Dr Jann Matlock

Senior Lecturer in French

Research areas:

French Literature of the 18th-19th Centuries
Comparative Literary Studies, French, German, English, 1740-1914
French Cultural and Intellectual History, 1750-present (especially 1789-1914)
Art and Visual Culture in Europe, 19th-20th Centuries
History of French Cinema from Precinema to the Present
Critical Theory
Film Theory
Gender Studies and Feminist Theory
Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Theories of History
Narrative and the Novel (French, English, and German)
“Realism” in Art and Literature
History of Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry
Popular Culture, 18th-20th centuries
Contemporary French and American Film and Television

Office: rm 210, 1-4 Malet Place

Tel: 020 7679 3083 or 020 7679 3076
Internal extension: 33076

email: j.matlock@ucl.ac.uk

Selected Publications:


Scenes of Seduction: Prostitution, Hysteria, and Reading Difference in Nineteenth-Century France, New York: Columbia University Press, 1994

Media Spectacles, edited with Marjorie Garber and Rebecca L. Walkowitz, New York: Routledge Press, 1993


Lanternes magiques, tableaux transparents, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, September       1995-January 1996, curated by Ségolène Le Men, with Nelly Kuntzmann, Jann
Matlock, et al. Paris: Réunion des Musées nationaux, 1995

Edited volumes:

Co-editor with Dominique Kalifa, “Aux Marges de Paris,” special issue, Sociétés et Représentations (Presses de la Sorbonne, Paris) in homage to historian Susanna Barrows, forthcoming January 2014.

Books Forthcoming and In Progress:

Before the Voyeur: Spectacles of the Body and Aesthetics in 19th-Century France

Looking at Risk: Invisible Women and Their Secrets Unveiled

Articles and Contributions to Collective Volumes:

“Phantom Undergrounds,” (10,000-word article on Nadar, Leroux, and the Paris Catacombs). Forthcoming in Dix-Neuf: Journal of the Society of Dix-Neuvièmistes, 2013

“Everyday Ghosts: Zola’s La Curée in the Shadow of the Commune, 1871-72,” Romanic Review (Columbia University), special issue on Zola, ed. Nicholas White, Vol. 102, Nos. 3-4 (cover date: May-Nov 2011; published January 2013), pp. 321-347.

“Les Nuits de Prom” (translated by Stéphane Bouquet). Dance & Cinema, special issue of La Revue Capricci, ed. Stéphane Bouquet, Paris: Centre National de la Danse and Capricci, October 2012, pp. 151-67.

“Introduction," The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (Penguin Classics), trans. Mireille Ribière. London and New York: Penguin Books, 2012, pp. xiii-xliv.

“Les Souterrains des fantômes” (trans. Stéphane Bouquet). Iin Ames errantes: Pour une histoire sociale et culturelle des fantômes au XIXe siècle, ed. Stéphanie Sauget. Paris: Créaphis, 2012.

“La Photographie d'exil : Hugo ailleurs” (trans. Stéphane Bouquet). In Le Voyage et la mémoire au dix-neuvième siècle, ed. Sarga Moussa and Sylvain Venayre, Papers from the Colloque du Cérisy. Paris: Créaphis, 2011, pp. 303-20, and figures 4-5.

“Des Américains à Paris: Gros titres, grand monde, et criminalité dans le New York Herald, édition européenne, à la Belle Époque” (translated by Stéphane Bouquet). In Presse, Nations et Mondialisation au XIXe siècle, ed. Marie-Eve Thérenty and Alain Vaillant. Paris: Nouveau Monde, 2010, pp. 208-236

“Vacancies: Registered Passing in American Cinema, 1929-1964.” In Moving Pictures/Stopping Places: Hotels and Motels on Film, ed. David B. Clarke, Valerie Crawford Pfannhauser, and Marcus A. Doel. Lexington, Ky.: Lexington Books of Rowman and Littlefield, 2009, pp. 73-141

"Optique-monde.” Romantisme: revue du dix-neuvième siècle, special issue on L’Oeuvre-monde au XIXe siècle, ed. Marie-Eve Thérenty, No. 136, 2e trimestre, 2007, pp. 39-53

“Vestiges of New Battles: Linda Stein’s Sculpture after 9/11 (Art Essay),” Feminist Studies, 33, No. 3 (Fall 2007), pp. 569-590.

“Bodies in Crisis: Zola, Gender, and the Dilemmas of History.” In From Goethe to Gide: Feminism, Aesthetics and the French and German Literary Canon 1770-1936, ed. Mary Orr and Lesley Sharpe. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2005, pp. 144-67 and 227-32

“Chicago” (translated by Charlotte Garson). In La Ville au Cinéma, ed. Thierry Jousse and Thierry Paquot. Paris: Éditions des Cahiers du cinéma, 2005, pp. 368-79.

“Censoring the Realist Gaze.” Reprint in Madame Bovary: Contexts, Critical Reception (The Norton Critical Edition), second edition. ed. Margaret Cohen. New York: W. W. Norton, 2004.

“Keeping Up Appearances.” (on early cinema and sexuality). Sight and Sound, 14, No. 4 (April 2004), pp. 28-31

“Olympia devient française, ou comment la modernité a perdu la mémoire.” In Ruptures: De la discontinuité dans la vie artistique, ed. Jean Galard. Paris: Musée du Louvre and ENSBA, 2002, pp. 165-216

“Ghostly Politics.” In Special Issue, Post-Mortem: The State of Death as a Modern Construct, ed. Jonathan Strauss, Diacritics, 30, No. 3 (cover date “Fall 2000,” actual publication date 2002), pp. 53-72

“Et si la sexualité n’avait pas d’avenir?” In La Sexualité a-t-elle un avenir? ed. Pierre Fédida. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1999, pp. 10-38. Translated into Spanish as “¿Y si la sexualidad no tuviera porvenir?” in Grafías de Eros: Historia, género e identidades sexuales, ed. Raúl Giordana and Graciela Graham. Buenos Aires, Argentina: EDELP, 2000, pp. 115-40.

“‘Tirer la langue’: Fantasmes médicaux, langues malades, et le langage du réel.” In A la Recherche du XIXe siècle: Langues du XIXe siècle, Actes du colloque NCFS, Toronto, ed. Graham Falconer, Andrew Oliver, and Dorothy Speirs. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998, pp. 93-106

“Novels of Testimony and the ‘Invention’ of the Modern French Novel.” Chapter Two of The Cambridge Companion to the French Novel from 1800 to the present, ed. Timothy Unwin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997, pp. 16-35

“Hedonism and Hegemony: Bodily Matters at a Loss.” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, special issue, “The Lure of the Androgyne,” 30, No. 1 (September 1997), pp. 211-239

“The Invisible Woman and her Secrets Unveiled.” The Yale Journal of Criticism, 9, No. 2 (Fall 1996), pp. 165-221.

“The Limits of Reformism: The Novel, Censorship, and the Politics of Adultery in Nineteenth-Century France.” In Cultural Institutions of the Novel, ed. Deirdre Lynch and William B. Warner. Chapel Hill, NC: Duke University Press, 1996, pp. 335-368

“Seeing Women: Rhetorics of Visibility, the Women’s Press, and the July Monarchy Salon.” Art Journal, “Recent Approaches to Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture,” ed. Susan Siegfried and Judy Sund. Vol. 55, No. 2 (Summer 1996), pp. 73-84

“Reading Invisibility.” In Field Work: Sites in Literary and Cultural Studies, ed. Marjorie Garber, Paul Franklin, and Rebecca L. Walkowitz. New York: Routledge Press, 1996, pp. 183-95

“Censored Bodies: Plots, Prostitutes, and the Revolution of 1830.” In Repression and Expression: Literary and Social Coding in Nineteenth-Century France, ed. Carrol F. Coates. New York: Peter Lang, 1996, pp. 147-66

“Censoring the Realist Gaze.” In Spectacles of Realism: Gender, Body, Genre, ed. Margaret Cohen and Christopher Prendergast. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1995, pp. 28-65

“Voir aux limites du corps: Fantasmagories et femmes invisibles dans les spectacles de Robertson.” In Lanternes magiques, tableaux transparents. Exhibition Catalogue, Musée d’Orsay, September 1995-January 1996, ed. Ségolène Le Men. Paris: Réunion des Musées nationaux, 1995, pp. 82-99

“Delirious Disguises, Perverse Masquerades, and the Ghostly Female Fetishist.” Grand Street, 53 (June 1995), pp. 156-70

“Scandals of Naming: The Blue Blob, Gender, and Identity in the Trial of William Kennedy Smith.” In Media Spectacles, ed. Marjorie Garber, Jann Matlock, and Rebecca L. Walkowitz. New York: Routledge Press, 1993, pp. 136-159

“Masquerading Women, Pathologized Men: Cross-dressing, Fetishism, and the Theory of Perversion, 1885-1930.” In Fetishism as Cultural Discourse, ed. Emily Apter and William Pietz. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1993, pp. 31-61

“Lire Dangereusement: Les Mémoires du diable et ceux de Madame Lafarge.” Romantisme, 76, No. 2 (Fall 1992), pp. 3-21

“Doubling Out of the Crazy House: Gender, Autobiography, and the Insane Asylum System in Nineteenth-Century France.” Representations, 34 (Spring 1991), pp. 166-195

Films and Videos:

Psychopathia sexualis: Fragments d’une enquête. A 52-minute documentary film.by Jann Matlock and Philippe Faucon, 2001. In conjunction with the exhibit Posséder et Detruire:    Stratégies Sexuelles dans l’art d’occident, curated by Régis Michel, Musée du Louvre, 2000. Produced by Agence Atopic Paris, in coproduction with the Musée du Louvre, TV 10 Angers, with funding from the Centre National de Cinématographie and Procirep. Premiere screening, Musée du Louvre, April 2001.

Le Film 100 Têtes. A 26-minute documentary film by Hervé Nisic and Jann Matlock, directed by Hervé Nisic. Produced by Agence Atopic, Paris, in coproduction with the Musée du Louvre, La Cinquième, TV 10 Angers. Premiered at the Forum des Images, Paris and on French television, May 1998. Screened at the Musée du Louvre in Julia Kristeva’s “Parti Pris” show, Visions capitales, April 1998-July 1998. Selected for the 6e Biennale Internationale du film sur l’art, Centre Georges Pompidou, December 1998; for the Biennale of films sur l’art, Strasbourg, 1999; “Retour sur images: Films sur l’art,” Musées d’Orsay et du Louvre, June 1999; and “Le Cycle Salomé à       l’Auditorium du Louvre , May 2011. DVD/VHS published by TV5 Angers and the Réunon des musées nationaux.

archive. A 21-minute video about the Choiseul-Praslin murder of 1847 and the archives that make possible our memory of the crime. Written, directed, filmed, and edited by Jann Matlock. Screened Harvard University May 1997; Los Angeles, Society for Architectural History Conference, April 1998; Université-Paris 7-Denis Diderot, October 1998.