- Position: Senior Lecturer French & Comparative Literature
- Areas of expertise: Nineteenth and early twentieth-century French literature; comparative aesthetics and poetics; the fin de siècle; dilettantism and cosmopolitanism.
- Email: R.Hibbitt@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 3495
- Location: 1.07 Michael Sadler Building
My first degree was in French and German at Royal Holloway, University of London, which included a year working as an assistant in Strasbourg. After this I spent a year as a DAAD-funded visiting student at the University of Augsburg, followed by a MA in Comparative Literature at the University of East Anglia. I then took a PGCE at the University of Exeter and spent a year teaching French and German at various schools in London and Surrey. After this I returned to UEA to study for a PhD in Comparative Literature, during and after which I taught French there part-time. Before joining the Department at Leeds in 2007 I held two one-year Lectureships in French, at the National University of Ireland, Galway and at the University of York.
- Other Capitals of the Nineteenth Century: An Alternative Mapping of Literary and Cultural Space, ed. by Richard Hibbitt (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
- Saturn's Moons: W. G. Sebald - A Handbook, ed. by Jo Catling and Richard Hibbitt (Oxford: Legenda, 2011)
- Dilettantism and its Values: From Weimar Classicism to the Fin de Siècle
- Two Sides of the Straits: An Anthology of Gallipoli Poems in English and Turkish, trans. by Berkan Ulu, ed. by Richard Hibbitt and Berkan Ulu (York: White Rose University Press, forthcoming 2021). Open access publication; free to download or read online
- Oysters, Nightingales and Cooking-Pots: Selected Poetry and Prose of Tristan Corbiere, trans. by Christopher Pilling, ed. by Richard Hibbitt and Katherine Lunn-Rockliffe (York: White Rose University Press, 2018). Open access publication; free to download or read online
- Comparative Critical Studies, special edition on ‘Fin-de-sicle cosmopolitanism’, edited by Stefano Evangelista and Richard Hibbitt, 10.2 (2013)
- Comparative Critical Studies, special online edition on ‘Possible Worlds’, edited by Marina Warner with Richard Hibbitt, 9.3 (2012)
Articles, book chapters and other publications
- ‘Double Palimpsest: History and Myth in the Poetry of the Gallipoli Campaign’, co-written with Berkan Ulu, Journal of European Studies, 51.3–4 (2021), special issue: ‘The First World War and its Aftermath: Literary Networks and Cultural Encounters’, edited by Philip Ross Bullock, Sofia Permiakova and Gesa Stedman:
- ‘Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism in Nineteenth-Century France’, in Transnational French Studies, edited by Charles Forsdick and Claire Launchbury (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, forthcoming 2021)
- ‘On Translating Verlaine’s Prose’, Volupté, special issue on Decadence and Translation, edited by Matthew Creasy and Stefano Evangelista, 3.2 (2020), 77–93
- ‘Against haute littérature? André Gide's Contribution to the World Literature Debate’, Comparative Critical Studies, special issue on Rethinking Literariness: Genres, Traditions and Paradigms in Comparative and World Literature, edited by Alessio Mattana and Laura Lucia Rossi, 27.3 (2020), 391–411
- ‘Baudelaire and the Dilettante Work Ethic’, in The Labour of Literature in Britain and France, 1830-1930: Authorial Work Ethics, edited by Marcus Waithe and Claire White (London: Palgrave, 2018), pp. 131–45
- ‘The Symbolist Novel as Transnational Capital’, in Other Capitals of the Nineteenth Century: An Alternative Mapping of Literary and Cultural Space, ed. by Richard Hibbitt (London: Palgrave, 2017), pp. 247–65
- ‘W. G. Sebald et le roman: « c’est pas vraiment mon style , in W. G. Sebald: littrature et thique documentaire, ed. by Muriel Pic and Jrgen Ritte (Paris: Presses universitaires de la Sorbonne, 2017), pp. 63–78
- ‘Bruges as Symbolic Capital’, in ‘Literary Communities in the Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Centuries: Space, Place and Identity’, special issue of Forum on Modern Language Studies, edited by Philip Bullock, Stefano Evangelista and Gesa Stedman, 2017 (53.1), 349–59
- ‘Baudelaire, Baumgarten and Sensate Knowledge’, in Aisthesis und Noesis. Zwei Erkenntnisformen vom 18. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart, edited by Hans Adler and Lynn Wolff (Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2013), pp. 85–96
- ‘Inevitable Plots in the Symbolist Novel: Georges Rodenbach’s Bruges-la-morte’, in Finding the Plot: On the Importance of Storytelling in Popular Fictions, edited by Diana Holmes and David Platten (Newcastle-on-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013), pp. 218–33
- ‘Two Responses to Paul Bourget: Henry James and Thomas Mann’, Comparative Critical Studies, special edition on ‘Fin-de-sicle cosmopolitanism’, edited by Stefano Evangelista and Richard Hibbitt, 10.2 (2013), 303–16
- ‘Oscar Wilde and la critique impressionniste’, Cahiers victoriens et douardiens, no. 77 (Spring 2013), edited by Laurent Bury and Luc Bouvard, online
- ‘Entente asymtrique?: Franco-British Literary Reception in 1908’, in Channel Packets: Franco-British Cultural Exchanges, 1880-1940, ed. by Andrew Radford and Victoria Reid (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 34–51
- 'Reflections on the Fruitful Error', in Textual Wanderings: The Theory and Practice of Narrative Digression, ed. by Rhian Atkin (Oxford: Legenda, 2011), pp. 27–36
- 'The Artist as Aesthete: The French Creation of Oscar Wilde', in The Reception of Oscar Wilde in Europe, ed. by Stefano Evangelista (London : Continuum, 2010), pp. 65–79
- 'Paul Bourget's critique of fin-de-sicle cosmopolitanism', in The Cause of Cosmopolitanism: Dispositions, Models, Transformations, ed. by Laura Rascaroli and Patrick O'Donovan (Oxford : Peter Lang, 2010), pp. 173–87
- 'Le roman d'analyse et le romanesque: la reprsentation de l'hritage psychologique chez Paul Bourget', in Romanesque et Histoire, ed. by Christophe Reffait (Collection Romanesques, vol. III ; Paris: Encrage, 2008), pp. 175–89
- 'Oscar Wilde et Paul Bourget : Deux vies en parallle', rue des beaux-arts, 17 (Nov. / Dec. 2008), ed. Danielle Gurin (online)
- 'Dilettantism and Irony: Jules Laforgue and C. M. Wieland', Forum For Modern Language Studies, 44.3 (July 2007), 290–300
- '"This savage parade": Recent translations of Rimbaud', The Cambridge Quarterly, 36.1 (February 2007), 71–82 (review article)
- Director of Student Education
- Co-Director, Centre for World Literatures
- Director of Comparative Literature
My research interests encompass two overlapping areas. The first is nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French and comparative literature, with particular emphases on cultural exchange, the reception and translation of fin-de-siècle literature, and the concepts of dilettantism and cosmopolitanism. This research has led to publications on Charles Baudelaire, Paul Bourget, Jules Laforgue, Arthur Rimbaud, Georges Rodenbach, Henry James, Thomas Mann, Oscar Wilde, and the Symbolist novel. My present research is on the transnational cultural field in the long nineteenth century, which is linked to my membership of Writing 1900, an international and cross-disciplinary research network. With Arunima Bhattacharya and Laura Scuriatti I am currently co-editing a volume of essays entitled Literary Capitals in the Long Nineteenth Century: Spaces beyond the Centres, to be published by Palgrave in their Literary Urban Studies series in 2021. I am also a member of the AHRC-funded network Decadence and Translation; through this group I am currently researching English translations of Paul Verlaine’s prose works. My other current projects include articles on anti-colonial exoticism in Octave Mirbeau’s novel Le Jardin des supplices, and on the relationship between André Gide’s critique of haute littérature and the concept of world literature.
My second area of research is informed by my wider interest in literature from a comparative perspective, stretching from Montaigne to W. G. Sebald. This includes my first book, Dilettantism and its Values: From Weimar Classicism to the Fin de Siècle (Legenda, 2006), and an ongoing interest in digression, experimentation,and narratology. In 2011 I co-edited with Dr Jo Catling (UEA) a volume of essays on W. G. Sebald, entitled Saturn's Moons: W. G. Sebald - A Handbook (Legenda). Recently I have been collaborating with Dr Berkan Ulu of Akdeniz University (Turkey) on a project investigating poetry from the Gallipoli Campaign, funded by an AHRC Gateways to the First World War public engagement award.
I am on the Executive Committee of the British Comparative Literature Association and one of the General Editors of its journal Comparative Critical Studies, published by Edinburgh University Press: I am also on the Executive Committee of the European Society of Comparative Literature
At Leeds I co-direct the Centre for World Literatures in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and am one of the founding organisers of International Writers at Leeds, a programme of visiting writers in partnership with Leeds Central Library.
I am interested in supervising postgraduate research on the following areas: French and comparative literature, cosmopolitanism, cultural exchange, and reception and translation during the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century; different conceptions of dilettantism; comparative topics, particularly with a focus on literature in English, French and German; world literature. My recent postgraduate students have worked on nomadic paratexts, second-person narratives, and representations of mental health.<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
I teach French and comparative literature at all undergraduate levels.
Research groups and institutes
- Cultural studies
- Centre for World Literatures
- Literary studies