Dr Sophie Marnette's research offers a linguistic and philological approach of literary issues such as the origins and evolution of medieval literary genres, the expression of narrative voice and point of view, the relationship between history and fiction, etc. Her first book Narrateur et points de vue dans la littérature française médiévale : Une approche linguistique (Peter Lang, 1998) focuses on storytelling in the French Middle Ages and her second book Speech and Thought in French: Concepts and Strategies (John Benjamins, 2005) studies reported speech and thought in medieval literary texts as well as in contemporary oral narratives, press and literature. Her current research project undertakes a fresh interdisciplinary approach (i.e. linguistic, narratological and literary) that takes reported discourse as a meaningful criterion to examine how female characters' discourse is framed and how it is expressed in medieval French narratives.
Dr Sophie Marnette is a member of the Oxford Medieval Studies Steering Committee.
Professional activities/forthcoming events
• Co-editor of Journal of French Studies
• Co-director of the interdisciplinary research network: ‘Voices in Medieval French Narrative (12th C. to 15th C.)’, funded by the British Academy