|2019->||Introduction to Literary Analysis... Séminaire|
|2017->||Introduction aux approches critiques... Séminaire|
|2015->||Research Methodologies... Séminaire|
|2019->2020||Ecopoetics and Kathleen Jamie... Séminaire|
|2019->2020||Kazuo Ishiguro's Memory Fiction... Séminaire|
|2019->2020||Keats's Great Odes... Séminaire|
|2019->2020||Modernist Female Eroticisms... Séminaire|
|2019->2020||The Golden Bough : Seamus Heaney and Virgil... Séminaire|
|2017->2018||Anglo-American Literary Survey III... Cours|
|2017->2018||Earth, Water, Air : Poetry of Seamus Heaney... Séminaire|
|2017->2018||Explication de textes : Modern Eco-Drama... Séminaire|
|2017->2018||Explication de textes : Poetry Post45... Séminaire|
|2017->2018||Explication de textes : Reading Lyric Poetry... Séminaire|
|2017->2018||Milton's Paradise Lost... Séminaire|
|2016->2017||English Literature : Animal and Child... Séminaire|
|2016->2017||English Literature: Heaney in the Underworld: Translation as Transfusion... Séminaire|
|2016->2017||Explication de textes : Modern and Contemporary Eco-Drama... Séminaire|
|2016->2017||Explication de textes : Poetry Post45... Séminaire|
|2016->2017||Explication de textes : The Poetry of John Keats... Séminaire|
|2016->2017||Survey of Anglo-American Literature Part 3... Cours|
|2013->2017||Introduction aux approches critiques... Cours|
|2015->2016||English Literature : Contemporary British Poetry... Séminaire|
|2015->2016||English Literature: Descents to the Underworld, from Virgil and Dante to the Present... Séminaire|
|2015->2016||English Literature: Memory Fiction - McEwan and Ishiguro... Séminaire|
|2015->2016||Survey of Anglo-American Literature, Parts I and II... Cours|
|2015->2016||Survey of Anglo-American Literature Part 3... Cours|
|2014->2015||Contemporary British Poetry... Séminaire|
|2014->2015||English Literature: Fictions of Memory and Forgetting: McEwan, Ishiguro, Sebald... Séminaire|
|2014->2015||English Literature: Milton's Paradise Lost... Séminaire|
|2014->2015||Explication de textes : Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge... Séminaire|
|2014->2015||Explication de textes : Prelapsarian Temptations: Milton's Early Verse... Séminaire|
|2014->2015||Sacred and Profane: the Poetry of Don Paterson... Séminaire|
|2013->2015||Survey of Anglo-American Literature, Parts I and II... Cours|
|2013->2015||Survey of Anglo-American Literature Part 3... Cours|
|2013->2014||Contemporary British Poetry... Séminaire|
|2013->2014||English Literature: Kathleen Jamie: Poetry and Prose... Séminaire|
|2013->2014||English Literature: Milton's Paradise Lost... Séminaire|
|2013->2014||Explication de textes : Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge... Séminaire|
|2013->2014||Explication de textes : The Poetry of Birds... Séminaire|
|2013->2014||The Poetry of John Keats... Séminaire|
|2012->2013||English Literature: Fantasy before Tolkien ... Séminaire|
|2012->2013||English Literature: Romantic Poetry and Music... Séminaire|
|2012->2013||English Literature Survey : semestre d'automne : 'Origins to 1485'. Semestre de printemps : '1485-1785'... Cours|
|2012->2013||English Literature Survey 2: Introduction to Modern English Literature... Cours|
|2012->2013||Explication de texte: the Poetry of Kathleen Jamie... Séminaire|
|2012->2013||Human/Nature: the poetry of Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, and Kathleen Jamie... Séminaire|
|2012->2013||Introduction aux approches critiques... Cours|
|2012->2013||Shakespeare : Plays - As You Like It, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest... Cours|
|2011->2012||English Literature : Eco-writing... Séminaire|
|2011->2012||English Literature : Wordsworth's Poetry... Séminaire|
|2011->2012||English Literature Survey : semestre d'automne : 'Origins to 1485'. Semestre de printemps : '1485-1785'... Cours|
|2011->2012||English Literature Survey 2: Introduction to Modern English Literature... Cours|
|2011->2012||Explication de textes: The Poetry of John Keats... Séminaire|
|2011->2012||Introduction aux approches critiques... Cours|
|2011->2012||Shakespeare : Plays... Cours|
|2011->2012||The Voice of God... Séminaire|
|2010->2011||English Literature : British Magic Realism ... Séminaire|
|2010->2011||English Literature : Oxford Fantasists ... Séminaire|
|2010->2011||English Literature : Telluric Poetry ... Séminaire|
|2010->2011||English literature : The Poetry of John Milton ... Séminaire|
|2010->2011||English Literature Survey : semestre d'automne : "Origins to 1485". Semestre de printemps : 1485-1785... Cours|
|2010->2011||English Literature Survey 2: Introduction to Modern English Literature... Cours|
|2010->2011||Explication de textes: The Poetry of Seamus Heaney... Séminaire|
|2010->2011||Introduction aux approches critiques... Cours|
I am Professor and Head of Modern English Literature. My research interests span a broad time frame from classical to contemporary literature. Some past research projects include: studies of the poet-musician Orpheus; katabasis, or the descent to Hell from Virgil, and Dante, to modern, secular writing including literature of the Holocaust ; children’s literature read by adults (crossover fiction); re-reading; arts-science synergies; Mikhail Bakhtin and dialogism; memory fiction (DeLillo, Ishiguro). My current research focuses on contemporary poetry, either in its relation to classical literature, or in its exploration of the relationship between humanity and the natural world. I am also very interested in analogues and contiguities between poetry and music, and their different dependencies on voice (human and non-), attentive listening, and the resources of the auditory imagination. Two longer projects provide the focus for my current research: Heaney and Virgil, and geo-sonorities in contemporary poetry. I am a member of the International Network for the Study of Lyric; the British and International Comparative Literature Associations; the UK Fiction-Network; and a number of other Swiss and international Learned Societies.
Rachel Falconer, ed., Kathleen Jamie: Essays and Poems on her Work. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, December 2014.
The first scholarly volume dedicated to the work of Scots poet Kathleen Jamie; contains 16 critical essays and seven original poems, with associated electronic resource (readings by Kathleen Jamie of poems discussed in the volume).
Rachel Falconer and Denis Renevey, guest eds., Medieval and Early Modern Literature, Science and Medicine. Tubingen: Gunter Narr, 2013. Special issue of Swiss Publications of English Language and Literature.
This collection of fourteen essays brings together specialists from the medieval and early modern periods for an interdisciplinary study of literature, medicine and science in these periods. The volume includes an introduction by Falconer and Renevey. Essays were originally submitted as papers for the Third Biennial Conference of the Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies at the University of Lausanne (27-29 June 2012).
Rachel Falconer and Andrew Oliver, eds. Re-reading / La relecture: essays in honour of Graham Falconer. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012, 1-331.
This bilingual festschrift collection comprises twenty essays on the theory and practice of re-reading nineteenth and twentieth century French and English literature. Combining ground-breaking criticism (Knowlson on Beckett’s Happy Days, and Schmid on screen adaptations of Proust) and personal reflection on the influences of much-loved, much-lived texts, the volume as a whole attempts to think through some of the implications of Proust’s extraordinary essay, ‘La relecture’. Following the preface by Andrew Oliver and introduction by Rachel Falconer, there are chapters on Proust, Flaubert, Stendhal, Balzac, Hugo, Dostoevsky and other writers. Contributors include: Victor Brombert (Emeritus Professor, Princeton University), Ross Chambers (Emeritus Professor, University of Michigan), Mary Donaldson-Evans (University of Delaware); Graham Falconer (Emeritus Professor, University of Toronto); Tim Farrant (University of Oxford); Margot Irvine (University of Guelph, Canada); James Knowlson (Emeritus Professor, University of Reading); Robert Lethbridge (University of Cambridge); Rosemary Lloyd (Professor Emerita, Indiana University); Alberto Manguel (novelist, bibliophile); Henri Mitterand (Emeritus Professor, La Sorbonne Nouvelle and Columbia University) ; Gabriel Moyal (McMaster University, Canada); Marshall Olds (Michigan State University); Andrew Oliver (Emeritus Professor, University of Toronto); Paul Perron (Emeritus Professor, University of Toronto); Laurence Porter (Emeritus Professor, Michigan State University); Martine de Rougement (Emeritus Professor, Institut d’études théâtrales, Université de la Sorbonne nouvelle-Paris III) ; Marion Schmid (University of Edinburgh); Henry Schogt (Emeritus Professor, University of Toronto); Clive Thomson (University of Guelph, Canada). 'Readers interested in the reception of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literary culture will find food for thought here.’ (Adam Watt, French Studies 68:1, 2014).
Falconer, The Crossover Novel: Contemporary Children’s Fiction and Its Adult Readership. Routledge: London, New York, 2009, pp. 1-263.
This book delves into the heart of the controversy over ‘crossover fiction,’ the fiction that crossed from children to adult readers over the millennial decade, and continues to do so today. I argue that cross-reading cannot be explained by the increase of sophisticated marketing alone, but also suggest deeper changes in social attitudes to childhood, adulthood, and the new narrative structures which are emerging to interpret psychological development in an era of time-space acceleration, compression and reversal. Beginning with a broad overview of crossover fiction and cross-reading in the UK, this study goes on to offer critical readings of texts by David Almond, Mark Haddon, Geraldine McCaughrean, Philip Pullman, J K Rowling. The contexts and paratexts of crossover publication are also discussed in depth, and the responses of actual readers, both child and adult, are included in the analysis. A final chapter discusses the current popularity of children’s classics (the childhood reading of present-day adults) and as a test case analyses the dynamics of adult engagement with C S Lewis’s The Silver Chair.
Falconer, Hell in Contemporary Literature: Western Descent Narratives since 1945. Edinburgh University Press and Columbia University Press: Edinburgh, 2005, pp. 1-262.
This book explores the idea that modern, Western secular cultures have retained a belief in the concept of Hell as an event or experience of endless or unjust suffering. In the contemporary period, the descent to Hell has come to represent the means of recovering, or discovering selfhood. These ideas have combined with earlier literary and religious models of katabatic narrative to produce the notion of a self made ethical by its encounter with the underworld. In exploring these ideas, this book discusses descent journeys in Holocaust testimony and fiction, memoirs of mental illness, and feminist, postmodern and post-colonial narratives written after 1945. Amongst a wide range of texts discussed, there are in-depth analyses of Primo Levi, W.G. Sebald, Sarah Kofman, Anne Michaels, Lauren Slater, Marge Piercy, Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood, Gloria Naylor, Alice Notley, Alasdair Gray, and Salman Rushdie. Drawing on theoretical writing by Bakhtin, Derrida, Charles Taylor and Paul Ricoeur, the book addresses such broader theoretical issues as: narration and identity; the ethics of the subject; trauma and memory; descent as sexual or political dissent; the interrelation of realism and fantasy; and Occidentalism and Orientalism.
ISBN: 9780748617630 (hardback)
Guest co-editor, Rachel Falconer and Karin Littau, Invention: Literature and Science. Comparative Critical Studies Vol. 2.2. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, 2005, pp. 1-301
This volume of the British Comparative Literature Association journal comprises an edited selection of papers delivered at the Tenth International BCLA Conference, at Leeds University, 2004.
Adlam, Falconer, Makhlin, Renfrew, eds. Face to Face: Bakhtin Studies in Russia and the West. Continuum International Publishing Group: London, 1997, 20 contributors, pp.1-394.
This volume evolved from the Seventh International Bakhtin Conference in Moscow, 1995, hosted by Professor Makhlin. The Russian contributions were translated and edited by Adlam and Renfrew, the English-language contributions and the volume as a whole edited and introduced by me.
‘It sets a new standard of excellence for English-Russian forums (Professor Caryl Emerson, The Slavonic and East European Review 77:2, April 1999); ‘achieves the status of a landmark volume . . . an unparalleled accomplishment’ (Slavic Review 58:4, Winter 1999); ‘essential reading for Bakhtin scholars’ (Journal of European Studies), ‘a work of remarkable scholarship’ (Canadian Slavonic Papers).
Falconer, Orpheus Dis(re)membered: Milton and the Myth of the Poet-Hero. Continuum International Publishing Group: London, 1996, pp. 1-227.
This monograph provides a close reading of Milton’s allusions to Orpheus in his poetry and prose writing; these passages reveal Milton’s optimistic ideas, doubts and fears about the role of the poet in times of historical and personal crisis.