Dr Caroline ArdreyDr Caroline Ardrey

Research Associate

Telephone: (0114) 222 2867

email: c.ardrey@sheffield.ac.uk


BA, MSt., DPhil (Oxon)


I completed my DPhil at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford in 2014, entitled ‘Stéphane Mallarmé: Mode de création / création de mode. Fashion, process, and La Dernière Mode’. I subsequently trained as a secondary school teacher of English Literature, qualifying with a PGCE from the University of Exeter and teaching at a school on the south coast. I returned to academia in 2015, taking up the post of Research Associate on the AHRC-funded project the Baudelaire Song Project, for which I develop the interdisciplinary dataset and song analysis techniques for the full corpus of song settings (classical and popular) of Baudelaire’s 200+ poems (both verse and prose).

Research Interests

  • Nineteenth-century French poetry and its intersections with other art forms and disciplines, especially fashion and music
  • Digital humanities, particularly word/music analysis techniques, including working with Sonic Visualiser

Current and Recent Research Projects

  • RA for The Baudelaire Song Project (AHRC funded 2015-2019), researching all the song settings of Baudelaire with PI Dr Helen Abbott (University of Sheffield), CoI Dr Mylène Dubiau (Toulouse II-Jean Jaurès) and HRI Digital (University of Sheffield). See baudelairesong.org, @BaudelaireProj for project updates, and project infographic for more info.
  • Mallarmé and La Dernière mode: working up my thesis for publication as a monograph, and related articles including on word/music intersections and artists’ collaborations in the context of late nineteenth-century French women’s magazines.


I have taught French language at all levels, with a particular specialism in translation. I have also led tutorials on a wide range of nineteenth-century French prose fiction and poetry texts, including Balzac, Flaubert, Baudelaire, and Mallarmé.