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Dr Elodie Rousselot


My main research interests include contemporary historical novels, neo-Victorian literature, neo-historical fiction, the history of science and literature, and postcolonial writing (Canadian literature more particularly). My book Re-Writing Women into Canadian History: Margaret Atwood and Anne Hébert (Éditions de L’instant même, 2013) focused on the recovery of female historical narratives absent from hegemonic and colonial versions of history in the work of Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood and Québécois author Anne Hébert. This project challenged conventional understandings of the idea of ‘national literature’ by bridging two bodies of work which have not traditionally been examined together, but which share a common cultural and political past. It won the Prix Scientifique Anne-Hébert.



My current research project examines the representation of Victorian scientific discourses in contemporary literature and culture. In the context of this project, I have edited and contributed to a special issue of the journal Victoriographies on ‘Neo-Victorian Experiments’ (EUP, May 2016). I am also working on a monograph provisionally entitled Neo-Historical Experiments, which will make an important contribution to a recent and emergent field of literary studies.

Based on my interest in contemporary historical fiction, I also edited and contributed to a collection of essays entitled Exoticizing the Past in Contemporary Neo-Historical Fiction (Palgrave, 2014). The essays in this collection sought to define the recent trend of the ‘neo-historical’ novel, and to consider the exoticizing strategies the latter sometimes deploys in its returns to the past.

I would welcome MRes and PhD projects on contemporary historical fiction, neo-Victorian and neo-historical literature, the history of science and literature, and postcolonial writing (Canadian literature more particularly). I am currently supervising:

  • Clive Clare-Barker (as third supervisor), who is researching the work of the South African Writer J. M. Coetzee


  • Emily Scott, CSL Bursary student (2010-14), on the representation of trauma in neo-Victorian literature

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