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Dr Scarlett Baron




Email: scarlett.baron@ucl.ac.uk
External phone: 020 7679 7728
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Office: Foster Court 212


Scarlett Baron

Education and Experience

Scarlett Baron took her B.A. (2003), M.St. (2005), and D.Phil. (2008) at Christ Church, Oxford.

She was affiliated to the École Normale Supérieure and the Institut des Textes et Manuscrits Modernes in Paris in 2006, and spent two months as a Scholar of the Zurich James Joyce Foundation in 2007.

She was a Research Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford, from 2008 to 2011.

She joined UCL as a Teaching Fellow in 2011, assuming the role of Lecturer in 2012 and Associate Professor in 2018.

She is a member of the Advisory Board of the James Joyce Quarterly and a Trustee of the International James Joyce Foundation.

Research Interests

Scarlett’s principal research interests are in modernist and postmodernist literature in English and French (usually considered from a comparative perspective), and in the history of critical theory.

Her first book, ‘Strandentwining Cable’: Joyce, Flaubert, and Intertextuality, analyzes Joyce’s intertextual engagement with Flaubert over the entire course of his writing career and argues that these two authors together played a key role in the emergence of intertextual theory.

Scarlett's second book, The Birth of Intertextuality: The Riddle of Creativity, articulates an understanding of the notion founded on its prehistory in texts of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The book traces intertextual theory’s core ideas and emblematic images to their antecedents in the writings of (inter alia) Nietzsche, Darwin, Freud, Saussure, and Bakhtin. 


  1. ‘Strandentwining Cable’: Joyce, Flaubert, and Intertextuality (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).
  2. The Birth of Intertextuality: The Riddle of Creativity (New York: Routledge, 2019).

The Birth of Intertextuality

Strandentwining Cable: Joyce, Flaubert, and Intertextuality

Modernism and Non-Translation


  1. 'Joyce's Art of Mosaic'James Joyce Quarterly, special issue on ‘The Art of James Joyce’, ed. Scarlett Baron, Ronan Crowley, and Dirk Van Hulle, Vol. 57, Nos. 1-2 (Fall 2019-Winter 2020), 21-34.
  2. 'Hoaxville: Reading Perec Reading Joyce'James Joyce Quarterly, vol. 52.2 (Winter 2015 [actual date: April 2017], 369-412.
  3. 'In Pursuit of Fact: Joyce and Flaubert's Documentary Letter-Writing'Genetic Joyce Studies, issue 16 (Spring 2016).
  4. ‘Joyce, Genealogy, Intertextuality’, Dublin James Joyce Journal, no.4 (January 2012).
  5. ‘Invisible Author-Gods: Flaubert, Joyce and Intertextual Theory’, special issue of Dix Neuf, Journal of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes (guest ed. Mary Orr, Anne Green, and Timothy Unwin), vol. 15, no. 1 (2011), 92–103. 
  6. ‘“Will you be as gods”: Joyce Translating Flaubert’, James Joyce Quarterly, vol. 47.4 (Summer 2010), 521-35.
  7. ‘“The place where Bloom is in the restaurant”: French Translations of the “Sandwich” passage of Ulysses, Scientia Traductionis, no. 8 (2010) 127-139.
  8. ‘Flaubert, Joyce – Vision, Photography, Cinema’, Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 54, no. 4 (Winter 2008), 689-714.
  9. ‘Gnomonic Structures: Flaubert’s Trois Contes and Joyce’s Dubliners, Papers on Joyce, no. 13, 2007, 43-60.
  10. Joyce’s “holiday wisdom”: “Gustave Flaubert can rest having made me”’, Genetic Joyce Studies, issue 7 (Spring 2007)
  11. ‘A Short History of the Oxford English Faculty’, December 2006.

Chapters in Books

1. ‘The Forms of Ulysses’, in The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce, ed. John Nash, forthcoming (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022).

2. ‘Wandering Rocks’, in ‘Ulysses’: A Centenary Edition, ed. Catherine Flynn, forthcoming (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022).

3. ‘After The Little Review: Joyce in transition’, in The New Joyce Studies, ed. Catherine Flynn, forthcoming (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021).  

4. ‘“Bloom, nodding, said he perfectly understood”: James Joyce and the Meanings of Translation’, in Modernism and Non-Translation, ed. Jason Harding and John Nash (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019).

5. 'Joyce and the Rhythms of the Alphabet', in New Quotatoes: Joycean Exogenesis in the Digital Age, ed. Ronan Crowley and Dirk Van Hulle, 'European Joyce Studies Series' 24 (Leiden: Brill | Rodopi, 2016), 18-44.

6. ‘Beginnings’, in The Cambridge Companion to ‘Ulysses’, ed. Sean Latham (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), 51-68.

7. ‘Joyce, Darwin, and Literary Evolution’, in Joyce in the Nineteenth Century, ed. John Nash (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

8. ‘Counterfeit Masterpieces: Gide, Joyce, and Intertextual Deception’, in Incredible Modernism: Literature, Trust and Deception, ed. John Attridge and Rod Rosenquist (London: Ashgate, 2013). 

9. ‘Radical Intertextuality: from Bouvard et Pécuchet to Finnegans Wake, in James Joyce and the Nineteenth-Century French Novel, ed. Finn Fordham and Rita Sakr, ‘European Joyce Studies Series’ 19 (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2011), 128-45.

10. Introduction, James Joyce, Dubliners, ed. Hans Walter Gabler (London: Vintage Classics, 2012).

Reviews and Occasional Pieces

BBC Two 

1. 'James Joyce Goes to China', occasional talking head, 23 July 2016.  

BBC Radio 4

1. A Walk of One's Own: Sussex, in conversation with Alexandra Harris, 1 September and 3 December 2015.


1. James Joyce - Big in China, 13 June 2015.

Review 31

  1. 'Dissidence, Compromise and Submission in Higher Education Today', 10 July 2015; republished in Moveable Type, Autumn 2016.

Oxonian Review

  1. ‘Making Visible’ (a review of the Paul Klee exhibition at Tate Modern), issue 23, no 3, 11 November 2013.
  2. Through a Glass, Disney’ (a review of The Perfect American, by Philip Glass), issue 22, no. 5, 24 June 2013.
  3. ‘Argosies of Magic Sails’ (a review of Falling Upwards by Richard Holmes), issue 22, no. 4, 10 June 2013.
  4. ‘Balloons for Ballast’ (a review of Levels of Life by Julian Barnes), issue 22, no. 3, 24 May 2013. 
  5. An Interview with Alan Hollinghurst, issue 19, no. 4, 4 June 2012.
  6. ‘An Interview with David Nicholls’, issue 16, no. 1, May 2011.
  7. ‘Point and Counterpoint’ (a review of The Still Point by Amy Sackville), issue 15, no. 3, February 2011.
  8. ‘Ulysses and Me’ (a review of Ulysses and Us by Declan Kiberd), issue 9, no. 7, June 2009.
  9. ‘On Sex, Politics, Style, and Ping-Pong: An Interview with Adam Thirlwell’, Oxonian Review, issue 8, no. 1, January 2009.
  10. ‘Nothing to be Frightened of: An Interview with Julian Barnes’, issue 7, no. 3, Summer 2008.
  11. ‘Same again from Martin Amis’ (a review House of Meetings by Martin Amis), issue 6, no. 2, Spring 2007.
  12. See more from the Oxonian Review here.

James Joyce Quarterly

  1. 'Interview with Professor Mikio Fuse'James Joyce Quarterly blog, 14 June 2019.
  2. Dermot Bolger, A Dublin Bloom: An Original Free Adaptation of James Joyce's 'Ulysses', and Andy Arnold, A Journey Round James Joyce, as produced and performed in Beijing, April 2016, vol. 51, no. 1, 21, Fall 2013, 210-215.
  3. Ben Hutchinson, Modernism and Style, vol. 50, nos. 1-2, Fall 2012-Winter 2013,     531-4.
  4. Sarah Tribout-Joseph, Proust and Joyce in Dialogue, vol. 46, no. 2, Winter 2009, 386-9. 
  5. Michael O’Sullivan, The Incarnation of Language: Joyce, Proust and a Philosophy of the Flesh, vol. 47, no. 1, Fall 2009, 161-4.

Review of English Studies

  1. Finn Fordham, I do I undo I redo, vol. 61, no. 251, 2010, 654-7. 
  2. Len Platt, Joyce, Race and ‘Finnegans Wake’, vol. 58, no. 236, 2007, 591-3.
  3. John Nash, James Joyce and the Act of Reception, vol. 58, no. 235, 2007, 426-8.


1. 'ALP': Patrick O'Neill, Trilingual Joyce: The ALP Variations, 12 October 2018, p. 30. 

2. 'A Force in Motion': Bradley Stephens, Victor Hugo, 26 June 2019. p. 30.

3. 'Spa-ing Partners': Michel Houellebecq and Gérard Depardieu in Thalasso, dir. Guillaume Nicloux, 12 November 2019, pp. 23-4.

James Joyce Broadsheet

  1. Matthew Bevis, The Art of Eloquence: Byron, Dickens, Tennyson, Joyce, no. 85, February 2010.
  2. Thomas Jackson Rice, Cannibal Joyce, no. 83, June 2009.
  3. Fritz Senn, Ulyssean Close-Ups, no. 82, February 2009.
  4. Tracey Teets Schwarze, James Joyce and the Victorians, no. 76, February 2007.

Other Publications

  1. P. J. Murphy, Beckett’s Dedalus: Dialogical Engagements with Joyce in Beckett’s Fiction, Revue des Lettres Modernes, ‘Série Beckett’ 2, 2011, 203-5.
  2. Brian Cosgrove, James Joyce’s Negations: Irony, Indeterminacy and Nihilism in ‘Ulysses’ and Other Writings, Irish Literary Supplement, January 2009.
  3. Genesis, Issue 28 (‘Cinéma – Manuscrits, Recherche, Invention’), Variants 6, 2007.