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Nicolas Gauthier

Assistant Professor

Nicolas Gauthiernicolas.gauthier@uwaterloo.ca
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. I am currently principal investigator on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant looking to build an online database of newspaper fiction during the July Monarchy in France.

Research and teaching interests

  • 19th-century novel
  • Newspapers fiction
  • History of the press
  • Popular culture (19th century to present)
  • Urbanity and criminality
  • Detective novels
  • Money in 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 perusing and analyzing different French newspapers published under the July Monarchy in order to build a database designed to organize the unknown continent constituted by roman-feuilleton. This project aims at providing a more accurate perception of 19th-century novel by going beyond the authors always remembered by literary history books. At this stage, I try to reach a critical mass of data and will eventually make the database available online. 
 

Selected publications

“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

  • 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).
  • Secretary of the association since July 1st 2014.
  • 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