Bader International Study Centre


at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Dr. David Baguley 

Assistant Professor

Qualifications and Research Interests

  • Doctorat d'Université, Nancy Université
  • MA in French Literature, Leicester University
  • BA (Hons.) in French, Nottingham University
  • Graduate Certificate of Education, Leicester University
  • Emeritus and Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario, Emeritus Professor and Honorary Research Fellow at Durham University, and Chevalier dans L'Ordre des Palmes Acadé​miques

Dr. Baguley’s research interests cover: nineteenth-century French literature; the Naturalist movement in literature in a broad international perspective; aspects of French history, notably the Second Empire and the Dreyfus Case; the interface of history and literature; bibliographical research; generic criticism. He is currently completing a critical edition of Émile Zola’s historical novel on the origins of the Second Empire, La Fortune des Rougon, for the “Classiques Garnier” series.

Selected Publications

Naturalist Fiction: The Entropic Vision (Cambridge University Press, 1990; reedited in 2005) 

Le Naturalisme et ses genres (Paris, Nathan, 1995)

Émile Zola : La Débâcle : Les Rougon-Macquart, XIX. Édition critique (Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2012)

Napoleon III and His Regime. An Extravaganza (Louisiana State University Press, 2000), which was awarded the R.H. Gapper Book Prize by the Society for French Studies in 2001.

Of some 100 articles in journals and collected volumes, his more recent items include:

“Histoire et fiction : Les Rougon-Macquart de Zola », in Romanesque et histoire (Amiens, Centre d’Études du Roman et du Romanesque de l’Université de Picardie-Jules Verne, 2008, pp. 68-82)

À vau-l’eau : pauvreté narrative, richesse générique”, in Huysmans et les genres littéraires (Rennes, Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2010, pp. 267-277) 

“Introduction”, in Émile Zola, Germinal. Translated, with Notes by Raymond N. MacKenzie. Indianapolis-Cambridge, Hackett, 2011, pp. vii-xxvi

« Zola and Darwin : A Reassessment », The Evolution of Literature : Legacies of Darwin in European Cultures. Amsterdam-NewYork, Rodopi, 2011, pp. 201-212

Forthcoming: “Darwin, Zola, and Dr Prosper Lucas's Treatise on Natural Heredity” for a collection of studies on Darwin’s reception in Europe

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