Sophie Maddison

Research title: Urban Interconnections in the Works of Zola and Serao

Research Summary

My doctoral project examines representations of the city (particularly Paris and Naples) in works by Émile Zola (1840-1902) and Matilde Serao (1856-1927), combining new materialist and ecocritical approaches. My research interests include posthumanism, urban ecologies, and the interconnectedness of materiality and subjectivity in literary narratives. With these areas in mind, I am also exploring thematic overlaps between nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century French and Italian literature.


College of Arts Postgraduate Scholarship, University of Glasgow (2019-22)

Bellahouston Scholarship, University of Glasgow (2017-18)


Conference Organisation

Regeneration, 6th Annual Postgraduate Conference in Comparative Literature and Translation Studies, University of Glasgow, 14 May 2021

Conference Papers

‘Ontological Fluidity in Zola and Serao: New Materialist Approaches to the Fragmented Subjectivities of the Nineteenth Century’, Fluidity, University of Glasgow, 13 May 2020

‘Symphonic Interconnections : The Emotional Pull of the Material Environment in Le Ventre de Paris and Il paese di Cuccagna’, Dire et chanter les passions : les voix de l’émotion, Université d’Angers, 18-19 October 2019

‘From Physical Intermingling to Energetic Entanglement: The Body-Building Dynamic in Zola’s Paris’, The Body and the Built Environment in the Long Nineteenth Century, Durham University, 25 June 2019