Richard Somerset

Département/Department: Anglais/English
Grade/Position: Enseignant-Chercheur/Teacher-Researcher
Title: Maitre de conférences/Lecturer

Domaines de recherche/Research Interests :
• Histoire des idées, XIXe siècle/History of ideas, 19th century
• Histoire de l’évolutionnisme/History of evolutionary thought
• Historiographie du XIXe siècle/19th century historiography
• Science et littérature/Science and literature

• Histoire de disciplines/History of disciplines and disciplinary formation

Diplômes/Degrees :
• PhD, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK (1998)
• MA, University of Sussex, UK (1993)
• BA (Hons), Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, UK (1990)

Projets en cours/Current Projects : Richard Somerset est membre du groupe “Institutionalisation des disciplines” au sein d’IDEA. Dans ce cadre, il co-dirige avec Matthew Smith un ouvrage, Mapping Fields of Study: the Cultural and Institutional Spaces of English Studies, qui paraîtra chez PUN courant 2108. Dans le cadre d’un projet annexe en partenariat avec SEARCH (Université de Strasbourg) il co-dirige un ouvrage avec Jean-Jacques Chardin (Université de Strasbourg) et Sorana Corneanu (Université de Bucharest) intitulé, Ordering Knowledge before the Organisation of Disciplines: Learning and Culture in the shaping of European Modernity qui devrait apparaître en 2019.

Bureau/Office: A308
Adresse: UFR Langues et Littératures Etrangères, 3 place Godefroy de Bouillon, BP 3397, 54015 Nancy cedex, France
Téléphone/Phone: +33(0)3 54 50 50 54
Email: richard.somerset@univ-lorraine.fr

Publications et communications récentes/Recent Publications and Conference Presentations :
Revues internationales et ouvrages internationaux avec comité de lecture/International Peer-reviewed Book Chapters and Journal Articles

‘Palaeontological pedagogues of the 1830s: the prehistory of the ‘history of life’ genre’, in BJHS Themes, April 2018. https://doi.org/10.1017/bjt.2018.7

‘Telling the Story of Life Twice: Henry Knipe and the Versification of Natural History’, in Muriel Louâpre, Hugues Marchal and Michel Pierssens (eds.), La Poésie scientifique: de la gloire au déclin, ouvrage électronique mis en ligne en janvier 2014 sur le site Epistémocritique, epistemocritique.org, p. 233-258.

‘Arabella Buckley and the Feminisation of Evolution as a Communication Strategy’, Nineteenth Century Gender Studies, Special issue: “Women Writing the Natural World”, Issue 7.2, summer 2011. http://www.ncgsjournal.com/

‘Textual evolution: the transformation of Louis Figuier’s La Terre avant le déluge’, in The Translator, Special issue: Science in translation. Vol. 17, No. 2, November 2011: 255-274.

“Bringing (Anti-)Evolutionism into the Nursery: Narrative Strategies in the Emergent ‘History Of Life’ Genre” in Science in the Nursery: The Popularisation of Science in Britain and France, 1761-1901, L. Talairach-Vielmas (ed.) Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011.

Revues nationales et ouvrages nationaux avec comité de lecture/National Peer-reviewed Book Chapters and Journal Articles

‘From Monster to Ancestor: the Emergence and Animation of the Deep Past’, Cahiers victoriens et édourdiens, 85, printemps 2017. https://cve.revues.org/3166

‘History as Literature or History as Science: a young discipline reaches out to a young audience’ in Yannick Bellenger-Morvan and Colette Gauthier (eds.) Littérature pour la jeunesse et identités culurelles populaires. N° 20 de la revue Imaginaires, 2016: 19-38.

‘Representing Evolution: A Case Study in Visual Narrative’, in Marie-Odile Bernez and Mark Niemeyer (eds.), Illustration et discours scientifiques: perspectives historiques. Revue en ligne TextImage, N° 7, Printemps 2015. http://revue-textimage.com/sommaire/sommaire_11illustration_science.html

‘Seeking “True and Unperverted images of Nature”: Humphry Davy’s Romantic Geology’, in Thomas Constantinesco and Sophie Laniel-Musitelli (eds.), Romanticism and the Philosophical Tradition. Nancy: Presses Universitaires de Nancy – Editions Universitaires de Lorraine, 2015.

‘Varieties of Science and Literature Studies, or What Price Interdisciplinarity?’, in Claudine Armand, Vanessa Boullet, David Ten Eyck (eds.), Enjeux et positionnements de l’interdisciplinarité. Positioning Interdisciplinarity. Nancy: Presses Universitaires de Lorraine, 2014.

‘Raconter l’évolution en images : la vulgarisation d’Arabella Buckley’, in David Banks (ed.), L’image dans le texte scientifique, Paris : L’Harmattan, 2013.

‘L’ « Histoire de la Vie » de Louis Figuier : un genre au service de l’(anti)évolutionnisme’, in L’Héritage de Charles Darwin dans les cultures européennes, ed. Michel Plum & Georges Letissier, Paris : l’Harmattan, 2011.

‘Popular Evolutionism and the Ethics of Progress’, in Delmas, Vandamme and Andréolle (eds.), Science and Empire in the Nineteenth Century: A Journey of Imperial Conquest and Scientific Progress. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010.

“Narrating Evolution: harnessing the facts”, in Collé-Bak, Latham & Ten Eyck (eds.) ‘Left/Out: Texts and Ur-Texts’, Nancy: Presses Universitaires de Nancy, 2009.

Comptes rendus/Book Reviews
Ian Hesketh, The Science of History in Victorian Britain: Making the Past Speak (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2011). For the British Society of Literature and Science. http://www.bsls.ac.uk/reviews/

Peter Garratt, Victorian Empiricism: Self, Knowledge, and Reality in Ruskin, Bain, Lewes, Spencer, and George Eliot. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2010. British Society of Literature and Science. http://www.bsls.ac.uk/reviews/

Sélection de publications antérieures à 2007/Selected Older Publications:
‘Darwinian ‘Becoming’ and Early Nineteenth-Century Historiography: the cases of Jules Michelet and Thomas Carlyle’ in David Knight & Matthew Eddy (eds.) Science and Beliefs: From Natural Philosophy to Natural Science, 1700-1900. Ashgate, 2005.

‘The Naturalist in Balzac: the relative influence of Cuvier and Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire’, French Forum, Vol. 27 (2002), 81-111.

‘Transformism, Evolution and Romanticism’, Nineteenth-Century French Studies; Vol. 29 (2000-2001), 1-20.

Communications/Papers Delivered

EXPLORA 3rd Annual International conference, Université de Toulouse II, “Into the Deep: Monstrous creatures, alien worlds”, Toulouse, 14-15 June 2012: “Into “the unknown abyss of Nature’s laboratory”: the oceanic prelude to the story of Life.”

7th annual Conference of the British Society of Literature and Science, Oxford University, UK, April 201: “’Mutilated wrecks of former ages’ and the struggle for narrative form: James Parkinson and the emergence of the popular History of Life.”

 

26th Annual Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, “Speaking Nature” au Pitzer College, Claremont, California, April 2011: “‘Insight into passing things’: landscapes of natural and civil history reformulated.”

Colloque international, Université de Montréal et Université de Paris III, « La Poésie scientifique, de la gloire au déclin » à Montréal, Canada, septembre 2010 : “Henry Knipe and the Evolutionary Epic.”

10e Congrès européen de l’ESSE (English Society for the Study of English), Università Degli Studi di Torino, Turin, Italie, 24-28 août 2010: “‘Insight into Things Past’: the recasting of natural and civil history.’

5th annual Conference of the British Society of Literature and Science, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK, April 2010: “Narrative Form in the Popular History of Life.”

IDEA Seminar, Nancy-Université, Nancy, March 2010: “La Terre avant le déluge/ The World before the Deluge: the transformation of a classic of popular science.”

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