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Dr Marine Ganofsky, Lecturer

Dr Marine GanofskyContact Details

mg216@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone: 01334 462947
Office: Buchanan 404

Module surgery hours:
Tuesday 11-12, Thursday 1-2

Full research profile

Research

My research focuses on the French eighteenth century, but I am especially interested in the pleasure-seekers of the period from its philosophes to its rakes. I have written on Casanova and on Condillac, on Fragonard and on Laclos. I have investigated the libertine art of love as well as its erotic ceremonies, rococo architecture as well as voluptuous clairs-obscurs, frivolity as well as ‘ivresses’.

There are currently two main strands to my research:

  • Libertine nights: My first book, Night in Eighteenth-Century French Libertine Fiction (Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 2018), explores the erotic pleasures enjoyed under cover of darkness during the Age of Enlightenment. Beyond the indulgences they represent for their readers, the nocturnes of libertine fiction offer an amplified echo of the socio-cultural changes that were transforming the understanding and experience of night for a growing number of men and women in the French eighteenth century. These fearless, happy nocturnes capture the period’s emancipation from superstitions and traditions. They illustrate its conquest of night-time in favour of both social encounters and erotic intimacy. Most importantly, they also reflect the eighteenth-century’s re-invention of darkness less as a limit than as an exciting repository of mysteries waiting to be discovered.
  • De cabrioles en cascades, du paradis perdu à la décadence : images de la chute au dix-huitième siècle: My new research project revolves around the ubiquitous idea of the fall in the French Age of Enlightenment. This topic allows me to explore the eighteenth century’s redefinition of Good and Evil and its new experience of temporality whilst investigating the period’s reputation for decadence. In this new research, I analyse the Enlightenment’s humanist take on the biblical myth of the Fall: are men and women only fallen angels? I also look at how fiction challenges the notion that she who succumbs to temptation should become a ‘fallen woman’. This connects to an increasing interpretation of desire as a ‘natural inclination’, a gentle fall leading humanity towards pleasure but not necessarily towards evil. Images of falls prevail too in gardens that recreate Eden on earth and, through their many ruins and waterfalls, signal the eighteenth century’s novel way of thinking about past, present and future. This project is also leading me to study topics as diverse as the more-or-less premeditated tumbles in rococo paintings, visual and literary representations of nightfall and autumn, and the final fall of the guillotine’s blade during the Revolution.

My research aims at highlighting the fact that the French Age of Enlightenment, which found its paradise in the here and now (‘Le paradis terrestre est où je suis’ – Voltaire), was also the age of happiness. I have shared some of my most exciting discoveries with a wider audience by editing a collection of little known but fascinating libertine short stories: Petits soupers libertins (Paris, Dix-huitième siècle 2016) and by being interviewed to appear in the Sky Arts documentary Casanova Undressed (aired 20th September 2016 on Sky Arts).

I was interviewed to appear in the Sky Arts documentary Casanova Undressed. Aired 20th September 2016 on Sky Arts.

 

Teaching

After lecturing at New College, University of Oxford and at the University of Kent, I joined the University of St Andrews in January 2014. I teach French literature, history, and language at all levels. My own classes revolve around the early modern period, whether it is to address the notion of classicism from Ronsard to Laclos, study journeys in Voltaire’s Candide, or examine literary revolutions in eighteenth-century France.

I have also created three modules inviting students to explore some of the most fascinating elements of the French eighteenth century: FR4123: Libertinage and libertine literature, FR4125: The French Age of Enlightenment, and FR4128: A Semester with Casanova: myths and afterlives of ‘Histoire de ma vie’. In these modules, the emphasis is put on the students’ independent research and interpretation of the material, as indeed they are encouraged to explore the topic under scrutiny from the perspective of their choice.

I would be delighted to supervise students on any topic relating to the long eighteenth century, rococo aesthetics, erotic literature or ‘romans d’amour’, the history of night, gardens, as well as, more widely, discourses on, and representation of, pleasure.

PhD Supervision

Cecilia Ascoli

Publications

Le Siècle de la légèreté : émergences d’un paradigme du XVIIIe siècle français
Ganofsky, M. (ed.) & Perras, J-A. (ed.), Apr 2019, Oxford: Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Night in French libertine fiction
Ganofsky, M., 2018, Oxford: Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment. 292 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Petits soupers libertins
Ganofsky, M., 14 Nov 2016, Paris: Publications de la Société Française d’Étude du Dix-huitième Siècle. 280 p. (Collection Dix-huitième siècle)
Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

 

Le paradis artificiel de la légèreté dans les arts libertins: l’exemple d’Angola de La Morlière
Ganofsky, M., 8 Apr 2019, Le Siècle de la légèreté: émergences d’un paradigme du XVIIIe siècle français. Ganofsky, M. & Perras, J-A. (eds.). Liverpool University Press, p. 37-53 (Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment; vol. 2019, no. 04).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Sensations, sensuality, and voluptuousness: materialism and petites maisons in Enlightenment France
Ganofsky, M., 2017, The Early Modern Villa: Senses and perceptions versus materiality. Arciszewska, B. (ed.). Warsaw: Wilanow Palace Museum, p. 211-222
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

À la faveur de la nuit: Figures féminines de la nuit dans l’Histoire de ma vie de Casanova
Ganofsky, M., 2016, Casanova «Écrire à tort et à travers». Brin, R. (ed.). Paris: Classiques Garnier, p. 69-84 15 p. (Série Le dix-huitième siècle, dirigée par Jacques Berchtold et Catriona Seth).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

‘L’Histoire de ma vie de Casanova: le libertinage comme rencontre entre le profane et le sacré ?’
Ganofsky, M., 2011, Amour divin, amour mondain, dans les écrits du for privé, de la fin du Moyen Age à 1914. Daumas, M. (ed.). Pau: Editions Cairn, p. 111-126
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

‘Pandore et les désirs: Le mythe d’Hésiode conjugué dans Les Liaisons dangereuses
Ganofsky, M., 2011, Pandora und die mythische Genealogie der Frau / Pandore et la généalogie mythique de la Femme, ed. by Heinz-Peter Preuβer, Françoise Rétif and Juliane Rytz. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, p. 105-118
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

‘Don Juan et les séducteurs: présence et absence de Don Juan dans le roman libertin du dix-huitième siècle’
Ganofsky, M., 2010, Don Juan, ed. by Florence Fix and Laurence LeDiagon-Jacquin. Paris: Murmure, p. 248-259
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

 

Plénitude du vide: dévoiement libertin des vanités classiques
Ganofsky, M., 30 Dec 2018, In : Quêtes littéraires. 8, p. 53-63 11 p. https://doi.org/10.31743/ql.3479
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

La suspension du temps dans Point de lendemain: lecture sensualiste d’un nocturne libertin
Ganofsky, M., 1 Sep 2017, In : Dix-huitième siècle. 49, p. 627-643 https://doi.org/10.3917/dhs.049.0627
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Claude Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon: Les égarements du cœur et de l’esprit [The Wayward Heart and Head], 1736-1738
Ganofsky, M., 9 Mar 2017, In : The Literary Encyclopedia.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Dominique Vivant Denon: Point de lendemain [No Tomorrow], 1777
Ganofsky, M., 9 Mar 2017, In : The Literary Encyclopedia.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sacred or profane pleasures? Erotic ceremonies in eighteenth-century French libertine fiction
Ganofsky, M., Jul 2015, In : Religion in the Age of Enlightenment. 5, p. 231-258
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Illustrating narrative seduction: the example of Choderlos de Laclos's Les Liaisons Dangereuses in the illustrated edition of 1796
Ganofsky, M., Mar 2015, In : Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies. 38, 1, p. 1-27 27 p. https://doi.org/10.1111/1754-0208.12130
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Libertine clairs-obscurs: the enticement of the shadows
Ganofsky, M., Dec 2014, In : Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies. 37, 4, p. 499-515 17 p. https://doi.org/10.1111/1754-0208.12203
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

 

Cyril Francès, Casanova: la mémoire du désir, Europe des Lumières, 29 (Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2014)
Ganofsky, M., 2015, In : French Studies. 69, 3, p. 392 393 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Daniel Brewer ed.,The Cambridge Companion to the French Enlightenment (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014)
Ganofsky, M., 2015, In : Forum for Modern Language Studies. 51, 3, p. 351
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Françoise Lavocat ed., Le Mariage et la loi dans la fiction narrative avant 1800 (Louvain: Peeters, 2014)
Ganofsky, M., 2015, In : Forum for Modern Language Studies. 51, 2, p. 235
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Madame de Souza, Eugénie et Mathilde, ou Mémoires de la famille du Comte de Revel, ed. Kirsty Carpenter ( London: MHRA, 2014)
Ganofsky, M., 2015, In : Forum for Modern Language Studies. 51, 1, p. 87-88
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Nicolas-Edme Rétif de la Bretonne, Ingénue Saxancour ou La Femme séparée, ed. Mary S. Trouille (London: MHRA, 2014)
Ganofsky, M., 2015, In : Forum for Modern Language Studies. 51, 1, p. 87
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Sarah Tindall Kareem, Eighteenth-Century Fiction and the Reinvention of Wonder (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014)
Ganofsky, M., 2015, In : Forum for Modern Language Studies. 51, 3, p. 354
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Angelica Goodden, Rousseau’s Hand: The Crafting of a Writer (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)
Ganofsky, M., Oct 2014, In : Forum for Modern Language Studies. L, 4, p. 506 507 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Cian Duffy, The Landscape of the Sublime, 1700-1830: Classic Ground (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)
Ganofsky, M., Oct 2014, In : Forum for Modern Language Studies. L, 4, p. 504 505 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Nina Kushner, Erotic Exchanges: The World of Elite Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century Paris (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013)
Ganofsky, M., 2014, In : French History. 28, 4, p. 565 566 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Nicholas D. Paige, Before fiction, the Ancien Régime of the Novel (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011)
Ganofsky, M., 2013, In : Modern Language Review. 108, 4
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Jacques Berchtold ed., Espaces, objets du roman au XVIIIe siècle: Hommage à Henri Lafon (Paris: Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2009)
Ganofsky, M., 2012, In : French Studies. LXVI, 1, p. 93-94
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Shane Agin ed., Sex Education in the Eighteenth Century, SVEC 2011:09 (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2011)
Ganofsky, M., 2012, In : French Studies. LXVI , 4, p. 567
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review