Academic work & publishing

My research interests include art history and translation studies – close reading, formal analysis, the interaction of text and image, and the interpretation and translation of hybrid visual and literary texts. Matisse: The Books, a study of the artist’s eight major livres d’artiste (1932-50), is published by Thames & Hudson Ltd and the University of Chicago Press (September 2020).

I completed an MPhil at the University of London Institute in Paris in January 2013. Examined by Professor Susan Bassnett (Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Warwick) and Professor Eric Robertson of Royal Holloway, University of London, the thesis looks at the translation challenges posed by livres d’artiste – in particular Matisse’s Jazz and his Florilège des Amours de Ronsard. How does Matisse’s pictorial and decorative setting influence the translator’s choices in a new verse translation of poems by the 16th-century French poet Pierre de Ronsard?

‘…a highly original and intellectually rigorous piece of research that contains numerous valuable insights.’

Professors Susan Bassnett and Eric Robertson, June 2012.

Journal publications

‘Dancing on ropes with fettered legs: the rewards and challenges of translating livres d’artistes’, in Norwich Papers Vol. 21, University of East Anglia, November 2013.

Conference papers

‘Dancing on ropes with fettered legs: the rewards and challenges of translating livres d’artistes’, at It Gives Us the Other: Poetry and Translation, a conference and workday at the University of Nottingham, March 2011.

Teaching & workshops

I’m delighted to be tutoring translation from French at Bristol Translates summer school in July 2022.

As part of a series of post-graduate workshops at ULIP in 2010/11, exploring the French extrême littéraire, I lead a close reading and discussion of the work of self-styled Sadeian Gabrielle Wittkop. Proceedings of ULIP’s post-graduate conference on the topic are published by OUP.

Scholarly translations

Scholarly translation include journal articles for the Institut Français de la Mode (fashion & feminism, fashion & diversity…) and France’s Institut National de l’Histoire de l’Art (INHA: article abstracts for the institute’s journal Perspectives, and conference texts.)

  • Denis Ribouillault, ‘Regurgitating Nature: On a celebrated anecdote by Karel van Mander about Pieter Bruegel the Elder’, Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art, January 2016.
  • ‘Irene Kopelman: Expanded drawing’ by Bertrand Prévost (Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3), in Chiral Garden: Le Journal de la Verrière 3, October 2013.
  • Patrick Chamoiseau by Samia Khassab-Charfi, Institut Français/Gallimard, 2012.

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