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Dr Larry Duffy

Senior Lecturer in French


Office: Cornwallis West G33a
Office Hours: Mondays 11am-12 noon


Larry Duffy has a double BA in French and Russian and an MA in European Languages and Culture from the University of Manchester, a Licence de Lettres Modernes from the Université de Bourgogne, and a PhD in French from the University of Hull. He has taught at the University of Manchester, the Université de Bourgogne, University College Dublin, the University of Ulster, and, for some years prior to coming to Kent in 2010, at the University of Queensland. He is a member of the Society of Dix-neuviémistes Executive Committee.

Larry Duffy’s main research interests lie in the interplay between literary, scientific, and medical discourses in nineteenth-century France. Recent publications include peer-reviewed journal articles on medical themes in the works of Gustave Flaubert and Émile Zola, and on Michel Houellebecq’s twentieth- and twenty-first-century articulation of nineteenth-century preoccupations. His monograph Flaubert, Zola and the Incorporation of Disciplinary Knowledge was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Duffy, L. (2014). Flaubert, Zola and the Incorporation of Disciplinary Knowledge. [Online]. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. Available at:
Duffy, L. (2005). Le Grand Transit Moderne: Mobility, Modernity and French Naturalist Fiction. Amsterdam: Rodopi.
Edited book
Duffy, L. ed. (2007). Translation of Emile Zola's 'Germinal': With a critical introduction. London: Wordsworth.
Duffy, L. and Emerson, C. eds. (2000). La Nature dévoilée: French Literary Responses to Science. Hull: Hull University Press.
Duffy, L. (2012). Des Oiseaux en St-Esprit: A Further Note on Taxidermy in Flaubert. French Studies Bulletin [Online] 33:48-51. Available at:
Duffy, L. (2012). Networks of Good and Evil: Michel Houellebecq's Fictional Infrastructures. Australian Journal of French Studies [Online] 49:211-225. Available at:
Duffy, L. (2011). Madame Bovary and the Institutional Transformation of Pharmacy. Dix-Neuf [Online] 15:70-82. Available at:
Duffy, L. (2010). Monomania and Perpetual Motion: Insanity and Amateur Scientific Enthusiasm in Nineteenth-Century Medical, Scientific and Literary Discourse. French Cultural Studies [Online] 21:155-166. Available at:
Duffy, L. (2009). Du monstre lombrosien à l'anormal zolien: généalogies pathologiques et discursives de 'La Bête humaine'. Les Cahiers Naturalistes 83:91-104.
Duffy, L. (2009). Incorporations hypodermiques et épistémologiques chez Zola: Science et littérature. Revue Romane [Online] 44:293-311. Available at:
Duffy, L. (1999). È pericoloso sporgersi: The Hysteria of Compartmental Narrative in Maupassant's Contes. Excavatio 12:82-91.
Book section
Duffy, L. (2014). Réseaux du bien et du mal: Infrastructures fictives de Michel Houellebecq. in: Van Wesemael, S. ed. L'Unité de l'oeuvre de Michel Houellebecq. Paris: Garnier, pp. 103-114. Available at:
Duffy, L. (2010). Orthopédie, gymnastique, hypodermie : redresser le corps chez Flaubert. in: Gaillard, J. and Andrieu, B. eds. Vers la fin du handicap? : Pratiques sportives, nouveaux enjeux, nouveaux territoires. Nancy, France: Presses Universitaires de Nancy, pp. 395-412.
Duffy, L. (2008). Critical introduction to Émile Zola. in: The Ladies' Paradise by Emile Zola. London: Alma Classics, p. vii-xxiii.
Duffy, L. (2007). Perdue en traduction: Translation, Betrayal and Death in Mérimée's Carmen. in: Downing, L. et al. eds. Birth and Death in Ninteenth-Century French Culture. Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. 49-61.
Duffy, L. (2005). Les mots font leurs besognes: Informe as High-Low Hybridity on Board the Ville-de-Montereau. in: Crowley, P. and Hegarty, P. eds. Formless: Ways in and Out of Form. Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 120-133.
Duffy, L. and Sainte-Beuve, C. (2018). Ulric Guttinguer et Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve, Arthur. Édition critique par Bernard Gendrel. French Studies [Online] 73:127-128. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 17 [See all in KAR]
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Larry Duffy teaches modules on modern French literature and culture.

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