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
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 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 writing a book 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.
French language and literature of the modern period, especially the nineteenth century.
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.
(coeditor, with Henri Scepi) Le Parnasse contemporain: recueil de vers nouveaux (Garnier, 2023)
(coeditor, with Florence Goulesque) Marie Krysinska, Œuvres complètes (6 volumes, Champion, 2020-2023)
(coeditor, with Robert St. Clair) La Commune n’est pas morte…; special issue of Nineteenth-Century French Studies (2021)
Reading Baudelaire’s Le Spleen de Paris: The Contradictions of Prose Poetry (working title)
(cotranslator, with Corry Cropper) Le Grand Jacques [Richard Lesclide], The Manual of the Velocipede (under consideration)
(translator) Dominique Noguez, The Three Rimbauds (Seagull, 2021)
Arthur Rimbaud (Reaktion, 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)
(translator, with Wallace Fowlie) Arthur Rimbaud, Complete Works, Selected Letters (Chicago, 2005)
(editor) Marie Krysinska, Rythmes pittoresques (Exeter, 2003)