Dr Áine Larkin

French Studies, School of Modern Languages

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Biography

I joined Maynooth University as Lecturer in French in January 2022, after ten happy years at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Drawing on my doctoral research, my monograph Proust Writing Photography was published by Legenda in 2011. In October 2021, a special issue of Essays in French Literature and Culture that I co-edited with Enda McCaffrey was published, on the Critical Medical Humanities. In summer 2019, I was granted British Academy/Leverhulme research funding to support a project on women in the nineteenth-century George Washington Wilson photographic collection, housed at the University of Aberdeen library. An online symposium as part of that project will take place on 1 June 2022. My research interests include Proust studies, critical disability studies, and text/image relations. In July 2019, a special issue of Forum for Modern Language Studies that I edited was published, on the topic of Dance in modern and contemporary French culture. I have contributed chapters to a number of books and journal special issues, including Marcel Proust in Context (ed. Adam Watt, Cambridge University Press, 2014); Cent ans de jalousie proustienne (eds. Erika Fülöp and Philippe Chardin, Classiques Garnier, 2015); La ligne d’écume: Encountering the French Beach (eds. Sophie Fuggle and Nicholas Gledhill, Pavement Books, 2016); ‘French Autopathography’, L’Esprit Créateur (ed. Steven Wilson, 2016); Fashion, Modernity, and Materiality in France: From Rousseau to Art Deco (ed. Heidi Brevik-Zender, State University of New York Press, 2018). With Claire Launchbury, I co-edited and contributed to a special issue of Romance Studies on Proust and music (2014). A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin (BA (Hons) 2000 and PhD 2007) and the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III (DEA 2001), in 2008 I was awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences.    

Research Interests

Proust studies, critical disability studies, text/image relations, the representation of music and dance in modern and contemporary French culture

Research Projects

  Project Role Funding Body / Program Description Start Date End Date Award (€)
Envisioning Women's Places in the Nineteenth Century: The George Washington Wilson Photographic Enterprise Other British Academy /
Photographic Motifs in Proust's A la Recherche du Temps Perdu Other Irish Research Council / 01-JAN-08

Books

  Year Publication
2011 Proust Writing Photography.
Áine Larkin (2011) Proust Writing Photography. Oxford: Legenda. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2018 'Climbing in Paris: Stairways, Social Class, and the Sartorial in Proust'
Áine Larkin (2018) 'Climbing in Paris: Stairways, Social Class, and the Sartorial in Proust' In: Fashion, Modernity and Materiality in France: From Rousseau to Art Deco. New York: SUNY Press. [Details]
2016 'Proust and the Beach as Écran'
Áine Larkin (2016) 'Proust and the Beach as Écran' In: La ligne d’écume: Encountering the French Beach. London: Pavement Books. [Details]
2015 'Les objets matériels et le monstre aux yeux verts dans 'À la recherche du temps perdu’'
Áine Larkin (2015) 'Les objets matériels et le monstre aux yeux verts dans 'À la recherche du temps perdu’' In: Cent ans de jalousie proustienne. Paris: Classiques Garnier. [Details]
2013 'Affinities of Photography and Syntax in Proust’s 'À la recherche du temps perdu’'
Áine Larkin (2013) 'Affinities of Photography and Syntax in Proust’s 'À la recherche du temps perdu’' In: The Art of the Text: Visuality in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literary and Other Media. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. [Details]
2013 'Theatre and Dance'
Áine Larkin (2013) 'Theatre and Dance' In: Marcel Proust in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
2012 'Avid Eyes and Ears: Photographic Practice, Perception and Memory in 'À la recherche du temps perdu’'
Áine Larkin (2012) 'Avid Eyes and Ears: Photographic Practice, Perception and Memory in 'À la recherche du temps perdu’' In: Proust and the Visual. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. [Details]
2012 'Photography in Proust’s 'À la recherche du temps perdu’'
Áine Larkin (2012) 'Photography in Proust’s 'À la recherche du temps perdu’' In: Text and Image in Modern European Culture. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press. [Details]
2011 'Suspect Surfaces and Depths: Radiographic Images, Perception and Memory'
Áine Larkin (2011) 'Suspect Surfaces and Depths: Radiographic Images, Perception and Memory' In: ‘When familiar meanings dissolve...’: Essays in French Studies in Memory of Malcolm Bowie. Oxford: Peter Lang. [Details]
2011 'The Ballet Body Beautiful: Pleasure and Pain in Amélie Nothomb’s 'Robert des noms propres''
Áine Larkin (2011) 'The Ballet Body Beautiful: Pleasure and Pain in Amélie Nothomb’s 'Robert des noms propres'' In: Cherchez la femme: Women and Values in the Francophone World. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press. [Details]
2009 'Spatio-Temporal Dislocation: The Dual Narratorial Structure of Proust’s 'À la recherche du temps perdu’'
Áine Larkin (2009) 'Spatio-Temporal Dislocation: The Dual Narratorial Structure of Proust’s 'À la recherche du temps perdu’' In: Dislocation in French and Francophone Textual and Visual Culture. Llampeter: Edwin Mellen Press. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2017 Fall Narratives: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
Zohar Hadromi-Allouche and Áine Larkin (Ed.). (2017) Fall Narratives: An Interdisciplinary Perspective Abingdon & New York: Routledge. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2021 'Living with Dying in France: Contemporary French Writing about End-of-Life Care'
Áine Larkin (2021) 'Living with Dying in France: Contemporary French Writing about End-of-Life Care'. Esprit Createur, [Details]
2021 'Philippe Vigand on Disability, Masculinity, and Ecology'
Áine Larkin (2021) 'Philippe Vigand on Disability, Masculinity, and Ecology'. ESSAYS IN FRENCH LITERATURE, [Details]
2021 'French Critical Medical Humanities'
Áine Larkin and Enda McCaffrey (2021) 'French Critical Medical Humanities'. ESSAYS IN FRENCH LITERATURE, (58) [Details]
2019 'Intermedialities: Dance in Modern and Contemporary French Culture'
Áine Larkin (2019) 'Intermedialities: Dance in Modern and Contemporary French Culture'. Forum for Modern Language Studies, [Details]
2016 'Dependence and Masculinity in Contemporary French Writing about Disability'
Áine Larkin (2016) 'Dependence and Masculinity in Contemporary French Writing about Disability'. Esprit Createur, [Details]
2014 'Albertine and Other Performers: Aesthetic Agency, Love, and Jealousy in Proust’s 'À la recherche du temps perdu''
Áine Larkin (2014) 'Albertine and Other Performers: Aesthetic Agency, Love, and Jealousy in Proust’s 'À la recherche du temps perdu''. Romance Studies, [Details]
2014 'Unsettling Scores: Proust and Music'
Áine Larkin and Claire Launchbury (2014) 'Unsettling Scores: Proust and Music'. Romance Studies, [Details]
2008 'Images of the Invisible: Composite Photography as a Model for Perception and Memory Processes in Proust’s 'À la recherche du temps perdu’'
Áine Larkin (2008) 'Images of the Invisible: Composite Photography as a Model for Perception and Memory Processes in Proust’s 'À la recherche du temps perdu’'. Irish Journal of French Studies, [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2019 Envisioning Women’s Places in the Nineteenth Century: The George Washington Wilson Photographic Enterprise British Academy/Leverhulme
2015 Sir Herbert Grierson Centre for Textual Criticism and Comparative Literary History award Sir Herbert Grierson Centre for Textual Criticism and Comparative Literary History, University of Aberdeen
2014 Fall Narratives: An Interdisciplinary Perspective Royal Society of Edinburgh
2008 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences
2002 A.J. Leventhal Award Trinity College Dublin
2001 Claude Pichois PhD Studentship Trinity College Dublin

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Irish Journal of French Studies Editorial Committee member 01-SEP-20 / 31-AUG-23
Forum for Modern Language Studies Subject Editor for French 01-SEP-19 / 31-AUG-22
George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen Associate Director 01-AUG-15 / 31-DEC-21
Society of Dix-Neuviémistes Membership Secretary 01-AUG-15 / 30-JUN-21

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
University of Aberdeen 01-SEP-11 /
University of Limerick 01-MAR-11 / 01-AUG-11
University College London 01-SEP-09 / 01-MAR-11
Royal Holloway University of London 01-SEP-09 / 01-MAY-10
Trinity College Dublin 01-SEP-08 / 01-AUG-09
Trinity College Dublin 01-SEP-06 / 01-MAY-08
Trinity College Dublin 01-SEP-02 / 01-MAY-04

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2007 Trinity College Dublin
2001 Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3
2000 Trinity College Dublin

Outreach Activities

  Description

'Envisioning Women's Places in the Nineteenth Century: The George Washington Wilson Photographic Enterprise' Link

‘Ghosts on Glass’, public lecture on the history of photography, Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen, April 2012

GWW Centre for Visual Culture directorship: organising events open to members of the public (2015- ) Link

Panel chair for a panel on neurodiversity and creativity, May 2021

Co-Organiser of the ‘Material City’ photo project, as part of the May Festival, University of Aberdeen, May 2014 and May 2015

Other Activities

  Description

Liaising with University of Glasgow to monitor academic standards and provide feedback on assessments.

Teaching Interests

French literature and visual culture, including photography and cinema, and French language. My current book project explores the representation of illness and disability in contemporary French culture.