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Dr David Evans, Senior Lecturer

Dr David E EvansContact Details
Phone: 01334 463665
Office: Buchanan 310

Module surgery hours:
Mon 10-11, Tue 12-1 

Full research profile

Research and Teaching

I am currently working on a monograph entitled Music, Memory and Mechanism: The Poetic Theory and Practice of Théodore de Banville, examining the crucial contribution made by Banville to nineteenth-century French musico-poetics. I am also looking at Debussy’s song settings of Banville’s poems, examining the ways in which music and poetry interacted in France in the second half of the nineteenth century, and I am preparing a special issue of the journal Dix-Neuf entitled Théodore de Banville: La Poésie en jeu(x). I teach Honours modules on nineteenth-century literature, culture and society, including ‘Music in Nineteenth-Century French Poetry’ (FR4078) and ‘Writing the Nineteenth Century’ (FR3076), and the M.Litt. course ‘The Metamorphoses of Orpheus’ (FR5106). I have supervised a Ph.D. on the poetry of Heather Dohollau, a Welsh-born poet living in Brittany and writing in French, and am currently supervising doctoral research on literary representations of regional and national identities in Alsace and Corsica. I would be interested in supervising Ph.D. students on any aspect of French poetic theory from the medieval period to the twenty-first century.

PhD Supervision

 Esra Al-HmoudDanielle Berrow, Claire Pascolini Campbell, Christie Margrave


Théodore de Banville: constructing poetic value in nineteenth-century France
Evans, D. E. 1 Jul 2014 Oxford: Legenda. 332 p. (Legenda general series)
Research output: ResearchBook

Haunting Presences: Ghosts in French Literature and Culture
Griffiths, K. & Evans, D. E. 2009 University of Wales Press. 178 p.
Research output: ResearchBook

Pleasure and Pain in Nineteenth-Century French Literature and Culture
Evans, D. E. & Griffiths, K. 2008 Rodopi. 286 p.
Research output: ResearchBook

Rhythm, Illusion and the Poetic Idea: Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Mallarmé
Evans, D. E. 2004 Rodopi. 355 p.
Research output: ResearchBook


Towards an ecopoetics of French free verse: Marie Krysinska's rythmes pittoresques
Evans, D. E. 2017 French ecocriticism: From the early modern period to the twenty-first century. Posthumus, S. & Finch-Race, D. (eds.). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, p. 115-134 (Studies in literature, culture, and the environment; vol. 1)
Research output: ResearchChapter

Tough crowd: the perils of reading poetry aloud, or how poetic value is negotiated in performance
Evans, D. E. 30 Oct 2015 Poets as readers in nineteenth-century France: Critical reflections. Acquisto, J., Paliyenko, A. & Witt, C. (eds.). London: IMLR Publishing, (Imlr books; vol. 10)
Research output: ResearchChapter

La poésie entre formes fixes et formes fluides: textures insaisissables dans les vers français au dix-neuvième siècle
Evans, D. E. 2015 Textures: Processus et événements dans la création poétique moderne et contemporaine. Barda, J. & Finch-Race, D. (eds.). Oxford; Berlin: Peter Lang, p. 191-217 26 p. (Modern French identities; vol. 120)
Research output: ResearchChapter

Forests of symbols and patterns of meaning: reading poetry through Baudelaire’s “Correspondances”
Evans, D. E. Mar 2014 The poetry of Baudelaire. Hubbard, T. (ed.). Salem Press, p. 139-156 18 p. (Critical insights)
Research output: ResearchChapter

Théodore de Banville and the Mysteries of Song
Evans, D. E. 2013 Words and Notes in the Long Nineteenth Century. Weliver, P. & Ellis, K. (eds.). Boydell Press, p. 165-182 18 p.
Research output: ResearchChapter

Du plomb dans l’aile… Métaphores aviaires et rythmes brisés dans la poésie française de Hugo à Mallarmé
Evans, D. E. 2009 Notre animal intérieur et les théories de la créativité: études. Sibona, B. (ed.). L'Harmattan
Research output: ResearchChapter

Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
Evans, D. E. 2008 The Literary Encyclopedia.
Research output: ResearchEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Le tombeau de la poésie: strategies of textual resurrection in Mallarmé and Banville
Evans, D. E. 2007 Birth and Death in Nineteenth-Century French Culture. Harkness, N., Downing, L., Stephens, S. & Unwin, T. (eds.). Rodopi, p. 260 260 p.
Research output: ResearchChapter

Baudelaire, lesbian poet? A place for women in Les Fleurs du Mal
Evans, D. E. 2007 Lesbian inscriptions in Francophone society and culture. Gunther, R. & Michallat, W. (eds.). University of Durham, p. 7-27
Research output: ResearchChapter

Structure et suicide dans les Poésies de Michel Houellebecq
Evans, D. E. 2007 Michel Houellebecq sous la loupe. Clement, M. L. & Wesemael, S. V. (eds.). Rodopi, p. 201-214
Research output: ResearchChapter

'Et il y a un autre monde': reconstructions formelles dans les Poésies de Michel Houellebecq
Evans, D. E. 2006 Le Monde de Houellebecq. Bowd, G. (ed.). University of Glasgow French and German Publications, p. 21-39
Research output: ResearchChapter

Théodore de Banville entre parodie et autoparodie: des Odes funambulesques aux Exilés
Evans, D. E. 2006 Poetiques de la parodie et du pastiche de 1850 a nos jours. Dousteyssier-Khoze, C. & Place-Verghnes, F. (eds.). Peter Lang, p. 135-147
Research output: ResearchChapter

Baudelaire and Irresolvable Poetic Tension
Evans, D. E. 2003 Visions / Revisions: Essays on Nineteenth-Century French Culture. Harkness, N., Rowe, P., Unwin, T. & Yee, J. (eds.). Peter Lang
Research output: ResearchChapter


Malfunctioning music and the art of noise: the prepared pianos of Jules Laforgue
Evans, D. 8 Mar 2016 In : Dix-Neuf. 20, 1, p. 45-65 21 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Discordant harmonies and turbulent serenity: the ecopoetic rhythms of nature's - and art's - resistance
Evans, D. E. 30 Nov 2015 In : Dix-Neuf. 19, 3, p. 167-86 20 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

La Poesie en jeu(x): Theoville de Bandore sur la corde raide de la rime
Evans, D. E. Oct 2010 In : Dix-Neuf. 14, 2, p. 167-184
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Petite histoire des etudes banvilliennes de Baudelaire et Mallarme jusqu'a nos jours
Evans, D. E. Oct 2010 In : Dix-Neuf. 14, 2, p. 59-82
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Paul Valéry and the search for poetic rhythm
Evans, D. E. Jul 2010 In : Paragraph. 33, 2, p. 158-175
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Creating the Island Imaginary: Corsican Poetry in French (1870–1960)
Evans, D. E. 2010 In : Modern & Contemporary France. 18, 1, p. 67-91
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Music and poetry at the crossroads: Baudelaire, Debussy and 'Recueillement'
Abbott, H. & Evans, D. E. Apr 2007 In : Dix-Neuf. 8, 1, p. 18-37
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle


Complete Theatre: critical edition
Evans, D. Oct 2014 In : French Studies. 68, 4, p. 553-554 3 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Music writing literature, from Sand via Debussy to Derrida
Evans, D. Jan 2008 In : Modern Language Review. 103, p. 241-241 1 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Patrice de la Tour du Pin: La 'quete de joie' at the heart of "a sum of poetry" - Conference proceedings from College de France, 25-26 september 2003
Evans, D. Jan 2008 In : French Studies. 62, p. 102-103 2 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Stephane mallarme documents
Evans, D. Jul 2007 In : Modern Language Review. 102, p. 855-856 2 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

'Grotesque figures': Baudelaire, Rousseau and the aesthetics of modernity.
Evans, D. Apr 2007 In : French Studies. 61, p. 232-233 2 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Letters to Jose-Maria de Heredia.
Evans, D. Oct 2006 In : French Studies. 60, p. 526-527 2 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review