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A graduate of the Sorbonne Nouvelle (LèsL) and of the University of Cambridge (PhD), and a former Junior Research Fellow at Christ’s College Cambridge, Marion joined the French Section in 1998. She has held Visiting Professorships in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of São Paulo (Summer 2013) and in the Comparative Literature Department at the Université François Rabelais, Tours (Winter Semester 2003). In 2005, she was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to work on a project on the influence of the Decadent movement on Marcel Proust and in 2007 an Habilitation à diriger les recherches from the University of Tours.
She is a member of the international Proust research group at the Institut des Textes et Manuscrits Modernes/ Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, and the British Correspondent for the Revue d’histoire littéraire de la France and for the Centre de recherches proustiennes (Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III). She serves on the editorial boards of French Studies and Modern Languages Open as well as on the advisory board for the monograph series Recherches proustiennes (Paris: Champion) and the executive committee of the Association of University Professors and Heads of French. She is a member of the Academic Council for the Cultural Studies in Literary Interzones PhD programme, the first Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Programme selected and funded by the EU for its innovative and challenging approach to the Humanities.
Marion’s current research interests lie in the interface between literature, film and the other arts, in particular the practice of adaptation to the screen and the stage, in the process of creation, as well as in Decadence and the European fin de siècle. She has published extensively on Marcel Proust as well as on other major figures of Francophone literature and film from Flaubert to Jean-Luc Godard. Her publications include Chantal Akerman (MUP, 2010), Proust dans la décadence (Champion, 2008), Proust at the Movies (Ashgate, 2005, co-authored with Martine Beugnet) and Processes of Literary Creation: Flaubert and Proust (Legenda, 1998). She has co-edited a collection of essays on genetic criticism, La Création en acte: devenir de la critique génétique (Rodopi, 2007) and a collection of essays on Marcel Proust and Modernity, Au seuil de la modernité: Proust, Literature and the Arts. Essays in Memory of Richard Bales (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2011).
Having long experience in MSc and PhD supervision, Marion particularly welcomes postgraduate applications relating to her research interests in adaptation studies, intermediality, the European fin de siècle, Marcel Proust and Chantal Akerman.
Knowledge Exchange and Public Activities
In November 2012, Marion curated a major retrospective of Chantal Akerman’s films for the 20th anniversary edition of the French Film Festival UK in participating cinemas in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.
This was the first FFFUK retrospective on a living avant-garde director. Over two weeks (16 Nov. - 2 Dec.), ten of Akerman’s landmark films (many rarely shown in cinemas) were screened, attracting over 800 spectators. The retrospective was sponsored by the French Film Festival UK, the Brussels and Wallonia Tourist Office and an Edinburgh University Knowledge Exchange grant. It received extensive media coverage including an article in the Herald on Sunday, as well as featuring on Film Culture websites.
In response to the retrospective, Glasgow Women's Library displayed throughout the Festival period a selection of texts that illustrate Akerman’s influential role in feminist and film theory. Marion introduced screenings in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, hosted a live Skype Q&A with the director at Filmhouse, and led audience debates at Glasgow Film Theatre and Ciné Lumière. The retrospective closed with a Writing Competition sponsored by the Brussels and Wallonia Tourist Office and judged by a panel from the University of Edinburgh. The prize winners, Ashvin Devasundaram and Jacqueline Thompson, were each awarded a trip to the Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film.
This article was published on Oct 30, 2012