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Mr Alexandre Burin, BA, MA

Part-time Teacher [French], School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42234
Room number: ER209, Elvet Riverside II

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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

  • Burin, Alexandre (2018), "Fin de siècle, fin de sexe: Space and Gender in the Works of Jean Lorrain", NeMLA Annual Convention. Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
  • Burin, Alexandre (2018), "Jean Lorrain. Portraits de l'artiste en personnages de fiction", Portraits et autoportraits d’auteurs l’écrivain mis en images' Conference. Paris, France.
  • Burin, Alexandre (2018), "La 'poétique arlequine' de Jean Lorrain à l'époque du Chat Noir", Poétique du Chat Noir. Paris, France.
  • Burin, Alexandre (2018), "Marie 'hors du livre': la poétique intermédiatique dans M.M.M.M. de Jean-Philippe Toussaint", Society for French Studies Annual Conference. Cork, Ireland.
  • Burin, Alexandre (2018), "The Experience of Instantaneity in Jean Lorrain's Une Femme par jour", INCS US Conference. San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • Burin, Alexandre (2018), "The Poetics of Excess in Jean Lorrain's Narkiss", INCS Measure and Excess Conference. Rome, Italy.
  • Burin, Alexandre (2018), “Intoxications. Literature, the Press, and ‘Black Masses’ in Paris, 1903”, Decadence, Magic(k), and the Occult Conference. London, England.
  • Burin, Alexandre (2017), "Anamorphose décadente et anachronisme du temps dans Histoires de Masques de Jean Lorrain", Spleen et Idéal SDN Conference. Canterbury, England.
  • Burin, Alexandre (2017), "Draft Versus Artwork: Jean Lorrain and the Mise en Abyme of the Creative Process", MLAC PG Forum. Durham, England.
  • Burin, Alexandre (2017), "Jean Lorrain, texte-Arlequin et ethos auctorial", 'Style' NCFS 43rd Annual Conference. Charlottesville, VA, USA.
  • Burin, Alexandre (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, Society for French Studies Annual Conference. Durham, England.
  • Burin, Alexandre (2017), Bernardino Luini's Salome and the head of St John the Baptist in Monsieur de Bougrelon by Jean Lorrain, Oggetti di ieri: Italian objects in the literary and artistic culture of the long fin de siècle (1868-1918). Florence, Italy.
  • Burin, Alexandre (2015), “Haunted colours, haunting words”. Jean Lorrain’s La Princesse des chemins and the influence of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, ‘Paris & London 1851-1900: Spaces of Transformation’ International Conference. Oxford, England.
  • Burin, Alexandre (2015), Oscar Wilde and Jean Lorrain, Fin-de-siecle Echoes. London, England.
  • Burin, Alexandre (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, ‘Wilde in Paris 2014’ International Colloquium. Paris, France.
  • Burin, Alexandre (2014), L’usage du français dans The Picture of Dorian Gray: hermaphrodisme du langage pour la formation d’une langue-laboratoire, ‘Multilingual French Identities’ Colloquium. Lancaster, England.
  • Burin, Alexandre (2014), Oscar Wilde et Gustave Moreau, des lignes en filigrane, ‘Textures’ Conference. Cambridge, England.

Edited book

Journal Article

Other (Print)

  • Burin, Alexandre (2016). Jean Lorrain. The Literary Encyclopedia Volume Nineteenth-Century French Writing and Culture, 1800-1900.

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Selected Grants

  • 2016: AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership