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Dr Philippa Lewis

Dr Philippa Lewis

Dr Philippa Lewis
BA(Oxon), MPhil(Cantab), PhD(Cantab)

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

19 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TE
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My research interests lie in nineteenth-century French literature and culture. My work to date has explored the interplay between literary and non-literary forms and, more recently, the history of emotions. My doctoral thesis, carried out at the University of Cambridge, was a sustained historicisation of the concept of intimacy in post-Revolutionary France. The thesis argued that, far from being an age-old aspect of love, friendship, or desire, intimacy was a concept and keyword of growing significance in the nineteenth century, shaping, and in turn shaped by, literary culture. My thesis combined a central focus on Baudelaire with analysis of both well-known and under-researched writers including Sainte-Beuve, Eugénie de Guérin, Flaubert, and Eugène Fromentin.

I am currently preparing my thesis for publication as a book. I am also beginning to work on a new monograph project: a cultural history of shyness in modern France, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. This project will explore how the increased medicalisation of shyness in nineteenth-century France was reflected in the literature and culture of the period and, at the same time, how literary representations of shyness were used to support the medical construction of this complex social emotion. The project will connect to the history of sociability, the history of emotions, and the medical humanities. 

Before coming to Bristol, I was acting Teaching Fellow and Director of Studies in French at St. John's College, Cambridge from 2013-2014. I have also worked as a literary and academic translator for Classiques Garnier (Paris).

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