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Dr Elodie Rousselot

Biography

My main areas of research include contemporary historical fiction, the neo-Victorian novel, the history of science and literature, and postcolonial writing (Canadian literature more particularly). My book Re-Writing Women into Canadian History: Margaret Atwood and Anne Hébert (Éditions de L’instant même, 2013) focused on the recovery of female historical narratives absent from hegemonic and colonial versions of history in the work of Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood and Québécois author Anne Hébert. This project challenged conventional understandings of the idea of ‘national literature’ by bridging two bodies of work which have not traditionally been examined together, but which share a common cultural and political past. It won the Prix Scientifique Anne-Hébert.

I am also a member of the Faculty-funded Strategic Project on Cultures of Commemoration.

Research

My current research project examines the representation of Victorian scientific discourses in contemporary literature and culture. In the context of this project, I am editing a journal special issue of Victoriographies (EUP, forthcoming Autumn 2014) on ‘Neo-Victorian Experiments’, and also writing a monograph provisionally entitled Neo-Historical Experiments. This project makes an important contribution to a recent and emergent field of literary studies.

Based on my interest in contemporary historical fiction, I am also currently editing and contributing to a collection of essays entitled Exoticizing the Past in Contemporary Neo-Historical Fiction (Palgrave, forthcoming October 2014). The essays in this edited collection seek to define the recent trend of the ‘neo-historical’ novel, and consider the exoticizing strategies the latter sometimes deploys in its returns to the past.

Finally, my interest in the neo-Victorian novel more generally has led me to co-edit and contribute to a special issue of Neo-Victorian Studies on “The Other Dickens: Neo-Victorian Appropriation and Adaptation” (2012).

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