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Professor Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze, L es L, Maîtrise, Clermont-Ferrand; MA, PhD Dunelm (Durham University)

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Professor / Deputy Head of School in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43416
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 43421
Room number: A41, Elvet Riverside I

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Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze's research focuses on three main areas: Nineteenth-Century French literature and culture (Parody); French Cinema and Creative Writing. 

Her first novel, La logique de l'amanite, published by Grasset, appeared in August 2015.

La logique de l'amanite won the Prix André Dubreuil du Premier Roman awarded by the Société des Gens de Lettres (December 2015) and the Prix Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco "coup de coeur des lycéens" (October 2016).

She has published numerous books and articles/chapters on Emile Zola, Naturalist and fin de siècle fiction, and parody. She has examined parody both in its cultural specificity in Nineteenth Century France and, more broadly, as a theoretical object (with particular reference to genre and reception theory). This has allowed her to explore the various ways in which parody raises questions about art, literature and representation.

She is also interested in the relationship between word and image at the end of Nineteenth-Century France, especially in the cross-fertilization between literature and visual and popular culture (pantomime, circus, posters). 

Her second monograph focuses on French film director Claude Chabrol (Edinburgh University Press, 2018). She also has a strong interest in the French cinema of the 1920s and 1930s (Renoir and Carné) and on contemporary French cinema (Bruno Dumont). 

She is a member of the advisory board of French film journal Ecrans and reviews for: Nineteenth-Century French Studies ; French Studies ; Les Cahiers Naturalistes ; Modern and Contemporary France ; Fabula ; Modern Language Review ; Histara (Histoire de l'art, histoire des représentations et archéologie) and Revue d'Histoire littéraire de la France (RHLF). 

She has successfully supervised PhD theses in the fields of Nineteenth-Century French literature and culture and Cinema and is happy to receive expressions of interest from students willing to work in those fields.

Research Interests

  • C19th French Literature and Culture
  • French Cinema
  • Theory of Parody/Pastiche
  • Creative Writing

Selected Publications

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  • Dousteyssier-Khoze, Catherine (2018). Chabrol à la lumière de Balzac. In Balzac Contemporain. Massol, Chantal Classiques Garnier. 187-200.
  • Dousteyssier-Khoze, Catherine (2017). Mise en abyme, irony and visual cliché in Agnès Varda's Le Bonheur (1964). In Agnès Varda Unlimited: Image, Music, Media. Barnet, Marie-Claire Oxford: Legenda. 97-107.
  • Dousteyssier-Khoze, Catherine (2012). Cirque, affiche et littérature: l’américanisation du roman fin de siècle. In Littérature et Publicité. Guellec, Laurence, Hache-Bissette, Françoise & Thornton, Sara Editions Gaussen.
  • Dousteyssier-Khoze, Catherine (2011). Enfance, errance et subversion fin-de-siècle dans La Marquise de Sade (1887) de Rachilde. In Enfance et errance dans la littérature européenne du XIXe siècle. Hervouet-Farrar, Isabelle Presses Universitaires Blaise Pascal, collection 'Littératures'. 245-256.
  • Dousteyssier-Khoze, Catherine (2009). De Zola à Renoir Nana fait la pantomime. In Naturalisme et excès visuels: pantomime, parodie, image, fête. Mélanges en l'honneur de David Baguley. Dousteyssier-Khoze, Catherine & Welch, Ed Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 77-88.
  • Dousteyssier-Khoze, Catherine. (2009). Pantomime et cinéma: jeux corporels et génériques dans Drôle de drame de Marcel Carné. In Pantomime et théâtre du corps: transparence et opacité du hors-texte. Rykner, Arnaud Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes. 197-204.
  • Dousteyssier-Khoze, Catherine. (2008). Le(s) Jardin(s) des supplices: du roman au film. In Octave Mirbeau: passions et anathèmes. Himy, Laure & Pouloin, Gérard Caen: Presses Universitaires de Caen. 185-192.
  • Dousteyssier-Khoze, Catherine. (2008). Notes sur un dispositif fin de siècle: pub, parodie et poésie. In Images, Discours, Dispositifs. Penser la représentation II. Ortel, Philippe Paris: L'Harmattan, coll. 'Champs visuels'. 221-232.
  • Dousteyssier-Khoze, Catherine. (2007). L'Assommoir: From Novel to Drama to Theatrical Parody. In Novel Stages: Drama and the Novel in Nineteenth-Century France. Prasad, Pratima. & McCready, Susan. Newark: University of Delaware Press. 214-234.
  • Dousteyssier-Khoze, Catherine. (2006). Coquelin Cadet: la trajectoire d'un 'monologueur' fin de siècle. In L'Art de la parole vive. Paroles chantées et paroles dites à l'époque moderne. Hirschi, Stéphane, Pillet, Elizabeth & Vaillant, Alain Presses universitaires de Valenciennes. 251-263.
  • Dousteyssier-Khoze, Catherine (2006). De la parodicité l'exemple naturaliste. In Poétiques de la parodie et du pastiche de 1850 à nos jours. Dousteyssier-Khoze, Catherine & Place-Verghnes, Floriane Oxford: Peter Lang. 65-79.
  • Dousteyssier-Khoze, Catherine. (2006). Robida et Nana ou Robida et le 'nanaturalisme'. In Albert Robida. Compère, Daniel Paris: Les Belles Lettres. 167-175.
  • Dousteyssier-Khoze, Catherine (2003). Rocambole, le Second Empire et le Paris d'Haussmann. In Art and Literature of the Second Empire. Baguley, David Durham: Durham Modern Languages Series. 112-128.
  • Dousteyssier-Khoze, Catherine (2001). Fumisme: le rire jaune du Chat Noir. In (Ab)normalities. Dousteyssier-Khoze, Catherine & Scott, Paul Durham: Durham Modern Languages Series. 151-161.

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Edited Journal

  • Dousteyssier-Khoze, Catherine & Vaillant, Alain (2012). L'Art de la mystification. Romantisme, Revue du dix-neuvième siècle, 156 (2): Armand Colin.

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Selected Grants

  • 2006: Conseil Culturel de l'Ambassade Conference Award
  • 2005: British Academy Conference Award
  • 2005: Conseil Culturel de l'Ambassade Conference Award
  • 2004: AHRC Research Leave Award