Please tell us about your research project.
My research project focuses on Herman Melville’s late œuvre and his way of thinking about secularism. Written at a time of deep changes in the metaphysical paradigms of the United-States, Melville’s writings showcase a trajectory of thought which tries to define the tenets of religious faith and its modalities in the modern world, intermingling theological, philosophical and political concerns. I pay closer attention to Melville’s late poetry, which has rarely come under scrutiny when analyzing the author’s metaphysical stance.
Could you please tell us a bit more about your scholarship/exchange programme?
My programme is part of an exchange programme between the ENS de Lyon and the Maison Française. The programme aims at supporting interdisciplinary projects and fosters the connection between the French and British academic worlds for PhD as well as Master’s students.
First impressions of Oxford/the University?
I was struck by the strong, challenging and friendly ties between senior researchers and PhD students who are just beginning in the field. This atmosphere is very propitious for the elaboration of academic projects and creates a stimulating milieu for academic communities.
The city and the University of Oxford form a unique environment. Being close to such wonderful sites as the Oxford parks, ponds and forests make it an amazing place where to study and develop one’s ideas.