Staff in the Department of French
Dr Samuel Bootle, BA (Oxford), MRes, PhD (University of London)
I studied French and Philosophy at Christ Church, University of Oxford, and went on to complete a PhD on French Literature at Birkbeck, University of London, in 2011. I then spent a year back at Christ Church as a Temporary Lecturer, and three semesters at the University of St Andrews as a Teaching Fellow and Lecturer, before arriving in Durham in January 2014.
My research focuses on nineteenth-century French literature, especially poetry. I am interested primarily in questions of exoticism and nationalism. I recently completed my first monograph, Laforgue, Philosophy, and Ideas of Otherness, which deals with the reception of German philosophy in the work of the late nineteenth-century French poet Jules Laforgue and the importance to this reception of contemporary discourses that cast Germany as 'other'. I have also co-edited (with Dr Claire White, Cambridge) a Special Issue of Dix-Neuf, the journal of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes, on Laforgue.
In 2016 I completed a two-month fellowship at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, to begin work on a new project dealing with the reception of Buddhist thought in nineteenth-century France.
- Transnationalism - Co-Convenor
- 2018 Laforgue, Philosophy, and Ideas of Otherness, Legenda, 180 pp.
Chapter in book
- 2012 'Jules Laforgue: Derniers vers', in Clark, Robert, Elliott, Emory & Todd, Janet (eds.), The Literary Encyclopedia.
- 2011 'Jules Laforgue: Les Complaintes', in Clark, Robert, Elliott, Emory & Todd, Janet (eds.), The Literary Encyclopedia.
- 2014 'Sea Sponges, Polyps and Mechanical Fish: the Decadent Aquarium. Modern Language Association Annual Convention 2014 in Chicago, USA'.
- 2013 'The Underwater World, Underground: Laforgue and Huysmans on the Berlin Aquarium. Society for French Studies Annual Conference at Nottingham University'.
- 2012 'Le Nihilisme oriental: Buddhism in Nineteenth-Century French Literature. St Andrews French Research Seminar at St Andrews University'.
- 2011 'The Discourse of Disease: Laforgue's Reception of Schopenhauer. Society of Dix-Neuviémistes 9th Annual Conference at Birmingham University'.
- 2010 'Genius and the Unconscious: Laforgue's Reception of Hartmannian Aesthetics. Oxford French Postgraduate Seminar at Oxford University'.
- 2010 'Jules Laforgue and the Illusion of Spontaneity. Society of Dix-Neuviémistes 8th Annual Conference at Bangor University'.
- 2010 'Laforgue's 'Afrique Intérieure': A Vital Chaos? Society of Dix-Neuviémistes Postgraduate Conference'.
- 2009 'Laforgue's Reading of Schopenhauer in its Cultural Context. Cambridge French Graduate Research Seminar at Cambridge University'.
- 2018 ''Plongée poétique Rimbaud, Laforgue, et Vingt mille lieues sous les mers'', Parade sauvage: revue d'études rimbaldiennes 29, pp. 133-153
- 2017 ''Laforgue et le bouddhisme dilettante'', Revue d'histoire littéraire de la France 117, pp. 273-282
- 2016 (co-authored with White, Claire) 'Introduction: Jules Laforgue, 'un carrefour d'échos'', Dix-Neuf 20, pp. 1-8
- 2016 'The Body Poetic: Laforgue's Translations of Whitman', Dix-Neuf 20, pp. 25-44
- 2011 'Jules Laforgue and the Illusion of Spontaneity', Dix-Neuf 15, pp. 166-176
- 2016: Transnational French Modernisms (£1500.00 from MHRA)