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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages


Professor Nicholas White

Professor of Nineteenth-Century French Literature and Culture
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
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Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


Nicholas White is a specialist in nineteenth-century French literature, with a particular interest in the issues of war, friendship, love, marriage, and the family, and in the methods of cultural and literary history. He is the author of French Divorce Fiction from the Revolution to the First World War and of The Family in Crisis in Late Nineteenth-Century French Fiction. He is now engaged on a book project on the 'war before the First World War': in other words, the Franco-Prussian War and the Commune (1870-71). He is the Principal Investigator of the AHRC-sponsored network on ‘The Art of Friendship in France, 1789-1914’, and was also the principal investigator of the Cambridge-Paris Sciences & Lettres network entitled ‘Zola au pluriel’.  He was one of the founding editors of Dix-Neuf, the journal of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes, and reviews editor for H-France, and has edited or co-edited seven volumes of essays and translations, including special numbers on Zola for the French journal Les Cahiers naturalistes and the American journal Romanic Review.