Associate Professor

nicolas.gauthier@uwaterloo.cang
519-888-4567 x32773
Office: ML 332A

  • Post-Doctorate Fellowship, University of Calgary, 2011-2012
  • Ph.D. French Studies, University of Montreal and University Stendhal – Grenoble 3 (France), 2011
  • Foreign Scientific Boarder at the École Normale Supérieure – Lettres et Sciences Humaines (Lyon, France), 2006-2007
  • M.A. French Studies, University of Montreal, 2004
  • B.A. French Studies, University of Montreal, 2002

Biography

I am an alumni from the University of Montreal and from the University Stendhal – Grenoble 3. I mostly work on how crime is fictionalized in 19th-century novels and on the development of newspapers fiction (roman-feuilleton). After studying urban mysteries in my doctoral thesis, I now focus my research on how popular culture gives us insights on the anxieties and the fascination created by modernity. 

Research and teaching interests

  • 19th-century novel
  • Newspapers fiction
  • History of the press
  • Popular culture (19th century to present)
  • Urbanity and criminality
  • Detective novels
  • Children's literature

Current projects

My current research projects are organized along two different topics intimately linked together: literary representation of urban criminality and the development of newspaper fictions. 
 
My work aims to shed light on the ways literary works – often from forgotten authors – integrate the modern city and the mass media. I study how these new realities, effective or fantasized, involve new ways to publish, new publics to conquer, and efforts to reinvent well-known themes. My recent projects are focused on the strategies deployed in these literary works to seduce the reader by transforming old literary processes in order to create new effects, a technique still relevant in popular culture today.
 
I am also currently principal investigator on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant developing an online database of newspaper fiction in France between 1836 and 1881. This project intends to organize the unknown continent constituted by roman-feuilleton and aims at providing a more accurate perception of 19th-century novel by going beyond the authors always remembered by literary history books. The database is called Le Rez-de-chaussée; it can be accessed here: http://rezdechaussee.uwaterloo.ca/
 

Selected publications

Lire la ville, dire le crime. Mise en scène de la criminalité dans les mystères urbains de 1840 à 1860, Limoges, Presses universitaires de Limoges, 2017, 289 p.

“Le tapis-franc criminel et le salon respectable : mise en regard chronotopique dans les mystères urbains (1842-1859)”, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, 46, nos 1&2 Fall-Winter 2017-2018, pp. 42-57.

“Combattre la monotonie du crime, banaliser la violence : l’assassinat dans Les Nuits du Palais-Royal” in Patrick Bergeron and France Grenaudier-Klijn (eds.), “Le Rouge et le noir”, @nalyses, vol. 12, n. 1 (Hiver 2017), pp. 52-78.

“Eugène-François Vidocq, penseur de l’espace social criminel”, in Paul Aron and Jean-Pierre Bertrand (eds.), “Le sens du social”, Romantisme, n. 175 (2017-1), p. 29-38.

“Ternir l’héroïsme : modernité(s) du complot et de l’espionnage févaliens” in François-Emmanuel Boucher, Sylvain David, and Maxime Prévost (eds.), “Espionnage, complots, secrets d’État : l’imaginaire de la terreur”, Études littéraires : études, analyses, débats, n. Fall 2015 (published in 2017), p. 17-29.

Not good, never boring : le culte de l’imprévisible dans 24” in François-Emmanuel Boucher, Sylvain David, and Maxime Prévost (eds.), Les Téléséries: l’historicité des communautés imaginaires, Montréal, Nota Bene, 2016, p. 71-86.

Pourvu qu’on paie bien… : quête du profit chez les personnages févaliens” in Dominique Laporte and Agnès Sandras (eds.), “Le mystérieux Paul Féval”, Le Rocambole : bulletin des amis du roman populaire, n. 75-76 (Summer-Fall 2016), p. 127-136.

“L’Homme et la bête : chiens et politique dans Les Mohicans de Paris”, in Nigel Lezama, Joëlle Papillon, and Rocky Penate (eds.), ‘‘Des animaux dans la littérature : du proche et du lointain’’, Voix plurielles (Brock University), vol. 12, n. 2 (2015), p. 138-151.

Awards and achievements

  • Arts Awards – Excellence in Research, 2018, University of Waterloo.

  • SSHRC Insight Grant, 2017-2022. “Le Rez-de-chaussée : répertoire en ligne du roman-feuilleton français au XIXe siècle” (principal investigator)

  • SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2014-16. “Le rez-de-chaussée : répertoire électronique du roman-feuilleton français du XIXe siècle” (principal investigator)
  • Lois Claxton Humanities and Social Sciences Award, University of Waterloo, 2013
  • “Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la cultureˮ (Quebec Society and Culture Research Board): Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2012-14 (declined)

Selected professional and community affiliations

  • Association canadienne des études francophones du XIXe siècle” (ACEF19).
  • Association “Littératures Populaires et Culture Médiatique” (LPCM).
  • Association des Professeurs/es de Français des Université et Collèges canadiens (APFUCC)
  • Société des Amis d’Alexandre Dumas
Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo