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Séverine Genieys-Kirk graduated in Anglo-American studies and specialised in Elizabethan and Jacobean Literatures at the University of Nanterre, Paris X, where she took her MA (Maîtrise) in 1995 and her D.E.A (Diplôme d’études approfondies) in 1997.
From 1997 to 2002, she pursued her doctoral studies on women’s writing in early modern France and England at the University of Glasgow.
From 2001 to 2004, she was a post-doctoral fellow at University College Dublin, and from 2004 to 2005, she held a lecturership in French in the same institution.
Then a recipient of an IRCHSS (Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences) Post-doctoral Fellowship Award (October 2005-December 2006), she started working on one of her new research projects at the National University of Ireland (Maynooth): ‘The Gender of Knowledge: Madeleine-Angélique de Gomez (1684-1770) and the transmission of women’s writing in France, Britain and Ireland’.
And after a swift move from Ireland back to Scotland, she joined the French section at the University of Edinburgh in January 2007.
From 2004 to 2011, she was part of the administrative committee of SIEFAR (Société Internationale pour l’Etude des Femmes sous l’Ancien Régime), in whose research activities she has been actively involved ever since. Since 2006, she has been a member of the Utrecht-based research group NEWWS(‘New Approaches to European Women’s Writing 1700-1900’).
Her current research interests are in the field of early modern European literature, with particular focus on early modern women’s writing in France and England (e.g Mary Wroth, Madeleine de Scudéry, Eliza Haywood, Madeleine-Angélique de Gomez, Ann Thicknesse); translation studies (more specifically literary migrations in the 17th- and 18th- centuries, including parodies and adaptations of novels in the long eighteenth century); the history of women's writing; interaction between literature and the visual arts from the Renaissance to the present day, with a particular interest in Baroque/ Rococo aesthetics.
Postgraduate applications in any of these areas would be welcome.
In 2010-2011, she was the recipient of an AHRC award for her project: Women’s spaces, voices and bodies: a cross-cultural study of female-authored prose in early modern Europe 1500-1700, from which arises her monograph 'Female-authored Prose in Early Modern Europe (1500-1700): a cross-cultural study' (Ashgate, forthcoming). She is also currently completing a co-authord project: The Great Reading Frenzy of Paris: A Parisian Publishing Cartel, and an inventory of their joint collaboration (1653-1710) in collaboration with Professor Emeritus C.E.J. Caldicott.
She recently contributed to a milestone anthology of French female playwrights in which she edited, and annotated two of Madeleine-Angélique Gomez’s plays, Habis (1714) and Marsidie (1724) in A. Auvain, H. Goldwyn and P. Gethner (eds.), Anthologie du théâtre des femmes, 16ième-18ième siècle, vol. 3, Saint-Etienne: Presses Universitaires de Saint-Etienne, 473-599.
In 2011,she was on SIEFAR’s scientific committee for the 2011 colloquium (La Querelle des femmes en Europe, 4, November 24-26, 2011), and since 2012 has been acting as chief editor of SIEFAR's Dictionary of early modern French women. She has also recently contributed to the international Mary Hays's Female Biography project led by Professor Gina Luria Walker, New York University (Pickering & Chatto, 2013-2014).
Final-Year Option (2008-2012): Women writers in early modern France
She has been contributing to the following MSC core courses:
This article was published on Oct 30, 2012