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Marion Schmid

Professor of French Literature & Film

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

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

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Cambridge
Bachelor of Literature or Bachelor of Letters, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris


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 recherchesfrom the University of Tours.

She is a member of the international Proust research group at the Institut des Textes et Manuscrits Modernes/ Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, and the British Correspondent for the Centre de recherches proustiennes (Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III). She serves on the editorial boards of French Studies and Modern Languages Open as well as on the advisory board for the monograph series Recherches proustiennes (Paris: Champion) and the executive committee of the Association of University Professors and Heads of French. She is 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.

Research Interests

Marion’s current research interests lie in questions of intermediality, in particular the relationship between film and the other arts and the practice of literary adaptation to the screen and the stage. Though her main research focus at the moment is in the area of film - especially the French New Wave and post-New Wave - she keeps a keen interest in literature, most importantly the work of Marcel Proust on which she has published extensively.  Her publications include Chantal Akerman (MUP, 2010), Proust dans la décadence (Champion, 2008), Proust at the Movies (Ashgate, 2005, co-authored with Martine Beugnet) and Processes of Literary Creation: Flaubert and Proust (Legenda, 1998). She has co-edited a collection of essays on genetic criticism,La Création en acte: devenir de la critique génétique (Rodopi, 2007) and a collection of essays on Marcel Proust and Modernity, Au seuil de la modernité: Proust, Literature and the Arts. Essays in Memory of Richard Bales (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2011).



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.

Research outputs

  1. Cinematic Intermediality: Theory and Practice

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  2. Filming and feeling between the arts: Pascale Breton, Suite Armoricaine and Eugène Green, Le Fils de Joseph

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  3. Introduction

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

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Research activities & awards

  1. For an Intermediate New Wave

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Identities

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  3. Revolution, Abolition and Blackness in the French Empire - The Art of 1800

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar

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