Helen Craske is a DPhil candidate at Merton College, University of Oxford. Her doctoral research project explores ‘complicity’ in fin-de-siècle literature, offering thematic analysis of morality, criminality, and subversion, alongside a wider appreciation of the textual strategies whereby relationships of collusion were constructed between readers, writers, and critics. She is interested in French literature c.1848-1914, especially the fin de siècle, and aims to pay particular critical attention to the intersection between novelistic and periodical cultures. Her other academic interests include: libertinage, the works of Roland Barthes, and Literary Theory.
Winner of the 2017 SDN (Society of Dix-Neuviémistes) Postgraduate Prize, for her essay – given as a paper at the 2017 Annual SDN Conference – entitled ‘The Decadent Ideal of Impenetrability’.