Laurence Marie

Laurence Marie

Laurence Marie holds an agrégation de Lettres modernes (2001) and a Ph.D. in Comparative literature from La Sorbonne University (2009). From 2002 to 2012, she taught literature at La Sorbonne, La Sorbonne Nouvelle, Nice and Angers Universities. Between 2012 and 2016, she was the head of the book and ideas department at the French Embassy in the U.S., promoting French and Francophone writers countrywide.

Her research focuses on performance and the visual arts, and, more generally, on the history of aesthetic ideas between classicism and romanticism. She has written numerous articles on related issues, published notably in Diderot Studies, Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research, Littératures classiques, and Revue des sciences humaines. She also co-directed a chapter on drama translations in the 17th and 18th centuries, published in the reference encyclopedia Histoire des traductions en langue française (Verdier, 2014).

Her book, Inventer l’acteur. Emotions et spectacle dans l’Europe des Lumières (coming out at the Presses universitaires de Paris-Sorbonne in the autumn of 2017), recounts the different steps that led to the emergence of stage performance’s first theories, in France and the neighboring countries. It shows how acting was a laboratory for Enlightenment ideas all over Europe. By focusing on the body and the emotions, the earliest writing on this new art played a central role in the transition from classical imitation to romantic expression.

Laurence Marie is currently working on a book devoted to the aesthetic and political implications of the « monstrous » Shakespeare’s influence on drama, the novel and the arts in the 18th century. In this context, she is part of a small team working on a complete digital edition of the first adaptations of Shakespeare (by French dramatist Jean-François Ducis) performed on the Comédie-Française stage in Paris.

Between 1999 and 2014, she was a member of the journal Labyrinthe. Atelier interdisciplinaire (and its co-director from 2004 to 2007). She also used to be a freelance writer for Le Nouvel Observateur, Elle magazine and Le Monde des livres.