Marion Schmid


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PhD projects

Intermediality, Adaptation Studies, Film and the Other Arts, The French New Wave and post-New Wave, Marcel Proust, Chantal Akerman

Personal profile


LèsL, PhD, HDR

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 in 1997. 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 2005, she was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to work on a project on the influence of the Decadent movement on Marcel Proust and in 2007 an Habilitation à diriger les recherches from the University of Tours.

Marion's research focuses on modern French and Francophone literature and visual culture, with a special emphasis on the work of Marcel Proust, New Wave and post-New Wave cinema, screen adaptation, and questions of intermediality.  Together with Dr Hugues Azérad (University of Cambridge) she co-edits the book series European Connections: Studies in Comparative Literature, Intermediality and Aesthetics:

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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Together with Dr Fabien Arribert-Narce she directs the MSc Intermediality: Literature, Film and the Arts in Dialogue at the University of Edinburgh:

Marion 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). She has been British correspondent for the Revue d’histoire littéraire de la France (2004-2014),  has served on the editorial board of French Studies (2009-19), and 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 (2009-2017).

She is currently Vice-President of the Association of University Professors and Heads of French+ (AUPHF+), after stepping down from her role as President (2018-2021). Between 2010 and 2014, and again in the second semester of 2015/16, she was Head of French at Edinburgh.

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

Research Interests

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:

Cinematic Intermediality: Theory and Practice (Edinburgh: EUP, 2021)

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)




Postgraduate courses

MSc Intermediality and MSc Comparative Literature

  • Film and the Other Arts (team-taught)
  • Decadence in European Art and Literature, 1857-1914
  • Seminars and Workshops on Intermediality

Undergraduate courses

French and Francophone Section

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

Department of European Languages and Cultures

  • Migration, Diaspora, Exile: The Politics of Representation (team-taught)

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

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 1995

Bachelor of Literature or Bachelor of Letters, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris

Award Date: 1 Jan 1990

College Research Themes

  • Cultural Heritage


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