Marion Schmid (LèsL Sorbonne Nouvelle, PhD Cantab, Habilitation à diriger les recherches)

Professor of French Literature and Film


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 French and Francophone Studies at the University of Edinburgh 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 2007, she obtained her HDR (Habilitation à diriger les recherches) from the University of Tours.

She is President of the Association of University Professors and Heads of French+ (AUPHF+). Between 2010 and 2014, and again in the second semester of 2015/16, she was Head of French at Edinburgh.

Together with Dr Kim Knowles (Aberystwyth University) she leads the International Research Network 'Film and the Other Arts: Intermediality, Medium Specificity, Creativity' (AHRC-funded, 2015-17). The project explores new directions for the study of cinematic intermediality, focusing on the ways in which the moving image is shaped and revitalised by artistic cross-fertilisation.

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She is a member of the international Proust research group at the Institut des Textes et Manuscrits Modernes/ Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, and a founding member of the Franco-Scottish Research Network in the Humanities and Social Sciences. She serves on the editorial board of Modern Languages Open as well as on the advisory board of the Center for Cinematic Intermediality and Visual Culture (Sapientia University, Cluj-Napoca). Since 2009, she has been 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.

She has been British correspondent for the Revue d'histoire littéraire de la France (2004-2014), as well as a member of the executive committee of the Association of University Professors and Heads of French (2013-16), and of the editorial board of French Studies (2009-19).

With Dr Hugues Azérad (University of Cambridge) she co-edits the book series 'European Connections: Studies in Comparative Literature, Intermediality and Aesthetics':

In 2016 she was named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques by the French government in recognition of her services to French culture.

Undergraduate teaching

Regular Contribution to pre-Honours French literature, culture and language courses.

Specialist Honours Option Courses:​

  • Literature and Film: The Challenge of Adaptation
  • The French New Wave
  • The Cinema of Chantal Akerman: Memory, History, Desire
  • Proust and the Art of Being Modern


Postgraduate teaching

MSc Comparative Literature

  • Specialist Option 'Decadence in European Art and Literature, 1857-1914'
  • Theory Classes and Workshops on Intermediality

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Having long experience in MSc and PhD supervision, Marion particularly welcomes postgraduate applications relating to her research interests in French film, Intermediality, Adaptation Studies, the French New Wave and post-New Wave, Marcel Proust and Chantal Akerman. 

Current PhD students supervised

Qianzhi Shan, 'The Chinese Sixth Generation as a Type of New Wave Cinema: Influences, Reworkings, New Openings'

Beata Migut, 'Exophonic Word-and-Image Relations in Vladimir Nabokov, Yoko Tawada and Bruno Schulz'

Matthis Hervieux, 'Franco-Japanese Encounters in Intermedial Works by Roland Barthes, Michel Butor and Robert Cahen'

Xingtong Zhou: 'The Evolution of Fictional Memory from the Analogue Age to the Digital Era: Photography as Literary Device and Cultural Practice'

Benoît Loiret, 'Music in Bonnefoy'




Past PhD students supervised

Recent Students Supervised

François Giraud, 'Gesture in Post-New Wave Cinema'

Shuang Li, 'The Young Proust and the Visual Arts: Vision, Perception, Aesthetics'

Shuangyi Li, ‘Proust in China: Translation, Reception, Rewriting’

Research summary

Marion’s current research interests lie in French New Wave and post-New Wave cinema, the relationship between film and the other arts (literature, theater, painting, architecture, photography), screen adaptation and questions of intermediality more widely.  She has published extensively on French and Francophone literature and film, with a special focus on Proust, Chantal Akerman and the French New Wave.


Her books include 

- Intermedial Dialogues: The French New Wave and the Other Arts (Edinburgh University Press, 2019)

- Chantal Akerman (Manchester University Press, 2010)

- Proust dans la décadence (Champion, 2008)

- Proust at the Movies (Ashgate, 2005, co-authored with Martine Beugnet)

- Processes of Literary Creation: Flaubert and Proust (Legenda, 1998).


She has co-edited the following collections of essays:

- Chantal Akerman: Afterlives (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019)

- Au seuil de la modernité: Proust, Literature and the Arts. Essays in Memory of Richard Bales (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2011)

- La Création en acte: devenir de la critique génétique (Rodopi, 2007)


Knowledge exchange

She regularly introduces film screenings and conducts Q&As.

In November 2012, she curated a retrospective of Chantal Akerman’s films for the 20thanniversary 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.

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.

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