Dr Sophie Marnette

 
 

My current research project is entitled Quoting Her: Female Expression in Medieval French 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 co-editor of the French Studies, a journal that publishes articles and reviews spanning all areas of the subject, including language and linguistics (historical and contemporary), all periods and aspects of literature in France and the French-speaking world, thought and the history of ideas, cultural studies, film, and critical theory.


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 socio-economic systems, in collaboration with colleagues at LSE and the Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute.

Books



Speech and Thought Presentation in French

2005




Narrateur et points de vue dans la littérature médiévale

1998




Current Positions:

  1. -Fellow of Balliol College

  2. -Associate Professor of French Studies,

University of Oxford

- Co-editor of French Studies


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

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



Links

Teaching

Detailed CV

  1. Ci-Dit  www.ci-dit.com

  2. Voices in Medieval French Narrative

  3. Evolution of Socio-Economic Systems

  4. French Studies

 

Current Academic Activities