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Dr Marisa Linton

Reader in History, Kingston University.

Dr  Marisa  Linton Areas of expertise

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Overview

Marisa Linton is a Reader in History at Kingston University. She has published extensively on the politics and political culture of the French Revolution and eighteenth-century France. Her first book, 'The Politics of Virtue in Enlightenment France' (Palgrave, 2001) examines one of the most significant ideas in eighteenth-century politics. Her latest book, 'Choosing Terror: Virtue, Friendship and Authenticity in the French Revolution' (Oxford University Press, 2013) is a major study of the politics of the Jacobin leaders in the French Revolution and the process that led them to 'choose terror'.

Her other publications include studies of: Robespierre's political ideas; Saint-Just; Jacobin ideology; the politics of Jacobin friendships; women and the politics of virtue; conspiracy in the French Revolution; the politics of kingship; and the intellectual origins of the French Revolution.

She is currently working on a further major study for Oxford University Press of the Jacobins leaders during "The Terror". She is able to comment on a wide range of topics in seventeenth and eighteenth-century French and English history, including the French Revolution, gender and the role of women, political ideas, radical and revolutionary thought, and The Enlightenment.

 

 

Qualifications

Year gained Subject
1993 D.Phil in History, University of Sussex.
1989 MA in History, University of Sussex.
1988 BA in Historical Studies, Middlesex Polytechnic

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2009 - Reader in History, Kingston University.
1998 - 2009 Senior Lecturer in History, Kingston University.
1994 - 1998 Lecturer in History, Kinsgton University.
1993 Lecturer in History, University of Portsmouth.
1992 Temporary lectureship in History, Portsmouth University.
1991 - 93 Part-time lecturing, Birkbeck College, London.
1989 - 1993 Part-time tutorial teaching for Sussex University.

Research

Book:

The Politics of Virtue in Enlightenment France (Palgrave Press, 2001).

Choosing Terror: Virtue, Friendship and Authenticity in the French Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Edited Book:

Conspiracy in the French Revolution (University of Manchester Press, 2007). Co-editor with Professor Thomas Kaiser at the University of Arkansas and Professor Peter Campbell at the University of Versailles.

Articles in Refereed Journals:

 

 'Robespierre et l'authenticité révolutionnaire', Annales Historiques de la Révolution Française, 371 (janvier-mars 2013): 153-73.

 'The Man of Virtue: The Role of Antiquity in the Political Trajectory of L. A. Saint-Just', French History, 24, 3 (2010): pp. 393-419; 14,942 words.

'Fatal Friendships: The Politics of Jacobin Friendship', French Historical Studies, 31, 1 (Winter 2008): pp. 51-76; 12,730 words.

'Virtue Rewarded? Women and the Politics of Virtue in Eighteenth-Century France', part I, History of European Ideas, 26, 1 (2000), pp. 35-49; 8,600 words.

'Virtue Rewarded? Women and the Politics of Virtue in Eighteenth-Century France', part II, History of European Ideas, 26, 1 (2000), pp. 51-65; 8,100 words.

'The Unvirtuous King? Clerical Rhetoric on the French Monarchy, 1760 - 1774', History of European Ideas, 25, 1-2 (1999), pp. 55-74; 11,560 words.

'The Rhetoric of Virtue and the Parlements, 1770-1775', French History, 9, 2 (June 1995), pp. 180-201; 8,000 words.

'Les Femmes et la Commune de Paris de 1871', Revue Historique, CCXCVIII, 1 (July, 1997), pp. 23-46; 9,700 words. ISBN 2 13 048536 7

Chapters in Books:

'The Stuff of Nightmares: Plots, Assassinations, and Duplicity in the Mental World of Jacobin Leaders, 1793-1794' in David Andress (ed.), Experiencing the French Revolution (Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, 2013).

'Friends, Enemies and the Role of the Individual' in Peter McPhee (ed.), Companion to the History of the French Revolution (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), 263-77.

'Do You Believe That We're Conspirators?' Conspiracies Real and Imagined in Jacobin Politics, 1793-94', in Peter R. Campbell, Thomas E. Kaiser and Marisa Linton (eds), Conspiracy in the French Revolution (Manchester University Press, 2007), pp. 127-49.

'The Intellectual Origins of the French Revolution', in Peter Robert Campbell (ed.), The Origins of the French Revolution (Palgrave, 2005), pp. 139-59.

 'The Tartuffes of Patriotism': Fears of Conspiracy in the Political Language of Revolutionary Government, France 1793-94' in Barry Coward and Julian Swann (eds), Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theory in Early Modern Europe: From the Waldensians to the French Revolution (Ashgate, 2004), pp. 235-54. 7,400 words.

'Ideas of the Future in the French Revolution' in Malcolm Crook, William Doyle and Alan Forrest (eds), Enlightenment and Revolution: Essays in Honour of Norman Hampson (Ashgate, 2004), pp. 153-168; 7,200 words.

'Robespierre's Political Principles', in C. Haydon and W. Doyle (eds), Robespierre (Cambridge University Press, 1999), pp. 37-53; 7,500 words.

'Citizenship and Religious Toleration in France', in Ole Peter Grell and Roy Porter (eds), Toleration in Enlightenment Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2000), pp. 157-74; 7,592 words.

 

 

Media Highlights

Dr Linton appeared on a 90 minute BBC2 television programme entitled 'Terror! Robespierre and the French Revolution' which was transmitted in July 2009 with an audience of 1.2 million.

She was also filmed for a French/Chinese television programme on the Enlightenment. This programme is sheduled to be shown in much of Europe (though not UK except BBC World), and the USA.

In addition she appeared on 'Versailles: Palace of Pleasure' which was broadcast on BBC2 in February 2012.

  

 

   

Conference Highlights

Dr Linton is an accomplished conference presenter at both national and international venues. Since 2008 she has given numerous invited papers and conference presentations  both in the UK and overseas.

Professional Body Membership

 Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

 Member of the Society for the Study of French History, UK.

 Member of the Society for French Historical Studies, USA.

 Member of the Société des Études Robespierristes, France.

 

Academic Accolades

Dr Linton was awarded the faculty research prize from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University in 2002 for her book 'The Politics of Virtue in Enlightenment France'.

 

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