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

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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 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 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.

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 AHRC-funded project 'Archaeology of Fashion Film' (2017-19, Central Saint Martins/Winchester School of Art). 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.

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.

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 options

  • Decadence in European Art and Literature, 1857-1914

Undergraduate options

  • 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

Having long experience in MSc and PhD supervision, Marion particularly welcomes postgraduate applications relating to her research interests in 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


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