Séverine Genieys-Kirk



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 French and Francophone Studies 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’).

Séverine is also Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Undergraduate teaching

Final-Year Option (2008-2012): Women writers in early modern France

Postgraduate teaching

She has been contributing to the following MSC core courses:

  • Msc in Theatre and Performance studies: 'Music and Theatre in early modern France', 'Poetry and theatre and early modern France' (2012-)
  • Msc in Renaissance studies: 'Translating women in the long eighteenth century' (2013-)
  • Msc in Comparative literature: theories and methods of literary study: 'Feminist criticism' (2014, Semester 2)

Research summary

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.

Project activity

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 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 at Siefar's scientific committee for the 2011 colloquium (The Quarrel of women in 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).

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