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1 Cook MALCOLM C. COOK: Professor of French, University

MALCOLM C. COOK: Professor of French, University of Exeter,
Born London
Married, French wife, three children
Westlain Grammar School, Brighton
Warwick University
BA Hons, French Studies, with
Distinction in Oral French
Ph.D. Prose Fiction of the French Revolution 1974
Professional Career
Lecteur, Université de Paris X (Nanterre)
Assistant Associé, Université de Paris X
Lecturer, Westfield College, University of
Lecturer, University of Exeter
Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter
Reader in French Eighteenth-Century
Studies, University of Exeter
Personal Chair of French Eighteenth-Century
Studies, University of Exeter
1994Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter 2001-3
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter 2003-4
Management Experience
I served as Head of Department, Head of School and was, at some
time in my career, a member of every important committee in the
university, often acting as Chair. From August 2001 until July
2004 I was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University, with
particular responsibility for Learning and Teaching. In this
capacity, I led the University’s preparations for the Institutional
Audit which took place in Autumn 2003, with an outstandingly
good outcome. The Chair of Learning and Teaching Committee is
responsible for Quality Assurance in the University and, apart
from chairing the full committee, the Chair assumes a major role
in internal reviews and in all working parties relating to teaching
activity. As a Deputy Vice-Chancellor I had lead responsibility for
the University’s undergraduate admissions (including widening
participation), Employability, Marketing Strategy and Purchasing
Policy. I was also the Chair of the University’s Environmental
Steering Group and of the Disability Equality Group, a group
which defined university policy in this area in the light of new
legislation. This range of activity gave me extensive management
experience. I was involved in a range of disciplinary boards,
appeals and various disputes. I believe I was a thoughtful and
responsive manager who listened carefully but who was able and
willing to take decisive action when required to do so. Naturally, I
was a member of all the major committees of the University and
played a full part in defining policy as a member of the ViceChancellor’s Executive Group. I believe in the value of working
closely with people, building good working relations and
functioning effectively as a team.
As a Deputy Vice-Chancellor I also had line management for four
Heads of School and was responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for all
activity in those four Schools. I was responsible for the Schools of
Classics, Ancient History and Theology; History, Political and
Sociological Studies, Camborne School of Mines; Engineering and
Computer Science; Performance Arts. In my final year (the post
was then limited to three years, not renewable) I was responsible
for the Schools of Engineering, Computer Science and
Mathematics; History, Politics and Sociological Studies;
Geography, Archaeology and Earth Resources (incorporating
Camborne School of Mines) and Performance Arts. This involved
signing off all job applications, chairing interviews and generally
assuring the well-being of these Schools.
Outside the University I was one of a small group of ‘Bologna
Promoters’. This group which exists to inform the sector about
the Bologna process, was first formed by the European University
Association by taking nominations from national groups of
rectors and principals. I was recommended by UUK. This activity
led to my giving presentations on the Bologna process, notably in
Turin, Dublin, Brussels, Paris and London. I established a
Bologna Forum in the South West which was attended by
representatives of all the Higher Education institutions of the
South West.
I am trained QAA auditor and have undertaken Institutional
Evaluations on behalf of the Agency in England and Scotland. I
have also acted as a member of a team assessing an application
for Degree Awarding Powers.
I have served as a member of the EUA Institution Evaluation
Programme and acted also as a member of the steering group. I
have undertaken evaluations for the EUA in Spain, Italy and
Ukraine. I have also undertaken evaluations for the QA agencies
in Ireland, France, Lithuania, Romania and Oman.
I am the Chair of the Modern Humanities Research Association, a
major learned society which exists to promote research and
scholarship in the modern European languages, including
English. Prior to this, on behalf of the Association, I was French
Editor of the Modern Language Review and later became the
General Editor, leading the team of specialists producing one of
the best known modern language periodicals in the world.
I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and have served
on the panel assessing doctoral applications and applications for
block-grant capacity building. I have also worked in Ireland
assessing doctoral applications and assessing applications for
University research funding.
I have broad experience of the university sector and have been
external examiner in five different universities.
In 1998 I was made a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes
Académiques by the French Government, for services to French
Culture. I have now been promoted to the rank of Officier.
I took early retirement from the University in 2008 in order to
develop consultancy activity in the quality assurance areas, and
to devote more time to my research. I continue to lead a major
AHRC and British Academy-funded project, La Correspondance de
Bernardin de Saint-Pierre (1737-1814).
Research Statement:
I am a specialist of eighteenth-century French literature and have
published widely in that area, with particular strength in prose
fiction and, more recently, manuscript work. I analyse, in
particular, the relationships between literature and society
during the second half of the century. I have established myself
as one of the international experts on the important writer,
Bernardin de Saint-Pierre (1737-1814), leading a team of
specialists preparing the first ever critical edition of his
correspondence, to be published by the Voltaire Foundation in
Oxford, and which is appearing as part of the Electronic
Enlightenment project. The Bernardin project was awarded
British Academy Research Project status in 2004 and has received
considerable amounts of external funding: from the Academy,
from the AHRC and from the MHRA.
Teaching and Teaching-Related Activity:
I have taught across a wide area of French literature, specialising
in the late enlightenment and the production of prose fiction.
Postgraduate Supervision
I have supervised theses on: Diderot's Novels; Attitudes to War
and Peace in the French Enlightenment; The Esprit des Journaux,
1770-1820; The Reception of Rousseau's La Nouvelle Héloïse; The
Novels of Mme Riccoboni; The Mariette papers in Exeter
University Library; The Moral Tale in France and Germany (17501800); The Gothic Tale in France and Germany (1750-1820); The
Novels of Pigault-Lebrun; The editorial work of Aimé-Martin.
I supervised an MPhil student working on a collection of French
family papers (completed in 2004) and another who worked on
the Mémoires secrets. I am currently supervising a PhD student
who is working on the science of Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, as
seen in the Etudes de la nature.
I have served as a member of the ‘jury’ for the process of
‘habilitation’ for a candidate for a Chair at the Université de Paris
IV (Sorbonne).
1. Books/Monographs/Book Length Studies:
Politics in the Fiction of the French Revolution', Studies on
Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, 201 (1982), 233-340.
Lesage, 'Gil Blas', Critical Guides to French Texts, 72 (London:
Grant and Cutler, 1988), 75 pp.
Fictional France: Representations of Reality in French Fiction,
1775-1800 (Providence (U.S) and Oxford: Berg, 1993), 168 pp.
French Culture since 1945, ed. by M. Cook. (London: Longmans,
1993), 327 pp. (reprinted).
Modern France: Society in Transition, ed. by M. Cook and G.
Davie, (London: Routledge, 1999), 279 pp.
Journalisme et Fiction au 18e siècle, ed. by M.Cook and A.
Jourdan (French Studies of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth
Centuries, 1), (Bern: Peter Lang, 1999), 241 pp.
Anecdotes, Faits-Divers, Contes, Nouvelles, 1700-1820, ed. by
Malcolm Cook and Marie-Emmanuelle Plagnol-Diéval (French
Studies of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, 5), (Bern:
Peter Lang, 2000), 302 pp.
Réécritures, 1700-1820, ed. By Malcolm Cook and MarieEmmanuelle Plagnol-Diéval (French Studies of the Eighteenth and
Nineteenth Centuries, 4), (Bern: Peter Lang, 2002), 298 pp.
The Inventory of the Correspondence of Bernardin de SaintPierre by Malcolm Cook. Published online by the Voltaire
Foundation, Oxford.
Critique, Critiques au 18e siècle, ed. by Malcolm Cook and MarieEmmanuelle Plagnol-Diéval ((French Studies of the Eighteenth
and Nineteenth Centuries, 22), (Bern: Peter Lang, 2006), 308 pp.
Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, a life of culture (Oxford: Legenda,
2006), 182 pp
2. Editions:
Contes révolutionnaires, Textes littéraires, XLV (Exeter: The
University of Exeter, 1982), xxii + 72 pp.
M.-J. Chénier, Jean Calas ou l'École des juges, Textes littéraires,
LXIV (Exeter: The University of Exeter, 1987), xxvi + 77 pp.
Beaumarchais, Le Mariage de Figaro (London: Bristol Classical
Press, 1992), xix + 169 pp. (now reprinting)
Dialogues révolutionnaires, Textes littéraires, LXXXIX (Exeter: The
University of Exeter Press, 1994), xv + 92 pp.
Beaumarchais, Le Barbier de Séville (London: Bristol Classical
Press, 1994), xxxvii + 115 pp.
3. Articles, Chapters in Books, Conference Proceedings:
'Fiction as propaganda in the French Revolution', Exeter Studies
in History, 5 (1983), 70-82
'Laclos, nouvelles perspectives', Revue d'Histoire Littéraire de la
France, 84 (1984), 88-94
'Laclos and the Galerie des États-Généraux', Studies on Voltaire
and the Eighteenth Century, 228 (1984), 313-19
'Laclos: an unpublished letter of 1793', British Journal for
Eighteenth-Century Studies, 8 (1985), 93-96
'Paul et Virginie, a roman poétique', Australian Journal of French
Studies, 24 (1987), 245-52
'Diderot's imperfect religious and the language of the senses',
British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 11 (1988), 163-72
'Le roman en 1789', Dix-huitième siècle, 20 (1988), 221-33
'Emilie de Varmont ou le divorce nécessaire: analyse d'un roman
révolutionnaire', Lendemains, 55-56 (1989), 79-86
'Adèle et Théodore ou les liaisons dangereuses', Studies on
Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, 284 (1991), 371-83
'Discord and harmony in Paul et Virginie', Eighteenth-Century
Fiction, 3 (1991), 205-16
'Les paysans dans les romans révolutionnaires', in La Culture
paysanne (1750-1830), Colloque du Centre d'Histoire culturelle
et religieuse (24-25-26 mai 1993), Université de Rennes 2/Haute
Bretagne, actes réunis par Alain Croix et Jean Quéniart, Annales
de Bretagne et des Pays de l'Ouest, 100 (1993), 565-72
'Robinson Crusoe in Siberia: the writing of a novel in the late
eighteenth century', Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth
Century, 317 (1994), 1-43
'Bougainville and one Noble Savage', The Modern Language
Review, 89 (1994), 842-55
'Bernardin de Saint-Pierre: unpublished prose fables' in The
Secular City, studies presented to Haydn Mason (Exeter: Exeter
University Press, 1994) 154-69
'Jean Calas de Marie-Joseph Chénier: pièce historique, pièce
révolutionnaire' in Venance Dougados et son temps: André
Chénier, Fabre d'Eglantine, Actes du colloque de Carcassonne,
mai 1994. Ed. by Sylvie Caucanas and Rémy Cazals. (Carcassonne:
Les Audois, 1995), 177-85.
'Addressing the public in Eighteenth-Century French Fiction', in
Shifting the Boundaries: Transformation of the Languages of
Public and Private in the Eighteenth Century, ed. by Dario
Castiglione and Lesley Sharpe (Exeter: The University of Exeter
Press, 1995, 41-53)
'Editing the Bernardin Correspondence', Transactions of the
Ninth International Congress of the Enlightenment, Münster,
1995, Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, 347
(1996), 619-22
'Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Paul et Virginie: "Premier essai
autographe de la conversation de Paul et du Vieillard"',
Eighteenth-Century Fiction, IX (1997), 149-160.
'Un inédit de Bernardin de Saint-Pierre: «Sur le nouveau
dictionnaire de la langue française», Revue d'histoire littéraire de
la France, 97 (1997), 119-25.
'Vailland-Vadim et Les Liaisons dangereuses, Cahiers Roger
Vailland, 7 (1997), 39-46.
'Bernardin de Saint-Pierre lecteur de Voltaire', in Voltaire et ses
combats actes du congrès international Oxford-Paris, 1994,
publiés sous la direction de Ulla Kölving et Christiane Mervaud,
Oxford: TheVoltaire Foundation, 1997, 1079-84.
'Childhood in the works of Bernardin de Saint-Pierre', Romance
Studies, 28 (1998), 17-27.
'Religion dans les Mémoires secrets de Bachaumont', actes du
colloque Journalisme et Religion, Université Blaise Pascal,
Clermont-Ferrand, mars 1994, (Peter Lang: New York, 1998, pp.
'"Des moyens de vivre heureux en menant une vie naturelle": un
texte inédit de Bernardin de Saint-Pierre', Studies on Voltaire and
the Eighteenth Century, 358 (1998), 161-70.
'Portraits in Eighteenth-Century French Fiction', Australian
Journal of French Studies, XXXV (1998), 141-55.
‘La Réception de Paul et Virginie dans la presse contemporaine’,
Journalisme et Fiction au 18e siècle, Bern: Peter Lang, 1999, pp.
‘Robespierre in Fiction’, Robespierre: History and Literature, eds.
Colin Haydon and William Doyle, Cambridge University Press,
1999, pp. 224-36.
‘Translating the Fantastic: Cazotte’s Diable amoureux’, in The
Transmission of Culture in Western Europe, 1750-1850, eds.
David Bickerton and Judith Proud, Berne: Peter Lang, 1999, 95104.
‘Bernardin de Saint-Pierre et la culture du Jardin National
pendant la Révolution’, Eglise, Education, Lumières... Histoires
Culturelles de la France, 1500-1830, En l’honneur de Jean
Quéniart, textes réunis par Alain Croix, André Lespagnol et
Georges Provost, Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 1999,
pp. 443-49.
‘The Emigré Novel’ in The French Emigrés in Europe and the
Struggle against Revolution, 1789-1814, eds. Kirsty Carpenter
and Philip Mansel, London: Macmillan, 1999, 151-64.
‘L’Année 1789 racontée par le paysan d’Erckmann-Chatrian’
Actes du colloque universitaire Erckmann-Chatrian. Entre
imagination, fantaisie et réalisme: du conte au conte de l’histoire,
Phalsbourg 22, 23, 24 octobre 1996, Editions du Musée de
Phalsbourg, 1999, 193-99.
‘Marmontel: Deux Lettres retrouvées’, Revue d’Histoire Littéraire
de la France, 99 (1999), 95-98.
'Laclos: Two unpublished letters', British Journal for EighteenthCentury Studies, 23 (2000), 37-42.
'Bernardin de Saint-Pierre: Observations sur la Finlande' in
L'Invitation au voyage, Studies in honour of Peter France, edited
by John Renwick, (Oxford: The Voltaire Foundation), 2000, 11939.
'Une "fiction morale": Le Nouveau Doyen de Killerine de Mercier',
in L'Abbé Prévost au tournant du siècle, présenté par Richard A.
Francis et Jean Mainil, 319-324, SVEC, 11 (2000).
'La Fiction courte en France, 1790-1800', Eighteenth-Century
Fiction, 13 (2001) 197-211.
'Le Voyage autour de ma chambre by Xavier de Maistre',
Australian Journal of French Studies, 38 (2001), 158-65.
‘Fictions utopiques révolutionnaires’ in Utopies, ed. by Michèle
Riot-Sarcey, Thomas Bouchet, Antoine Picon, (Paris: Larousse,
2002), pp. 97-98.
‘La critique de la religion dans le roman révolutionnaire:
l’exemple de Louvet de Couvray, Émilie de Varmont ou le divorce
nécessaire et les amours du curé Sévin (1791)’, in Roman et
Religion en France (1713-1866), ed. by Jacques Wagner, (Paris:
Champion, 2002), 171-76.
‘Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, poète’, Revue d’histoire littéraire de la
France, 2003, 169-79.
‘Le roman à l’époque révolutionnaire: évolution ou révolution?’ in
La Fiction en prose, 1760-1820 dans les littératures de l’Europe
occidentale, centrale et orientale, (Paris: l’Harmattan, 2003), pp.
‘Philosophy and Method in Bernardin de Saint-Pierre’s Paul et
Virginie in The Enterprise of Enlightenment, ed. by Terry Pratt
and David McCallam, (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2004), pp. 95-113.
‘Saint-Pierre, Jacques-Henri Bernardin de 1737-1814, French
Writer’ in Encyclopedia of the Romantic Age, ed. by Christopher
John Murray (New York, London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2004), 2 vols,
II, 982-83.
‘Les Veillées du Couvent de Mercier de Compiègne: une parodie
du roman pastoral’ in Séries parodiques au siècle des Lumières
(Lettres françaises) (Paris: Presses Universitaires de Paris
Sorbonne, 2004), pp. 369-76.
‘Bernardin de Saint-Pierre: the Ideal Primary School’, French
Studies Bulletin 92 (2004), 2-4.
‘La représentation du mâle dans la fiction de la fin du XVIIIe
siècle: quelques axes de réflexion’ in Katherine Astbury and
Marie-Emmanuelle Plagnol-Diéval, Le Mâle en France, 1715-1830:
représentations de la masculinité (French Studies of the
Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, 15), (Oxford: Peter Lang,
2004), 235-40.
‘Writing for Charity: Mme de Genlis and Thérésina’ in EighteenthCentury Fiction, 17 (2005), 537-50.
‘Bernardin de Saint-Pierre’ in Dictionary of Literary Biography,
Writers of the French Enlightenment, ed. by Samia I. Spencer
(Detroit: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 2005), I, 52-8.
‘The Modern Language Review: The First Hundred Years’, The
Modern Language Review, 100 (Supplement, 2005), 1-4.
‘Utopian Fiction of the French Revolution’, Nottingham French
Studies, 45 (2006), 104-113.
‘Bernardin de Saint-Pierre parle de son roman’, in L’Art de la
préface au siècle des lumières, ed. by Ioana Galleron (Collections
« Interférences ») (Rennes: Presses universitaires, 2007), 91-100.
‘Histoire ou Fiction? Les Amours et aventures d’un émigré’ in
Destins romanesques de l’émigration, ed. by Claire Jacquier,
Florence Lotterie et Catriona Seth, (L’Esprit des Lettres) (Paris:
Desjonquères, 2007), 181-87.
‘Bernardin de Saint-Pierre and Girodet: illustrating the ‘luxury’
edition of Paul et Virginie’, The Modern Language Review, 102
(2007), 975-89.
‘Bernardin de Saint-Pierre's English Contacts during the French
Revolution', in British-French Exchanges in the Eighteenth
Century, ed. by Kathleen Hardesty Doig and Dorothy Medlin
(Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007),
pp. 4-18.
‘The First Separate Edition of Bernardin de Saint-Pierre’s Paul et
Virginie’, French Studies Bulletin 2008 (109), 89-91.
‘L’Amazone, Bernardin de Saint-Pierre’s unfinished novel’ in
Enlightenment and narrative: essays in honour of Richard A.
Francis by colleagues and friends’, edited by Philip Robinson,
Nottingham French Studies, 48 (2009), 137-49.
‘Le Brame dans les écrits de Bernardin de Saint-Pierre’ in
Bernardin de Saint-Pierre et l’Océan Indien, edited by Jean-Michel
Racault, Chantal Meure and Angélique Gigan (Paris : Classiques
Garnier, 2011), pp. 143-156.
‘Le roman et le théâtre, deux parents proches’, in La Scène, la
Salle et la Coulisse dans le théâtre du XVIIIe en France, ed. by
Pierre Frantz and Thomas Wynn (Paris : Presses de l’Université de
Paris-Sorbonne, 2011), pp. 205-212.
‘Violence in the work of Bernardin de Saint-Pierre’, Representing
violence in France, 1760-1820, edited by Thomas Wynn, SVEC,
2013/10, 191-202.
4. Critical Bibliographies:
'The Eighteenth Century' The Year's Work in Modern Language
Studies (in collaboration with Dr. G. Bremner, formerly of the
University College, Aberystwyth):
Vol. 41 (1980), 118-58
Vol. 42 (1981), 141-79
Vol. 43 (1982), 138-70
5. Reviews:
I have published book reviews (too numerous to list) for: The
Journal of European Studies, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, The
Modern Language Review, French Studies, the Revue d'Histoire
Littéraire de la France.
6. Editorial:
French Editor, The Modern Language Review, 1987-93
General Editor, The Modern Language Review, 1994-2001
Joint General Editor (1999-2004): French Studies of the
Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, Peter Lang (Bern)
General Editor and French Editor: MHRA Critical Texts
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