniale, a re-edition with introduction and critical apparatus by Jennifer Yee (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2002)

‘Malaria and the Femme Fatale: Sex and Death in French Colonial Africa’, Literature and Medicine, Fall (2002), 201-215

‘“L’Indochine androgyne”: the Curious Theme of Androgyny in Turn-of-the-century French Writing on “Indochina”’, Textual Practice, 15: 2, Summer (2001), pp. 269-282

‘The Colonial Outsider: “Malgérie” in Hélène Cixous’ Novel Les rêveries de la femme sauvage’, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, 20: 2, Winter (2001), pp. 189-200

‘Trahison et traduction: les relations entre l’homme blanc et la femme exotique dans quelques romans de l’Indochine française’, Carnets de l’exotisme, 22 (2000), 159-176

Clichés de la femme exotique: un regard sur la littérature coloniale française entre 1871 et 1914 (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2000)

‘Colonial Virility and the Femme fatale: Scenes from the Battle of the Sexes in French Indochina’, French Studies, A Quarterly Review, 54: 4, Oct. (2000), pp. 469-478

‘La Tahoser de Gautier et la Salammbô de Flaubert: l’Orientale et le voyage au-delà de l’histoire’, Australian Journal of French Studies, 36: 2 (1999), 188-199

‘Neither Flesh Nor Fowl: “Métissage” in fin-de-siècle French Colonial Fiction’, L’Esprit créateur, 37: 1, Spring (1998), pp. 46-56

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