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BA (Union College), MA (Ohio State), AM, PhD (Brown)
Editor, Nineteenth-Century French Studies

Harassment Officer, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages


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.'


My research interests are in modern French literature. My work has focused in particular on poetry of the nineteenth century, and on questions of subjectivity, authority, collaboration, parody, reading, and form: on authors including Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Krysinska, and on literature from the Second Empire, the time of the Paris Commune, and the fin de siècle. Since 2014, I have been 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. I’m also a member of the research group IHRIM (Institut d’Histoire des Représentations et des Idées dans les Modernités). I'm currently working on the relationship between prosopopoeia and the lyric, from the nineteenth century to the present.

Undergraduate teaching

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

Graduate teaching

I'm happy to consider DPhil supervision on moden poetry and related areas, including but not limited to genre, the lyric, gender, voice, form, and translation.

I'm currently supervising one DPhil student: Rebecca Boyd, 'Queer identities in the works of Renée Vivien'

Selected Publications


Reading Baudelaire's Le Spleen de Paris and the Nineteenth-Century Prose Poem (OUP, 2022)

Arthur Rimbaud (Reaktion, 2018)

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

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


Edited volumes, critical editions, and translations

(coeditor, with Henri Scepi) Le Parnasse contemporain: recueil de vers nouveaux (Classiques Garnier, 2024)

(editor) Rimbaud, Verlaine et Cie, « un devoir à chercher ». À la mémoire de Yann Frémy (Classiques Garnier, 2023)

(coeditor, with Florence Goulesque) Marie Krysinska, Œuvres complètes (6 vols, Honoré Champion, 2022-2026; vol. 1 is Marie Krysinska, Rythmes pittoresques, ed. Seth Whidden)

(coeditor and co-translator, with Corry Cropper) Velocipedomania: A Cultural History of the Velocipede in France (Bucknell, 2022)

(translator) Dominique Noguez, The Three Rimbauds (Seagull, 2022)

(coeditor, with Robert St. Clair) La Commune n'est pas morte...; special issue of Nineteenth-Century French Studies (2021)

(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 (Classiques 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)

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

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