Dr Veronique Lane

Senior Teaching Associate in French

Research Overview

While completing my PhD on Antonin Artaud and Jean Genet at the Université Paris VII, I lectured on French Critical Thought for the Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Paris (2008-10), after which I have taught French and Comparative Literature as Visiting Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University (2010-11) and have been Postdoctoral Fellow in the Research Institute for the Humanities at Keele University (2012-14).

At Lancaster, I lecture on core module of French modern literature and culture, teach final-year translation seminars (French into English), and convene the research-led module "Modernism and Madness." I also lecture on the MA in Translation Studies and supervise MAs and PhDs. I have served as Director of Undergraduate Studies, convenor of the department’s final-year dissertation module, as well as lead reviewer for the Faculty’s Research Ethics Committee.

I have published several articles and book chapters on Apollinaire, Artaud, Céline and Genet, and am the author of The French Genealogy of The Beat Generation: Burroughs, Ginsberg and Kerouac’s Appropriations of Modern Literature, from Rimbaud to Michaux (Bloomsbury, 2017), which was praised as "an ambitious study sure to be a reference-point for many years to come" (Mairéad Hanrahan, University College London).

Recent publications include an article on Corbière and Ginsberg's poetry in the special issue I guest-edited for L'Esprit Créateur, "French and Beat Literatures: A History of Mutual Appropriation, Reception, and Translation" (vol. 58, no. 4, 2018), and a book chapter on the shaping role of Rimbaud and Genet in William S. Burroughs: Cutting Up The Century (Indiana University Press, 2019).

I am currently editing another special issue, which conceptualises the common but never theorised phenomenon of "Literary Back-Translation" (Translation and Literature, vol. 29, no. 3, 2020), and am preparing my second monograph, which is at the intersection of Comparative Literature, Translation Studies and Medical Humanities, Translation as a Modernist Method in Madness: Artaud, Eliot, H.D., Hölderlin, Nerval, Proust and Woolf (forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press).

Translation as a Modernist Method in Madness: Artaud, Eliot, Hölderlin, Nerval, Proust, and Woolf
Lane, V. expected in 2022 Edinburgh University Press.

Literary Back-Translations
Lane, V. 2020
Special issue

Rimbaud and Genet, Burroughs’ Favourite Mirrors
Lane, V. 1/06/2019 In: William S. Burroughs. Bloomington : Indiana University Press p. 278-297. 20 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Tristan Corbière's Amours Jaunes in Allen Ginsberg's Early Poetry
Lane, V. 6/01/2019 In: L'Esprit Créateur. 58, 4, p. 89-103. 15 p.
Journal article

French and Beat Literature: A History of Mutual Appropriation, Reception and Translation
Lane, V. 1/01/2019
Special issue

Introduction: Materializing "the Eternal French Connexion"
Lane, V. 01/2019 L'Esprit Créateur 14 p.
Featured article

La littérature française aux sources de la Beat Generation
Lane, V. 22/03/2018 In: Beat Generation: l'inservitude volontaire. Paris : Presses du CNRS p. 89-107.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The French Genealogy of The Beat Generation: Burroughs, Ginsberg and Kerouac's Appropriations of Modern Literature, from Rimbaud to Michaux
Lane, V. 09/2017 Bloomsbury. 264 p.

Allen Ginsberg’s Translations of Apollinaire and Genet in the Development of his Poetics of ‘Open Secrecy’
Lane, V. 12/2016 In: CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture. 18, 5, 8 p.
Journal article

Five dictionary entries: "Amérique," "Beat Generation," "Convention du Parti démocrate à Chicago," "Evanouissement," "Vietnam"
Lane, V. 2014 In: Dictionnaire Jean Genet. Honoré Champion
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

The Parting of Burroughs and Kerouac: The French Backstory to The First Beat Novel, from Rimbaud to Poetic Realist Cinema
Lane, V. 09/2013 In: Comparative American Studies. 11, 3, p. 265-279.
Journal article

Jean Genet, toujours en fuite
Lane, V. 04/2012
Special issue

Trois mille ans d’histoire à treize mille mètres d’altitude. On Jean Genet, La Sentence (Paris: Gallimard, 2010).
Lane, V. 04/2012 Spirale
Book/Film/Article review

Antonin Artaud et Louis-Ferdinand Céline: "les choses" à leur paroxysme
Lane, V. 07/2011 In: Pensées du corps. Paris : Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle p. 251-269.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Jean Genet s’évanouit pour supporter ce monde
Lane, V. 2009 In: Participer au monde. Paris : Presses Universitaires Paris Diderot p. 37-50.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

L’Immonde frémissement du Nombre: Jean Genet à corps perdu
Lane, V. 05/2007 In: Un certain genre malgré tout. Montreal : Nota Bene p. 175-188.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

L’exposition Antonin Artaud, ou qui fait quoi? On the exhibition Antonin Artaud (Paris, BnF, 2006-2007).
Lane, V. 05/2007 Acta Fabula
Book/Film/Article review