Fiona McIntosh-Varjabédian

Fiona McIntosh-Varjabédian
University of Lille Nord de France · Faculty of Humanities

ENS, Agrégation, PHD, Habilitation à diriger les recherches
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Introduction
A new journal online, it's free, peer reviewed by an international board. Publishes articles and reviews in English, French and German: http://figures-historiques.revue.univ-lille3.fr/ Member of Alithila UnIv Lille school of comparative literature https://ctt.univ-lille3.fr/
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December 2017 - present
University of Lille
Position
  • Professor (Full)
September 2009 - present
Université de Lille
Position
  • Professor (Full)
Position
  • From 1st years to doctorate
Education
September 1989 - September 1994
Ecole normale supérieure
Field of study

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Publications (85)
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On the various practices of translating female novelists in French at the end of the 18th C and the beginning of the 19th C. The French publishing market was enthralled with british novels. The article gives both an overview of the publication of female novelists during the period and focusses on the case of novels on the sister nations and on the...
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The Cultural History of Memory in the Eighteenth Century places in sharp relief the contrast between inspiring ideas that heralded an auspicious future and immemorial traditions that cherished a vanishing past. Waxing large during that era was the European Enlightenment, with its projects for reform and optimistic forecasts about the prospect of ma...
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Seminar on the representation of Europe
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The article examines how Henry Thomas Buckle's History of Civilization in England was translated and understood in France from 1865 to 1918. Buckle was translated at a time when English historiography had lost its prominence in France. His positivism, and the influence that French thinkers such as Guizot, Michelet, and Comte had on his work, explai...
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En s’interrogeant sur les enjeux philosophiques, littéraires, culturels et linguistiques des notions de libéralité et de libéralisme, dans leur lien avec l’adjectif « libéral », cet ouvrage collectif suggère l’existence d’une généalogie commune à ces trois notions. Il dessine ainsi les rapports unissant ce qui convient à l’homme libre et par extens...
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The article studies the originality of Augustin Thierry's analysis of British history in the context of French liberal anglophilia during the first half of the 19th century. Debunking the liberal myth of the wittenagemot,Thierry demonstrates that the British revolutions were not at successful as François Guizot would present them and provides his r...
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L'article témoigne d'une réception très favorable des romancières gothiques Clara Reeves, Ann Radcliffe, Mary Shelley par opposition à Matthieu Gregory Lewis et à l'irlandais Charles Maturin. L'idée d'imagination contrôlée des premières, par opposition à l'imagination débridée des seconds a conduit à une réflexion des critiques contemporains sur le...
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Actes de la journée d'étude "L'Écosse des Romantiques" du 11 janvier 2013, organisée par Georges Zaragoza et Sébastien Vacelet à l'Université de Bourgogne (Dijon). Voir URL ci-jointes :
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The article studies how The Censeur européen, a liberal journal founded by Charles Dunoyer and Charles Dunoyer represents the man of letters at the beginning of the French Restoration. The Jounal and its contributors reject classical roman and greek values and an education founded on the reading of classical texts, considers the man of letters as a...
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The article explores how names, famous personae appear in 21st publishing world. It is a bibliographical analysis of recent trends in France, Britain, The States, Germany, with a few insights into Spain, Italy and Denmark.
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On the discrepancies between the reception of the lingustic and narrative turn in the anglo-saxon world and amongst French and Italian academics
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How can represent war. How can a war be remembered? These questions find a new meaning during the commemoration of the 1st World War, the volume puts this conflict into perspective and examines various conflicts from the Antiquity to Colonial wars. It answers Norton Cru's rejection of literature as a legitimate form of testimony.
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Biographies, films, novels, research on (famous) historical figures: http://figures-historiques.revue.univ-lille3.fr/janvier-avril-2016/
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Le voyage de Spon et Wheler en Grèce et Italie a été réalisé au XVIIe siècle dans le double contexte d'un durcissement de la politique religieuse de Louis XIV et d'un regain d'intérêt culturel pour l'espace hellénique. Spon, médecin protestant qui dédie son oeuvre au père Lachaise, confesseur du roi, a ouvert la voie et son texte reste une référenc...
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Bibliography for on-line Journal Les grandes Figures Historiques dans les lettres et les arts: criticism, biographies, letters, etc.
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In Dec. 2013 in Gent, I focused on the Censeur européen as a influential example of a utilitarian and non fictional vision of literature in the modern era; in June, I studied Walter Scott’s cosmopolitan interpretation of the story of the novel in Europe which also puts to the fore the problematical status of the writer of fiction in society; last w...
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The chapter studies how the "Revue historique" referred to foreign historians during the years 1886-1887 in order to enlighten the politics of translations and the influence of international relations on the reception of foreign works.
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The starting point is Genette' s reflexion on literature as founded on fiction not on diction. The chapter explores an aspect neglected by Genette, i. e. the importance of diction in historical writing. Contrary to the dream of historical writing of establishing one decisive narrative, a comparison between Ranke's and Sarpi's history of the papauty...
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Wars are since time immemorial a favorite subject both of literature and historiography. Based on the way how the subject "war" is being presented in both disciplines, the typical conventions of representation can be taken into view and the change of narrative forms over time can be addressed. In addition, similarities and differences of the way ea...
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Collected essays that study how power is represented in literature and the arts.
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New analysis and new annoted translation into French of Scott's Essay on the Romance.
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Surmonter l’approche historique : analyse d’une méthode Le parti pris des permanences : pour une anthropologie & une sociologie des phénomènes journalistiques
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How do women translate history books in 19th c France? The article studies the various strategies that they and their publishers develop. The main trend is the creation of a very unassertive figure, often counterbalanced by a preface written by a male scholar.
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This article examines the aftermath of the French Revolution both in France and in Britain and its influence on radical thinkers such as Godwin, Wollstonecraft, and Volney. It points out the contradictions and philosophical difficulties they address concerning their vision of history and property. Caught between their optimism concerning the advent...
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Les vies successives d'une figure historique, ou la valeur d'universalité de l'individu La longévité d'une « grande » figure est faite de bien des reniements. Si elle est capable d'impressionnantes traversées, parfois longues de plusieurs siècles, c'est par le jeu d'infléchissements conscients et inconscients que lui font subir les artistes, les au...
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Ann Rigney, The Afterlives of Walter Scott : Memory on the Move, Oxford University Press, 2012, 328 p., illus. Ann Rigney prolonge par cet ouvrage des travaux qu'elle avait publiés entre 2004 et 2012. De nombreux chapitres ont connu une première version notamment dans Poetics Today (n° 25/2 : « Portable Monuments : Literature, Cultural Memory and t...
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The article studies the practices of David Hume in historical writing, compared to those of his major counterparts (Voltaire and Ferguson). Free indirect speech blurs the boundaries between genuine quotations and commentaries, a phenomenon generally ascribed to fiction only.
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Of the meaning and cultural importance of historical figures. Reflexions on the definition of a "historical figure"
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The article studies how the french revolution embitters Alison's, Dickens's and Carlyle's discourses about France. The study shows however that the divide between France and Britain is bridged by the authors' fears that Britain might experience a similar turmoil.
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This paper tries and analyses the similarities of vocabulary and of register between Catharine Macaulay’s History of England (1763) and Mary Wollstonecraft’s Historical and Moral View of the Origin and Progress of the French Revolution (1794). Do they pertain to their status as female historians or to their republicanism or political radicalism ? T...
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Michelet a fait de Prométhée le symbole de l'historien : il est celui qui voit tout et qui libère l'humanité. Le regard prospectif s'alimente, en effet, d'une conscience du passé qui donne sens à l'action présente et future. Cette étude renverse toutefois cette image en renvoyant à son frère, Épiméthée, celui qui comprend trop tard la signification...
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The article examines how Carlyle influenced Dickens, not only metaphorically and factually, as critics have stressed in the past, but also in the construct of the plot of A Tale of Two Cities
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Aboutissement d’une suite de colloques centrés sur la relation entre littérature et architecture (La Cathédrale, Architecture et discours), ainsi que sur les notions de postérité et de mémoire (Postérité de la Renaissance), ces actes sont consacrés à une réflexion sur Les monuments du passé. Ils recueillent les communications de spécialistes de la...
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In this paper, I analyse how the past is put to the test and how its value is undermined through the dialectics of change and of conservation. My survey will be based on examples from 19th-C France and Britain, on Edmund Burke, Alexis de Tocqueville and John Stuart Mill for, first, Mill made a close reading of his predecessors, and second, as Frank...
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The article studies how the role of Byzantium in World History is undervalued. The interests of Roman Catholicism and of philosophical criticism of the regime centred on the spiritual and temporal power of the emperor converge and explain how Byzantium was depticted in the West from the 17th to the 19th. Century. The article discusses Corneille's H...
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Walter Scott revient sur léchec dun de ses romans, Le Monastère, et lexplique par limpossibilité de représenter et de faire parler un homme de la Renaissance, impossibilité accrue par le fait quil avait donné à ses personnages médiévaux la langue de Shakespeare ! Lanecdote piquante révèle un problème : comment évoquer la Renaissance ? Plus générale...
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Focuses on the ideological perception Chateaubriand has of Greek monuments in The Intinerary of Paris to Jerusalem
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The article examines how myths and mythology no longer designated polytheistic creeds only but also biblical stories. It studies some of Voltaire's most controversial writings such as l'Examen important de Milord Bolinbroke, or Questions de Zapata
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The article studies how Samuel Rawson Gardiner represents civil war violence and to which extent he shares with the past generation of 18th C historians the assumption that violence has to be minimized and questioned in order to preserve the authority of the historian.
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Au fil des siècles, on note un effacement progressif du vraisemblable par le réel : de probable au 17e, le vraisemblable devient vrai au 19e. À cette époque, en France comme en Grande-Bretagne, l’insertion du référent dans l’univers fictionnel pose problème et est en débat. Les romans de Walter Scott paraissent incongrus ; ceux de Zola, selon Barbe...
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Peut-on encore parler du primitif ? Tour à tour fondateur et sauvage destructeur, le primitif est détenteur d’une force aujourd’hui disparue ou d’une barbarie qu’on voudrait voir disparaître à jamais. Figure ambivalente s’il en est, au carrefour du discours scientifique et de la construction fantasmatique, il interroge notre perception de l’humanit...
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The article studies Hugh Blair's major work, his Lessons on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres. It focuses on his definition of the sublime and on its esthetic and moral influence on Walter Scott's novels

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This question emerges from Benjamin Constant's judgment on the Huns as a people mainly interested in warfare. A student challenged the judgment as founded only on stereotypes. It seems to me that the question can be extended. New archeological findings have in some cases confirmed what was until now considered as nationalistic slander (ie. the Romans' judgments on the carthaginian religion).

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