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Dr Manon Mathias

Dr Manon Mathias

Lecturer in French



My undergraduate and postgraduate degrees were obtained at the University of Oxford. I graduated in French and German in 2006 and after following an MSt course in European Literature, I was awarded a D. Phil on the novelist George Sand in 2011. In 2007 I was appointed as the Rhys Fund Celtic Teaching Fellow and was a Tutor of Modern Welsh at the University of Oxford Language Centre until 2008. After a year as the College Lecturer in French at Worcester College, Oxford (2010-2011), I was a lecturer at Bangor University (2011-2012), where I was responsible for the development of Welsh-medium French courses. I worked as Lecturer in French at Aberdeen from 2013-2017, where I participated in the ‘Women, Science, Narrative’ research network. I have developed a research profile in nineteenth-century literary, medical and scientific culture and have secured funding from a range of sources including the British Society for the History of Science and the Carnegie Trust to support my research.

Research and Teaching Interests

I work and teach on nineteenth-century France, focusing on: literature and medicine, digestive health, gastronomy, food and health, literary-scientific relations, the nineteenth-century novel, visual culture, women’s writing.
I am currently embarking on the first interdisciplinary examination of digestive health in nineteenth-century French culture by examining advice on diet and digestion in novels, cookbooks and health manuals. The project is funded by a range of sources including a research grant recently awarded by the British Academy.



  • College of Arts, School of Modern Languages and Cultures