Thornton Sara

Posted on November 2, 2019


Research themes

  • British and French nineteenth-century novel

  • Victorian print culture and the urban space

  • Persistence of Victorian forms, practices and thought

  • Aesthetics, politics and economics in Britain and the Empire.

  • Emerging subjectivities (gendered, post-/decolonial and animal)

Current Project

  • Imagining Capital : aesthetic responses to economic pressures in the nineteenth-century: the representation of capital and its effects/affects in literature and the press in Britain and Empire.
  • paradigm shifts, new forms of affect, emerging subjectivities and new relationships with the environment in the Victorian period

Doctoral research themes

I welcome research projects on Victorian literature and print culture including the persistence of its thought, practices and forms (media adaptation, aesthetic and political borrowings); the effects of capital including the affect or sensibilities which cluster around money and its circulation within Britain and the Empire; the urban space and the life of the city’s inhabitants (new animal, gender or post/decolonial subjectivities).

Education and positions

  • 1980-84 : King’s College, Université de Londres, B. A. Honours: French language and literature.
  • 1984-86 : Ecole Normale Supérieure, 45 rue d’Ulm. MPhil in French and comparative literature (UFR Science des textes et des documents), Université Paris 7. Dissertation on the dynamics of seduction in La Cousine Bette de Balzac directed by Nicole Mozet et Julia Kristeva).

  • 1992 : Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle : PhD (Doctorat Nouveau Régime) in English literature on W. M. Thackeray and the vanity of the text. Jury : Hubert Teyssandier (DR). Roger Chazal, Jean-Jacques Lecercle, Marie-Christine Lemardeley, Michel Baridon.

  • 1992 : Permanent position as Associate Professor (Maître de conferences) at Université de Picardie, Amiens
  • 1998 : Associate Professor (Maître de conferences) at Université Paris Diderot
  • 2006 : Diploma for the status of research supervisor (Diplôme d’Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches)
 at Université Paris Diderot. Jury : Marie-Françoise Cachin (garante), Cornélius Crowley, Catherine Lanone, Jean-Jacques Lecercle, Alexis Tadié.
  • 2007 : Post as full Professeur at Université Paris Diderot

Administration and responsabilities

  • 2011-2018: Elected member of the board of Doctoral School 131 of Université de Paris

  • 2014-today : Elected member of the scientific committee for the faculty of English Studies, Université de Paris

  • 2013-today : Co-director of the Masters programme « Intelligence et innovation culturelles ». Two year work placement MA programme. 

  • 2014-18 : Chair of the academic association of Victorian and Edwardian Studies « Société Française d’Etudes Victoriennes et Edouardiennes » (SFEVE)

  • 2015- today : Policy officer « Alumni Paris Diderot » working with the Vice-president of ‘Outreach to industry, society and health’. Position renewed for the new Université de Paris  (after P7 – P5 merger) 

  • 2017-today : advisor on academic matters at the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and innovation (Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur, de la recherche et de l’innovation)


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  • Comforting Creatures: Changing Visions of Animal Otherness in the Victorian Period, Edition et introduction avec Laurence Roussillon-Constanty, Cahiers Victoriens et Edouardiens. N°88, 2018.
  • Dickens and the Virtual City: Urban Perception and the Production of Social Space, avec Estelle Murail, London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
  • Persistent Dickens, co-édition avec Alain Jumeau, Etudes Anglaises No. 1/2012, Paris : Editions Klincksieck, 2012.
  • Littérature et publicité : de Balzac à Beigbeder, co-édition avec Laurence Guellec et Françoise Hache-Bisette (eds.), Marseille : Editions Gaussen, 2012.
  • Circulation and Transfer of Key Scenes in Nineteenth-Century Literature avec Anne-Florence Gillard-Estrada, Cahiers Charles V, numéro 48, Paris, 2010.
  • Advertising, Subjectivity and the Nineteenth-Century Novel: Dickens, Balzac and the Language of the Walls, London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
  • Lectures d’une œuvre: Selected Stories de Kathrine Mansfield, avec Stéphanie Amar-Flood, Paris: Editions du Temps, 1997.
  • Lecture d’une œuvre: David Copperfield de Charles Dickens, Paris: Editions du Temps, 1996

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