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Michael Finn

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Michael Finn

Email:mfinn@ryerson.ca

 

Michael Finn is an adjunct professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. His research focused largely on the novelist Marcel Proust until 1999 when he published  Proust, the Body and Literary Form (Cambridge UP). He then became interested in the interaction between medicine and literature especially in the decadent  period in France and in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in general. His latest work in this area discusses an early feminist, Rachilde (Margaret Eymery). It is titled Hysteria, Hypnosis, the Spirits and Pornography: Fin-de-Siècle Cultural Discourses in the Decadent Rachilde. He has also written widely on the representation of pathologized sexuality in French fin-de-siècle fiction. He is currently completing a book on figures of the pre-Freudian unconscious in the works of a number of French writers, including Flaubert, Maupassant and Proust.

 

Publications:

Books

Hysteria, Hypnosis, the Spirits and Pornography: Fin-de-Siècle Cultural Discourses in the Decadent Rachilde. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2009.

Marcel Proust, the Body and Literary Form. Cambridge University Press, 1999. Reissued in paperback as of May 2006.

Rachilde – Maurice Barrès. Correspondance inédite 1885-1914. Brest (France) : Centre d’Étude des Correspondances et Journaux Intimes/Faculté des Lettres/C.N.R.S, 2002. Revised edition (2010) online at www.ccji.cnrs.fr

 

Book Chapters and Articles

“Plaisir d’offrir,  joie de recevoir. Le roman à clé décadent et Rachilde.” In Situations 2. Romans à clés. Les ambivalences du réel. Anthony Glinoer and Michel Lacroix eds. Liège, Belgium:  Presses Universitaires de Liège, 2014. 99-112.

“Marcel Proust: Health and Medicine.” Chapter 16 in Marcel Proust in Context. Adam Watt ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 123-29.

Biographical articles on the writers Camille Delaville and Rachilde (Marguerite Eymery). Le Dictionnaire universel des créatrices. Béatrice Didier, Antoinette Fouque, Mireille Calle–Gruber eds. Paris: Éditions des Femmes, 2013, vol. 1, 1191; vol. 3, 3581-82.

“Proust and Ambient Medico-Literary Homosexualities 1885-1922.” French Forum 37, 3 (Fall 2012): 49-64.

“Dogs and Females: Vivisection, Feminists and the Novelist Rachilde.” French Cultural Studies, 23, 3 (August 2012): 190-201. 

“Naturalisme, sexe et sexologie: Excès catastrophique ou fantaisie médicale? ” Les Cahiers Naturalistes 85 (2011): 117-133.

 “Physiological Fictions and the Fin-de-Siècle Female Brain.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies 39, 3-4 (Spring-Summer 2011): 315-331.   

“Female Sterilization and Artificial Insemination in Fin-de-Siècle France:  Facts and Fictions.” Journal of the History of Sexuality 18, 1-2 (January-May 2009): 26-43.

“Rachilde: Une décadente dans un réseau de bas-bleus” @nalyses, online, University of Ottawa (August 2008). [pdf]

“Science et paranormal au 19e siècle : la science-fiction spiritualiste de Camille Flammarion”. Dalhousie French Studies 78 (Spring 2007): 43-51.

“Doctors, Malady and Creativity in Rachilde.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies 34, 1-2 (Fall-Winter 2005-2006): 106-118.

“Imagining Rachilde: Decadence and the roman à clefs.” French Forum 30, 1 (Winter 2005): 81-96.

“Proust, Maeterlinck, les arbres et les clochers.” Bulletin Marcel Proust 54 (2004): 127-33.

“Maurice Barrès (1862 – 1923)”. Cahiers Paul Léautaud 34 (2004): 36-41.

“Retrospective Medicine, Hypnosis, Hysteria and French Literature, 1875-1895.” Framing and Imagining Disease in Cultural History, George Rousseau et al. eds. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan, 2003. 173-89.

“Rachilde, Maurice Barrès and the Preface to Monsieur Vénus”, Romanic Review 91, 1-2 (January-March 2000): 89-104.

“Rachilde et ses romans à clefs.” Les Romans à clefs, Troisième Colloque des Invalides, Tusson (France): Éditions Du Lérot, 2000. 59-63.

“Neurasthenia, Hysteria, Androgyny: The Goncourt Brothers and Marcel Proust”, French Studies 51, 3 (July 1997): 293-304.

“Réflexions sur quelques noms proustiens”, Bulletin Marcel Proust 47 (1997): 90-8.

“Proust et le roman du neurasthénique”, Revue d’Histoire Littéraire de la France 2 (mars-avril 1996): 266-89.

“Le Balzac de Proust.” Balzac: Une poétique du roman, Stéphane Vachon ed. Montréal/Paris: XYZ Éditeur/Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, 1996. 409-21.