Dr Richard Hibbitt

Dr Richard Hibbitt

Senior Lecturer in French and Comparative Literature

+44 (0)113 343 3495

Summary: Nineteenth and early twentieth-century French literature; comparative literature; the fin de siècle; dilettantism and cosmopolitanism.

Director of French (Subject Leader)

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/info/20053/french

Subject Leader for Comparative Literature:

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/coursefinder/22744/BA_English_and_Comparative_Literature?from=20040&categoryID=20040

Director of the Centre for World Literatures:

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/info/125234/centre_for_world_literatures//

Biography

My first degree was in French and German at Royal Holloway, University of London, which included a year working as an assistant in Strasbourg. After this I spent a year as a DAAD-funded visiting student at the University of Augsburg, followed by a MA in Comparative Literature at the University of East Anglia. I then took a PGCE at the University of Exeter and spent a year teaching French and German at various schools in London and Surrey. After this I returned to UEA to study for a PhD in Comparative Literature, during and after which I taught French there part-time. Before joining the Department at Leeds in 2007 I held two one-year Lectureships in French, at the National University of Ireland, Galway and at the University of York.

Teaching

I currently teach on the following modules: Resistance and Desire: Introduction to French Studies (Level 1); The Pleasures of French Poetry (Level 2); Reception, Transmission, Translation: The Global Circulation of Literature (Level 2) ; Contemporary World Literature (Level 3). I also teach on the school-wide Level 1 cornerstone module Worlds of Literature, which is a core module of the BA in English and Comparative Literature. I oversee the final-year projects in Comparative Literature and supervise projects on a variety of topics.

Research

My research interests encompass two overlapping areas. The first is nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French and comparative literature, with particular emphases on cultural exchange, the reception of fin-de-siècle literature, and the concepts of dilettantism and cosmopolitanism. This research has led to publications on Baudelaire, Bourget, Laforgue, Rimbaud, Rodenbach, Henry James, Thomas Mann and Oscar Wilde. I am currently working on the transnational cultural field in the nineteenth century, which is linked to my membership of Writing 1900, an international and cross-disciplinary research network:

http://www.writing1900.org/

My second area of research is informed by my wider interest in English, French and German literature from a comparative perspective, stretching from Montaigne to W. G. Sebald.  This includes my first book, Dilettantism and its Values: From Weimar Classicism to the Fin de Siècle (Legenda, 2006), and an ongoing interest in digression, experimentation and narratology. In 2011 I co-edited with Dr Jo Catling (UEA) a volume of essays on W. G. Sebald, entitled Saturn's Moons: W. G. Sebald - A Handbook (Legenda).

I am on the Executive Committee of the British Comparative Literature Association:

http://www.bcla.org/

and one of the General Editors of its journal Comparative Critical Studies,  published by Edinburgh University Press:

Comparative Critical Studies

I am also on the Executive Committee of the European Society of Comparative Literature:

https://escl-selc.eu/

At Leeds I am a member of the Literary Studies Research Group in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures:

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/info/125058/literary_studies_research_group

and one of the founding organisers of International Writers at Leeds, a programme of visiting writers in partnership with Leeds Central Library:

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/homepage/393/international_writers_at_leeds

I am interested in supervising research on the following areas: French and comparative fin-de-siècle literature, culture and thought, cosmopolitanism, cultural exchange, reception and translation during the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century;  different conceptions of dilettantism; comparative topics, particularly with a focus on literature in French and German; world literature.

Publications 

Books

Other Capitals of the Nineteenth Century: An Alternative Mapping of Literary and Cultural Space, ed. by Richard Hibbitt (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

http://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137570840

Saturn's Moons: W. G. Sebald - A Handbook, ed. by Jo Catling and Richard Hibbitt (Oxford: Legenda, 2011)http://www.mhra.org.uk/cgi-bin/legenda/legenda.pl?catalogue=b9781906540029

Dilettantism and its Values: From Weimar Classicism to the Fin de Siècle (Oxford: Legenda, 2006)

Editions

Oysters, Nightingales and Cooking-Pots: Selected Poetry and Prose of Tristan Corbière, trans. by Christopher Pilling, ed. by Richard Hibbitt and Katherine Lunn-Rockliffe (Leeds, Sheffield and York: White Rose University Press, forthcoming 2018)

http://universitypress.whiterose.ac.uk/site/catalogue/

Journal issues

Comparative Critical Studies, special edition on ‘Fin-de-siècle cosmopolitanism’, edited by Stefano Evangelista and Richard Hibbitt, 10.2 (2013)

http://www.euppublishing.com/toc/ccs/10/2?ai=t5ui=ydvaf=T

Comparative Critical Studies, special online edition on ‘Possible Worlds’, edited by Marina Warner with Richard Hibbitt, 9.3 (2012)

http://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/ccs.2012.0070

Articles, book chapters and other publications 

‘Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism in Nineteenth-Century France’, in Transnational French Studies, edited by Charles Forsdick and Claire Launchbury (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, forthcoming 2018)

‘Baudelaire and the Dilettante Work Ethic’, in The Labour of Literature in Britain and France, 1830-1930: Authorial Work Ethics, edited by Marcus Waithe and Claire White (London: Palgrave, forthcoming 2018)

‘The Symbolist Novel as Transnational Capital’, in Other Capitals of the Nineteenth Century: An Alternative Mapping of Literary and Cultural Space, ed. by Richard Hibbitt (London: Palgrave, 2017), pp. 247-65

‘W. G. Sebald et le roman: « c’est pas vraiment mon style », in W. G. Sebald: littérature et éthique documentaire, ed. by Muriel Pic and Jürgen Ritte (Paris: Presses universitaires de la Sorbonne, 2017), pp. 63-78

‘Bruges as Symbolic Capital’, in ‘Literary Communities in the Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Centuries: Space, Place and Identity’, special issue of Forum on Modern Language Studies, edited by Philip Bullock, Stefano Evangelista and Gesa Stedman, 2017 (53.1), 349-59

https://academic.oup.com/fmls/article/53/3/349/3862120/Bruges-as-Symbolic-Capital?guestAccessKey=7d572164-1a36-42fa-b0c4-4bff4d042870

‘Baudelaire, Baumgarten and Sensate Knowledge’, in Aisthesis und Noesis. Zwei Erkenntnisformen vom 18. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart, edited by Hans Adler and Lynn Wolff (Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2013), pp. 85-96 

‘Inevitable Plots in the Symbolist Novel: Georges Rodenbach’s Bruges-la-morte’, in Finding the Plot: On the Importance of Storytelling in Popular Fictions, edited by Diana Holmes and David Platten (Newcastle-on-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013), pp. 218-33 

Two Responses to Paul Bourget: Henry James and Thomas Mann’, Comparative Critical Studies, special edition on ‘Fin-de-siècle cosmopolitanism’, edited by Stefano Evangelista and Richard Hibbitt, 10.2 (2013), 303-16: 

http://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/ccs.2013.0093?ai=t5ui=ydvaf=T

‘Oscar Wilde and la critique impressionniste’, Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens, no. 77 (Spring 2013), edited by Laurent Bury and Luc Bouvard, online: http://cve.revues.org/331

‘Entente asymétrique?: Franco-British Literary Reception in 1908’, in Channel Packets: Franco-British Cultural Exchanges, 1880-1940, ed. by Andrew Radford and Victoria Reid (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 34-51 

'Reflections on the Fruitful Error', in Textual Wanderings: The Theory and Practice of Narrative Digression, ed. by Rhian Atkin (Oxford: Legenda, 2011), pp. 27-36

'The Artist as Aesthete: The French Creation of Oscar Wilde', in The Reception of Oscar Wilde in Europe, ed. by Stefano Evangelista (London : Continuum, 2010), pp. 65-79

'Paul Bourget's critique of fin-de-siècle cosmopolitanism', in The Cause of Cosmopolitanism: Dispositions, Models, Transformations, ed. by Laura Rascaroli and Patrick O'Donovan (Oxford : Peter Lang, 2010), pp. 173-87

'Le roman d'analyse et le romanesque: la représentation de l'héritage psychologique chez Paul Bourget', in Romanesque et Histoire, ed. by Christophe Reffait (Collection Romanesques, vol.  III ; Paris: Encrage, 2008), pp. 175-89

'Oscar Wilde et Paul Bourget : Deux vies en parallèle', rue des beaux-arts, 17 (Nov. / Dec. 2008), ed. Danielle Guérin (online): http://www.oscholars.com/RBA/seventeen/17.13/rencontres.htm

'Dilettantism and Irony: Jules Laforgue and C. M. Wieland', Forum For Modern Language Studies, 44.3 (July 2007), 290-300

'"This savage parade": Recent translations of Rimbaud', The Cambridge Quarterly, 36.1 (February 2007), 71-82 (review article)