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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.
In May 2004 she was elected on the administrative committee of SIEFAR (Société Internationale pour l’Etude des Femmes sous l’Ancien Régime, www.siefar.org), in whose research activities she has been actively involved ever since. She is also a member of the recently formed 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, translation studies (more specifically literary migrations in the 17th- and 18th- centuries, including parodies and adaptations of novels), interaction between literature and the visual arts, as well as literary aesthetics from the Renaissance to the present day.
Postgraduate applications in any of these areas would be welcome.
She is currently working on her monograph Women’s spaces, voices and bodies: a cross-cultural study of female-authored prose in early modern Europe 1500-1700 (a revision of her doctoral thesis (‘Picturing women in Mary Wroth’s Urania and Madeleine de Scudéry’s Clélie’), and on two co-authored projects: Commerce and Classicism: A Publishers’ Cartel in Paris (1656-1700) in collaboration with Professor C.E.J. Caldicott, and Ut Pictura Poesis and the Querelle des femmes, co-edited with Philip Bennett and Peter Sharatt.
She also recently finished an edition of 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 (forthcoming).
This article was published on Oct 30, 2012