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Durham University

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: French Studies

Staff in the Department of French

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Mr Alexandre Burin, BA, MA

Part-time Teacher [French], School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 44348
Room number: ER277, Elvet Riverside II

Contact Mr Alexandre Burin

Before moving to Durham I completed both my BA and MA at the University of Paris X Nanterre-La Défense. I then worked as French lecteur and tutor at King’s College London and Oxford University (Pembroke and New College). 

My doctoral research explores the works of Jean Lorrain through the notions of fragmentation, performance and 'survivance'. It also constitutes a new way of looking at the fin-de-siècle and a contribution to the reading of cultural history through the use of modern theories. 

Research Interests

  • Press and Literature
  • Nineteenth Century French Literature and Culture
  • Decadentism and Fin-de-siècle
  • Modern Literary Theory
  • Cultural History
  • Text & Image

Selected Publications

Book review

Chapter in book

Conference Paper

  • 2018 '"Fin de siècle, fin de sexe: Space and Gender in the Works of Jean Lorrain"'.
  • 2018 '"Jean Lorrain. Portraits de l'artiste en personnages de fiction"'.
  • 2018 '"La 'poétique arlequine' de Jean Lorrain à l'époque du Chat Noir"'.
  • 2018 '"Marie 'hors du livre': la poétique intermédiatique dans M.M.M.M. de Jean-Philippe Toussaint"'.
  • 2018 '"The Experience of Instantaneity in Jean Lorrain's Une Femme par jour"'.
  • 2018 '"The Poetics of Excess in Jean Lorrain's Narkiss"'.
  • 2018 '“Intoxications. Literature, the Press, and ‘Black Masses’ in Paris, 1903”'.
  • 2017 '"Anamorphose décadente et anachronisme du temps dans Histoires de Masques de Jean Lorrain"'.
  • 2017 '"Draft Versus Artwork: Jean Lorrain and the Mise en Abyme of the Creative Process"'.
  • 2017 '"Jean Lorrain, texte-Arlequin et ethos auctorial"'.
  • 2017 'Écrire les réseaux de prostitution à la Belle Époque: le rapport poétique du document à la fiction dans Bubu de Montparnasse et La Maison Philibert'.
  • 2017 'Bernardino Luini's Salome and the head of St John the Baptist in Monsieur de Bougrelon by Jean Lorrain'.
  • 2015 '“Haunted colours, haunting words”. Jean Lorrain’s La Princesse des chemins and the influence of Sir Edward Burne-Jones'.
  • 2015 'Oscar Wilde and Jean Lorrain'.
  • 2014 '“J’avais déjà vu tout cela quelque part”. Survivance de Dorian et de Wilde dans Monsieur de Phocas, ou la littérature de succession en quête de montages'.
  • 2014 'L’usage du français dans The Picture of Dorian Gray: hermaphrodisme du langage pour la formation d’une langue-laboratoire'.
  • 2014 'Oscar Wilde et Gustave Moreau, des lignes en filigrane'.

Edited book

Journal Article

Other (Print)

  • 2016 'Jean Lorrain', The Literary Encyclopedia Volume 1.5.2.05: Nineteenth-Century French Writing and Culture, 1800-1900.

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International Collaboration

  • Co-organiser of the “Paris and London 1851-1900: Spaces of Transformation” International Conference, in partnership with La Maison française d’Oxford, OCCT, Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre, Université de Lorraine, BASV, SF

Selected Grants

  • 2016: AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership

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