Graduate Students

Burston, Emma

Emmae-mail: ejb212@french.rutgers.edu

Emma Burston is a 4th year PhD candidate and teaching assistant in the French department, conducting research both at Rutgers and at Paris 8 University through a cotutelle program. She came to Rutgers in 2016 with a background in Comparative Literature, since then her research interests have shifted to the study of nineteenth-century French literature and more specifically, the genre of the nouvelle. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “La nouvelle au XIXe siècle : un genre entre fixité et mouvement” envisions a new definition for the genre based on its (in)ability to narrate movement. Current chapters deal with the question of stasis as a narrative devise both in Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly’s Les Diaboliques, and within Guy de Maupassant’s vast production of short stories. By prioritizing extensive textual analysis of the stories themselves, future chapters will focus on the representation of time in the short story, notably interrogating the notion of brevity, and will draw a parallel between the nouvelle and Louis Daguerre’s Diorama. Her broader academic interests include fictional representations of the historical and cultural nineteenth century, intersections between art and literature, the fantastic, and theories of space and movement.