Marie-Hélène Girard first studied Classics at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. After obtaining the agrégation, she received a license in Art History at Paris IV-Sorbonne. A specialist in 19th-century literature and art, she was awarded her doctorat d’État from Paris IV-Sorbonne in 1999. She has taught Comparative Literature as an assistant Professor at the university of Poitiers and later as an Associate Professor at the universities of Dijon and Paris X-Nanterre. She has been Professor of Comparative Literature at the Université de Picardie-Jules Verne since 1999. She joined the Yale faculty as a Visiting Professor in 2002.
She is currently co-chair of the editorial team in charge of Théophile Gautier’s Salons (8 volumes to be published by the Éditions Champion, Paris). She has contributed an annotated critical edition of Les Beaux-Arts en Europe, 1855, and is preparing a new edition of Gautier’s Italia.
Within the field of 19th century studies, she works primarily on art criticism, and more generally on the relationships between artists and writers, travel literature, and Italian and German cultures and their French reception. Her more recent research project deals with 19th-century world fairs.
FREN 170 Introduction to the study of Literature in French
FREN 276 Art and Literature in modern France
Selected recent publications:
- « Gautier et Dürer », in proceedings of the conference Gautier et l’Allemagne, Siegen, ed. W. Drost et M.-H. Girard, Siegen, Universitätsverlag, 151-178
- « Célestin Nanteuil ou ‘l’homme moyen âge’ », Cahiers du XIXe siècle, n. 3-4, 2008-2009, 137-168
- « Le ‘dada de la beauté typographique’, Gautier et l’illustration » in Poésie et illustration, numéro spécial des Travaux de Littérature, ed. L. Sabourin, 2008, Nancy, PUN, 2008, 229-243
- (forthcoming) « Critique d’art, George Sand au cœur de la mêlée » in proceedings of the conference George Sand et la presse, Université Montpellier III, June 2008
- (forthcoming) « La Chine des expositions universelles, 1851-1855 » in proceedings of the conference Chines partagées, UPJV, Amiens, May 2008
- (forthcoming) T. Gautier, Les Beaux-Arts en Europe, 1855, Paris, Éditions Champion