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Professor Catriona Seth

MA, Maîtrise, DEA, PhD, HDR
University Academic Fellow since 2015
Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature
Professor of 18th-century French literature, Université de Lorraine
  • Background

    • World Leading Researcher at Queen's University, Belfast (from 2013 to 2014)
    • Tenured lecturer (Maître de conferences) in 18th-century French literature, Université de Rouen (from 2000 to 2006)
    • Professeur agrégé, Académie de Rouen (from 1995 to 2000)
    • Agrégée de l'Université (1995)
    • Translator and Interpreter, then Management Consultant in Paris (from 1986 to 1994)
    • Postgraduate at the Sorbonne (from 1986)
    • Undergraduate at Magdalen (from 1982 to 1986)
  • Research interests

    • The history of ideas
    • French literature of the long 18th-century (particularly 1760-1820)
    • Contemporary fiction in French
    • Autobiographical writing
    • Medical humanities
  • Selected publications

    • Évariste Parny (1753-1814). Créole, révolutionnaire, academician, Paris: Hermann, 2014
    • La Fabrique de l’intime. Mémoires et journaux de femmes du XVIIIe siècle, Paris: Laffont, Bouquins, 2013.
    • Nobody’s Children? Enlightenment Foundlings, Identity and individual Rights, 2012 Burgerhart Lecture, Valkenswaard: Hola Press, 2012
    • Laclos, Les Liaisons dangereuses, Catriona Seth (ed.), Paris: Gallimard, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, 2011
    • Les Rois aussi en mouraient. Les Lumières en lutte contre la petite vérole, Paris: Desjonquères, L’esprit des lettres, 2008
    • Marie-Antoinette. Anthologie et dictionnaire, Paris: Robert Laffont, coll. Bouquins, 2006
    • André Chénier. Le miracle du siècle, Paris: Presses de l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne, Mémoire de la critique, 2005
    • Les poètes créoles du XVIIIe siècle, Paris-Rome: Memini, Bibliographie des écrivains français, 1998
  • Teaching and supervision

    • Professor Seth is currently supervising a number of graduates working on literature and the history of ideas from the 18th century to the present and welcomes enquiries from prospective students.
  • Other professional memberships and roles

    • Chair of the Société Française d’Étude du Dix-huitième Siècle
    • Member of the Editorial Board of La Nouvelle Quinzaine Littéraire
    • Director of the Bibliothèque du XVIIIe siècle, Masculin/Féminin and Rencontres series for Classiques Garnier
    • Member of the Franco-British Council
  • Research awards and grants

    • Lead researcher ANR/DFG EDULUM project with R. von Kulessa Kulessa (Université de Lorraine-Universität Augsburg), 2015-2018.
    • Prime d’excellence scientifique, 2010-2016.
    • Chawton House Fellowship, 2012.
    • Participant ANR EUTERPE project 2007-2010.
    • Prime d’encadrement doctoral et de recherche, 2006-2010.
    • Zaharoff Travelling Scholarship, 1986.
    • Senior Heath Harrison Scholarship, 1986.
    • Doncaster Essay Prize, 1985.