Dr Sophie Marnette

 
 

My current research project is entitled Quoting her: Discourse, Gender, and Genre in Medieval French Short Narratives and funded through a British Academy research grant.

It proposes a fresh interdisciplinary approach (i.e. linguistic, narratological and literary) that takes reported discourse as a meaningful criterion, based on textual evidences, to examine how female characters' discourse is framed and how it is expressed in medieval French narratives. Using a corpus of lais, fables and fabliaux ranging from the 12th to the 14th c., the analysis aims to assess whether female expression differs between these three literary genres and whether it is related to the specific ideologies that underlie each of them.


I lecture on topics ranging from Women and Medieval French Literature to Writing History in the Middle Ages and to set texts such as La Chanson de Roland, Béroul’s Tristan and Villon’s Testament. I also teach History of the French language.


I am a founding and executive member of Ci-dit, an international research group on reported discourse. I am also a member of the interdisciplinary research network:  ‘Voices in Medieval French Narrative (12th C. to 15th C.)’, funded by the British Academy.


Finally, I use my research in pragmatics and discourse analysis to explore the evolution of business ecosystems, in collaboration with colleagues at the Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute.

Books



Speech and Thought Presentation in French

2005







Narrateur et points de vue dans la littérature médiévale

1998



Current Positions:

- Chair of the Sub-Faculty of French

  1. -Professor of Medieval French Studies,

  University of Oxford

  1. -Fellow of Balliol College


Fields of Study:

Medieval French Language & Literature,

History of the French Language, Linguistics and Philology,

Discourse Analysis


Education:

  1. -Licence en Philologie Romane,

  Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1991

  1. -Ph. D. in French Linguistics,

University of California at Berkeley, 1996


Previous Posts:

  1. -Teaching Fellow,

  University of St. Andrews, 1996-7

  1. -Research Fellow,

  Gonville & Caius College,

  University of Cambridge, 1997-2001

  1. -Zaharoff Fellow in French Linguistics,

  University of Oxford, 2001-2003

  1. -Visiting Fellow, Council of the Humanities, Princeton University  2013

  2. -Co-editor of French Studies 2012-2015

  3. -Director of Oxford Medieval Studies Programme 2015-2017


Links

  1. Ci-Dit  www.ci-dit.com & Facebook

  2. Voices in Medieval French Narrative

  3. Evolution of Business Ecosystems

  4. Oxford Medieval Studies Programme

  5. #MedievalFrenchOxford

 

Current Academic Activities