Dr Manon Mathias

  • Lecturer (French)

Research interests

 

 

Research interests

 

  • medical humanities
  • literature and science
  • literature and medicine
  • gut health
  • gut-brain axis
  •  the nineteenth-century novel

  •  history of science

  •  food history

  •  food and health

  •  history of medicine

  •  dietetics

  •  popular medicine

  •  dirt theory

  •  food and politics

  •  utopianism

  •  art-text relations   

 

 

 

Digestive Health project

 

Inspired by my work on the dirty body and the tendency to avoid or dismiss the 'lower body' in recent Western culture, I am now beginning the first interdisciplinary study of digestive health in French culture by looking at advice on diet and digestion in nineteenth-century novels, cookbooks and health manuals. As part of the project I organized an international, cross-disciplinary workshop in May 2017 on Gut Feeling to examine changing attitudes towards the digestive system in modern Western culture. The event was funded by a range of external sources including the British Academy. I also led a public discussion in collaboration with historians of medicine, microbiologists, and nutritionists to consider the value of historical and cultural approaches to questions of modern health. A key insight that emerged is the importance of emotion and psychology in eating and digesting. The event provided the basis for a volume of essays, Gut Feeling and Digestive Health in Nineteenth-Century Literature, History and Culture (Palgrave: Forthcoming) which I am co-editing with Alison Moore (Western Sydney University). To foster further research on digestive health from a historical and cultural perspective, I organized a round table on 'Digestive Health: Then and Now' in November 2017 and a two-day workshop on 'The Gut-Brain Axis: Cultural and Historical Perspectives' in May 2018.  I am also writing my next monograph, Digestive Health in Nineteenth-Century French Culture

 

Background

 

My research examines the literary, visual, medical and scientific culture of nineteenth-century France. My first monograph, Vision in the Novels of George Sand(OUP, 2015), considers the pull between the visual and the visionary in this period through an examination of Sand’s novels, in particular by exploring internal vision, the model of painting, and the scientific gaze. The book draws on my PhD thesis which was awarded the George Sand Memorial Prize in 2013. Inspired by Sand’s scientific explorations, I continued to examine engagements between the novel and the natural sciences, in particular in the works of Sand, Flaubert and Zola. This led to significant findings such as unexpected links drawn by thinkers of the time between transformist theories and reincarnation. This research was funded by the British Society for the History of Science and the Carnegie Trust. In my more recent work I have examined the cultural impact of bacteriology on attitudes towards dirt and hygiene in the second half of the nineteenth century. I am on the core team for SNNEC (Scottish Network for Nineteenth-Century European Cultures) and am currently organising the network's final workshop on networks of philosophy, technology, science and health.

 

 

 

 

Recent and forthcoming invited talks

Keynote Speaker, King's College London, 10 November 2018,  Tummy Trouble 2018

University of Oxford, 5 June 2018 What is health? It is chocolate!’: Chocolate, medicine, and writing in nineteenth-century France  (Science, Medicine and Culture in the 19th Century Seminar)

University of Strasbourg, 16 May 2018    « George Sand et l'alimentation: Les Maîtres sonneurs », ("Edere et audire" Seminar)                 

 

Reviews of Vision in the Novels of George Sand:

'Vision in the Novels of George Sand is conceptually profound in its articulation of vision and the visual; at the same time, it is lucidly written and accessible. The book also casts a wide net, relating the concept of vision to literary esthetics, social utopianism, painting, and scientific investigation. [...] Vision in the Novels of George Sand is an ambitious and successful monograph. It has much to offer even the seasoned Sand scholar. Meticulously researched and clearly written, it makes a robust contribution to nineteenth-century French literary studies.' (Pratima Prasad, H-France Review)

‘Mathias has written a well-structured, articulate, and convincing work. She demonstrates an impressive mastery of Sand’s œuvre and draws on a significant corpus of literary theory and history, as well as Sand criticism, in order to illuminate Sand’s original conceptions of vision. Mathias’ examples […] are remarkably effective and analyzed with fine attention to detail. […] Vision in the Novels of George Sand is a fascinating study, wide-ranging in scope.  It offers not only an original perspective on Sand’s work but also a renewed challenge to the clichéd categories of literary history.’ (Mary Jane Cowles, Nineteenth-Century French Studies)

‘Manon Mathias’s elegant and insightful study, Vision in the Novels of George Sand, presents a scrupulously researched and beautifully written exploration of the ideas of physical and abstract vision in George Sand’s oeuvre. Going far beyond its modest title both in the scope of its analyses and in its intellectual range, Mathias’s monograph brings refreshing new perspectives to our understanding of the most important female author in nineteenth-century France.’ (Alexandra K. Wettlaufer, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature)

‘Mathias's well-researched and comprehensive book on Sand's distinct syncretic approach to visuality makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of nineteenth-century realism’ (Aimée Boutin, French Studies)

 

 

 


Grants

2018              Society for Social History of Medicine (£311)

2018                British Society for the History of Science (£300)

2017                British Academy Small Research Grant (£8,840)

2017               Society for French History (£500)

2017                British Society for Literature and Science Small Research Grant (£400)

2016                Society for French Studies Conference Grant (£300)

2016                British Society for the History of Science (£300)

2016                Carnegie Research Incentive Grant (£4,300)

2015                British Society for the History of Science Research Grant (£300)

2014                Carnegie Trust Research Grant (£2,500)

2007–2010      Saunders Lewis Fellowship (£7,500)


Teaching

 

Nineteenth-century France is a deeply invigorating period to study and teach and I enjoy developing new courses that draw on exciting new work in nineteenth-century studies. For example, I have recently launched a new Honours option on Food in French Culture, inspired by my current research project on digestive health. I also enjoy teaching all aspects of language and have experience of teaching grammar; composition; and translation into and out of French at all levels.

I currently teach on the following courses:

French Language 2; French Culture 2; Junior Honours French Written Language; Food and Culture in France

 

 


Additional Information

BIOGRAPHY

I was born and raised in Cardiff where I attended a Welsh-medium comprehensive. I undertook my undergraduate degree in French and German at the University of Oxford (Trinity College) where I also completed my postgraduate degrees. After a Masters of Studies on European Literature, I was awarded a D.Phil in 2011 on the novelist George Sand. I worked as Rhys Fund Celtic Teaching Fellow, University of Oxford in 2007–2008 and then as Lecturer in French at Worcester College, University of Oxford from 2010 to 2011. I was Lecturer in French at Bangor University (2011–2012) and the University of Aberdeen (2013–2017), and was appointed as Lecturer in French at Glasgow in 2017.

 

UNIVERSITY ROLES 

  •  Go Abroad Officer
  • Chair, Medical Humanities Discussion Group

 

EXTERNAL ROLES

 


Publications

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Jump to: 2018 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2008 | 2007
Number of items: 15.

2018

Mathias, M. (2018) Recycling excrement in Flaubert and Zola. Forum for Modern Language Studies, 54(2), pp. 224-243. (doi:10.1093/fmls/cqx040)

Mathias, M. (2018) Pre-Darwinian species change: reincarnation and transformism in George Sand’s Évenor et Leucippe. Journal of Literature and Science, 11(1), pp. 33-49. (doi:10.12929/jls.11.1.03)

Mathias, M. (2018) A disease-free world: the hygienic utopia in Jules Verne, Camille Flammarion and William Morris. In: Dixon, M., Taylor-Brown, E. and Shuttleworth, S. (eds.) Diseases of Modern Life. Manchester University Press. (In Press)

Mathias, M. and Moore, A. M. (2018) Gut Feeling and Digestive Health in Nineteenth-Century Literature, History and Culture. Series: Literature, Science and Medicine. Palgrave. (Accepted for Publication)

2016

Mathias, M. (2016) Sand, Flaubert, Cuvier: writing time and nature. French Studies, 70(4), pp. 519-534. (doi:10.1093/fs/knw163)

Mathias, M. (2016) 'L’esprit, le cœur et les bras”: Rethinking art as labour in George Sand. Modern Language Review, 111(1), pp. 104-120. (doi:10.5699/modelangrevi.111.1.0104)

2015

Mathias, M. (2015) Vision in the Novels of George Sand. Series: Oxford modern languages and literature monographs. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780198735397 (doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198735397.001.0001)

2014

Mathias, M. (2014) Mise en scène et visualisation dans les romans de George Sand. In: Nesci, C. and Bara, O. (eds.) Écriture, Performance et Théâtralité dans l’œuvre de George Sand. Series: Bibliothèque stendhalienne et romantique. ELLUG: Grenoble. ISBN 9782843102691

2013

Mathias, M. (2013) Between text and image: negotiating the visual in a selection of George Sand’s novels. In: Guyon, L. and Watts, A. (eds.) Aller(s)-Retour(s): Nineteenth-Century France in Motion. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 79-95. ISBN 9781443847643

Mathias, M. (2013) Crystallography in Sand, Stendhal, Pictet, and Baudelaire. Dix-Neuf, 17(2), pp. 141-155. (doi:10.1179/1478731813Z.00000000031)

2012

Mathias, M. (2012) ‘Meiddio Byw’: Agwedd y llenor at fywyd yng ngohebiaeth George Sand a Gustave Flaubert, Kate Roberts a Saunders Lewis = [‘Daring to live': Work-life balance in the world of the writer]. Gwerddon, 12, pp. 79-96.

Mathias, M. (2012) Y Llythyr a'r Llyfr. Astudiaeth Feirniadol o Ohebiaeth George Sand a Gustave Flaubert, Kate Roberts a Saunders Lewis’, [Literary Letters. A Comparative Study of the Correspondence of George Sand and Gustave Flaubert, and Kate Roberts and Saunders Lewis]. In: Hallam, T. and Price, A. (eds.) Ysgrifau Beirniadol XXXI. Gwasg Gee: Bethesda, pp. 9-30. ISBN 9781904554172

2011

Mathias, M. , O’Sullivan, M. and Vorstman, R. eds. (2011) Display and Disguise. Series: Modern French Identities, 95. Peter Lang: Oxford. ISBN 9783034301770

2008

Mathias, M. (2008) Nanon (1872): une défense du capitalisme? Réflexions sur la signification de l’argent dans l’œuvre ainsi qu’autour de l’œuvre. George Sand Studies, 28, pp. 57-64.

2007

Mathias, M. (2007) “Dyn dewr, gwraig dda”: deuoliaeth ym mywyd a gwaith George Sand = [“A brave man, a good woman”: dualities in the life and works of George Sand]. Taliesin, 132, pp. 66-77.

This list was generated on Thu Sep 20 11:23:56 2018 BST.
Number of items: 15.

Articles

Mathias, M. (2018) Recycling excrement in Flaubert and Zola. Forum for Modern Language Studies, 54(2), pp. 224-243. (doi:10.1093/fmls/cqx040)

Mathias, M. (2018) Pre-Darwinian species change: reincarnation and transformism in George Sand’s Évenor et Leucippe. Journal of Literature and Science, 11(1), pp. 33-49. (doi:10.12929/jls.11.1.03)

Mathias, M. (2016) Sand, Flaubert, Cuvier: writing time and nature. French Studies, 70(4), pp. 519-534. (doi:10.1093/fs/knw163)

Mathias, M. (2016) 'L’esprit, le cœur et les bras”: Rethinking art as labour in George Sand. Modern Language Review, 111(1), pp. 104-120. (doi:10.5699/modelangrevi.111.1.0104)

Mathias, M. (2013) Crystallography in Sand, Stendhal, Pictet, and Baudelaire. Dix-Neuf, 17(2), pp. 141-155. (doi:10.1179/1478731813Z.00000000031)

Mathias, M. (2012) ‘Meiddio Byw’: Agwedd y llenor at fywyd yng ngohebiaeth George Sand a Gustave Flaubert, Kate Roberts a Saunders Lewis = [‘Daring to live': Work-life balance in the world of the writer]. Gwerddon, 12, pp. 79-96.

Mathias, M. (2008) Nanon (1872): une défense du capitalisme? Réflexions sur la signification de l’argent dans l’œuvre ainsi qu’autour de l’œuvre. George Sand Studies, 28, pp. 57-64.

Mathias, M. (2007) “Dyn dewr, gwraig dda”: deuoliaeth ym mywyd a gwaith George Sand = [“A brave man, a good woman”: dualities in the life and works of George Sand]. Taliesin, 132, pp. 66-77.

Books

Mathias, M. and Moore, A. M. (2018) Gut Feeling and Digestive Health in Nineteenth-Century Literature, History and Culture. Series: Literature, Science and Medicine. Palgrave. (Accepted for Publication)

Mathias, M. (2015) Vision in the Novels of George Sand. Series: Oxford modern languages and literature monographs. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780198735397 (doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198735397.001.0001)

Mathias, M. , O’Sullivan, M. and Vorstman, R. eds. (2011) Display and Disguise. Series: Modern French Identities, 95. Peter Lang: Oxford. ISBN 9783034301770

Book Sections

Mathias, M. (2018) A disease-free world: the hygienic utopia in Jules Verne, Camille Flammarion and William Morris. In: Dixon, M., Taylor-Brown, E. and Shuttleworth, S. (eds.) Diseases of Modern Life. Manchester University Press. (In Press)

Mathias, M. (2014) Mise en scène et visualisation dans les romans de George Sand. In: Nesci, C. and Bara, O. (eds.) Écriture, Performance et Théâtralité dans l’œuvre de George Sand. Series: Bibliothèque stendhalienne et romantique. ELLUG: Grenoble. ISBN 9782843102691

Mathias, M. (2013) Between text and image: negotiating the visual in a selection of George Sand’s novels. In: Guyon, L. and Watts, A. (eds.) Aller(s)-Retour(s): Nineteenth-Century France in Motion. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 79-95. ISBN 9781443847643

Mathias, M. (2012) Y Llythyr a'r Llyfr. Astudiaeth Feirniadol o Ohebiaeth George Sand a Gustave Flaubert, Kate Roberts a Saunders Lewis’, [Literary Letters. A Comparative Study of the Correspondence of George Sand and Gustave Flaubert, and Kate Roberts and Saunders Lewis]. In: Hallam, T. and Price, A. (eds.) Ysgrifau Beirniadol XXXI. Gwasg Gee: Bethesda, pp. 9-30. ISBN 9781904554172

This list was generated on Thu Sep 20 11:23:56 2018 BST.