Stéphanie Bernard

Secretary of FATHOM
Assistant Professor at the University of Rouen, France

Stéphanie Bernard wrote a thesis entitled De Thomas Hardy à Joseph Conrad : vers une écriture de la modernité. Her research work deals with the tragic in the early days of modernism, through the novels of Thomas Hardy (Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure) and Joseph Conrad (Lord Jim and Under Western Eyes). It also takes into account voice and gaze as two major vectors of the tragic. In addition, she has been focusing on the questions of femininity and of rewriting, widening her approach to other texts by Hardy (such as The Return of the Native, short stories in Life’s Little Ironies, or poems), by Conrad (Heart of Darkness, The Secret Agent, Nostromo, “An Outpost of Progress”), or by other authors (Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys).


Publications on Thomas Hardy

« La science et le savoir obscur dans Jude the Obscure de Thomas Hardy », in Variations sur Darwin / Variations on Darwin, Hardy et la science : au-delà de Darwin / Hardy and Science: Beyond Darwin, ed. Catherine Lanone, Revue Miranda n°1, Avril 2010.

« The Two Judes: Thomas Hardy and the Biblical Intertext », Rewriting/Reprising in Literature : The Paradoxes of Intertextuality, ed. Claude Maisonnat, Josiane Paccaud-Huguet, Annie Ramel, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2009, 208 p., pp. 174-184.

« “Moments of Vision” : Thomas Hardy et l’écriture », Cahiers victoriens et Edouardiens 69, avril 2009, pp. 171-185.

« Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy and the Power of the Letter », La Bible et ses réécritures dans la littérature et la pensée britanniques au XIXe siècle, dir. Frédéric Slaby et Elise Ouvrard, La Revue LISA, Vol. V, n°4, 2007, 239 p., pp.170-181

« Thomas Hardy et Joseph Conrad : le tragique de l’ombre », L’Epoque Conradienne, Limoges, Pulim, 2005, 123 p., pp. 7-25.


Conference papers

 “‘An Imaginative Woman’ and ‘On the Western Circuit’: Women of Letters and the Irony of Life”, International conference: “Thomas Hardy and The Letter”, 18 and 19 June 2009, University of Rouen.

« Jude the Obscure de Thomas Hardy : roman du clair-obscur », SAIT conference: “La couleur : entre silence et éloquence”, June 2009, University of Paris V.

“Thomas Hardy: Writing as Forgetting and Re-membering”, International conference: « Du décousu au cousu méticuleux : from patchwork to quilt », 8 and 9 November 2007, University of Rouen.

–Last updated: April 2010–