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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Eleanor Stefiuk

College: Peterhouse            


Supervisor: Dr Claire White

Research Topic: Anarchism(s) and the Short Story in Fin-de-Siècle France, 1871-1901



Eleanor is a third-year Ph.D. candidate at Peterhouse. She came to Cambridge in 2017 for the MPhil in European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures. She obtained her B.A. in Modern Languages and Cultures (French and Italian) from University of Durham in 2016.



Eleanor’s Ph.D. research explores the seemingly privileged relationship between the short story and anarchism in France at the end of the nineteenth century. She investigates this topic through the short fiction of non-canonical authors Villiers de L’Isle-Adam and Octave Mirbeau, as well as the little-explored literary works of anarchist activists Louise Michel and Jean Grave. Although literary in focus, Eleanor’s research also engages with aspects of intellectual history and anarchist print culture (pamphlets and newspapers).



Society of Dix-Neuviémistes Postgraduate Prize, March 2021

Jebb Fund Studentship, October 2019 – present (Ph.D. funding)

Newton College Masters Fund, October 2017-2018 (M.Phil. funding)



Eleanor has supervised and lectured on the Part IB paper ‘FR5: Revolutions in Writing, 1700-1900’.        


Conference papers

“Anarchism(s) and the Short Story in Fin-de-Siècle France, 1871-1901: The Curious Case of Villiers de L’Isle-Adam”. Cambridge Nineteenth-Century French Seminar. Cambridge (Online). 17th May 2021.

“The Anarchism of Villiers de L’Isle-Adam: A Legacy of the Paris Commune”. 19th Annual Conference of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes (‘Heritages and Counter-Cultures’). St. Andrews (Online). 24th March 2021.

“Anarchism in Fin-de-Siècle France: The Curious Case of Villiers de L’Isle-Adam”. Cambridge French Graduate Research Seminar. Cambridge (Online). 25th February 2021.



‘Villiers de L’Isle-Adam’s Anarchism: A Legacy of the Paris Commune’, forthcoming in Dix-Neuf


Other activities and roles:

Co-convenor of the French Graduate Research Seminar, University of Cambridge, 2021-22

MCR Welfare Officer, Peterhouse, 2019-2020