Dr Julia Hartley

  • Lecturer (Comparative Literature) (Comparative Literature)

Biography

I am a Lecturer in Comparative Literature in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. Prior to joining Glasgow in 2023, I was Lecturer in Comparative Literature at King's College London and Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Warwick. I completed my BA, Masters, and doctorate (2016) in French and Italian literature at the University of Oxford. In 2017, I also completed a second Masters in Iranian Studies at SOAS.

As a British-Italian from Brussels with personal ties to Iran I am passionate about teaching and researching literature from a comparative perspective, as well as fostering inclusive and multicultural learning environments.

Research interests

  • The works of Dante
  • 19th and early 20th French literature (especially Proust, Baudelaire, women’s writing, and Orientalist writing)
  • The figure of the writer across languages, periods, and cultures
  • The history of cross-cultural exchange between Iran and Europe (including literary translation and travel-writing)
  • Representations of Iran in the West from antiquity to modernity

My first monograph Reading Dante and Proust by Analogy (Legenda, 2019) offers a comparative reading of Dante's Divine Comedy and Proust's In Search of Lost Time, focusing in particular on these two works’ treatment of the narrator protagonist, journey metaphors, guide figures, and artistic redemption. The book, based on my doctoral research, has been praised by reviewers for its contribution to the field of comparative literature, as well as its engaging and accessible style.

During my Leverhulme Fellowship at Warwick I developed my second major research project, on French writing on Iran in the long nineteenth century. It covers everything from women travellers in Qajar Iran, to the invention of the Aryan myth, to the impact of Persian literature in translation on French writers. The project's main output is my second monograph, Iran and French Orientalism, which will be published by I.B. Tauris this winter. It has also led to the publication of several articles, mainly developed through collaborative projects, namely a special issue of Iranian Studies (2019), an edited volume entitled French Decadence in a Global Context (Liverpool University Press, 2022), a festschrift in honour of Edward J. Hughes (Legenda, 2022), and the dialogues fostered by the European Networks of Orientalism research network.

As well as traditional academic publications, I enjoy sharing my research through radio broadcasts and creative writing for theatre and tv. In 2021 I was nominated as a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker and I continue to contribute regularly to programmes on BBC Radio 3.

 

Publications

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2023

Hartley, J. (2023) Iran and French Orientalism: Persia in the Literary Culture of Nineteenth-Century France. I.B Tauris: London. (In Press)

2022

Hartley, J. C., Suwanwattana, W. and Yee, J. (Eds.) (2022) French Decadence in a Global Context: Colonialism and Exoticism. Series: Francophone postcolonial studies N.S.. Liverpool University Press: Liverpool. ISBN 978180207056

Hartley, J. (2022) Exhuming Susa: gender, decadence, and orientalism in Jane Dieulafoy’s Journal de fouilles (1888) and Parysatis (1890). In: Hartley, J., Suwanwattana, W. and Yee, J. (eds.) French Decadence in a Global Context: Colonialism and Exoticism. Series: Francophone postcolonial studies N.S. (13). Liverpool University Press: Liverpool. ISBN 9781802070569

Hartley, J. (2022) “Les noms magiques”: names, places, and Persian-ness in Noailles, Bibesco, and Proust. In: Watt, A. A. (ed.) Labours of Attention: Essays for Edward J. Hughes. Legenda: Oxford. ISBN 9781839540554

2019

Hartley, J. C. (2019) The medieval and the modern in Baudelaire’s “À une passante”. Nineteenth-Century French Studies, 48(1-2), pp. 98-113. (doi: 10.1353/ncf.2019.0016)

Hartley, J. C. (2019) Beyond Orientalism: when Marceline Desbordes-Valmore carried Saʿdi’s Roses to France. Iranian Studies, 52(5-6), pp. 785-808. (doi: 10.1080/00210862.2019.1626223)

Hartley, J. C. (2019) Reading Dante and Proust by Analogy. Series: Transcript, 12. Legenda: Oxford. ISBN 9781781888438

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Articles

Hartley, J. C. (2019) The medieval and the modern in Baudelaire’s “À une passante”. Nineteenth-Century French Studies, 48(1-2), pp. 98-113. (doi: 10.1353/ncf.2019.0016)

Hartley, J. C. (2019) Beyond Orientalism: when Marceline Desbordes-Valmore carried Saʿdi’s Roses to France. Iranian Studies, 52(5-6), pp. 785-808. (doi: 10.1080/00210862.2019.1626223)

Books

Hartley, J. (2023) Iran and French Orientalism: Persia in the Literary Culture of Nineteenth-Century France. I.B Tauris: London. (In Press)

Hartley, J. C. (2019) Reading Dante and Proust by Analogy. Series: Transcript, 12. Legenda: Oxford. ISBN 9781781888438

Book Sections

Hartley, J. (2022) Exhuming Susa: gender, decadence, and orientalism in Jane Dieulafoy’s Journal de fouilles (1888) and Parysatis (1890). In: Hartley, J., Suwanwattana, W. and Yee, J. (eds.) French Decadence in a Global Context: Colonialism and Exoticism. Series: Francophone postcolonial studies N.S. (13). Liverpool University Press: Liverpool. ISBN 9781802070569

Hartley, J. (2022) “Les noms magiques”: names, places, and Persian-ness in Noailles, Bibesco, and Proust. In: Watt, A. A. (ed.) Labours of Attention: Essays for Edward J. Hughes. Legenda: Oxford. ISBN 9781839540554

Edited Books

Hartley, J. C., Suwanwattana, W. and Yee, J. (Eds.) (2022) French Decadence in a Global Context: Colonialism and Exoticism. Series: Francophone postcolonial studies N.S.. Liverpool University Press: Liverpool. ISBN 978180207056

This list was generated on Fri Jan 27 00:43:06 2023 GMT.

Supervision

I am interested in receiving proposals for BA/MA dissertations and PhD research projects in the following areas:

  • Nineteenth-century French literature, especially themes of gender and race, and understudied genres such as opera, historiography, and travel-writing. 
  • The works of Dante, and by extension Italian poetry and medieval literature
  • Proust, and by extension early 20th-century literature
  • Orientalism and questions of cross-cultural representation
  • Translations, receptions, and adaptations of Middle-Eastern literature in the West