School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Professor Nigel Harkness

Head of School


I am a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, where I completed my MA and PhD. During my PhD studies, I spent a year studying at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Before coming to Newcastle in 2014, I lectured in French at the University of Wales Swansea and Queen's University Belfast.

My research focuses on questions of gender in the nineteenth-century novel, particularly the ways in which these intersect with issues of representation, authorship and Realism. I am currently working on two large projects: an edition of George Sand's Elle et Lui for the Champion edition of Sand's Oeuvres complètes, and a monograph on the interactions between literature and sculpture in nineteenth-century French culture, provisionally entitled, Written in Stone.

I am currently President of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes and was a former editor of the Society's Journal, Dix-Neuf.