Marc Ricard



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: English
Department: English

Marc is an AHRC funded PhD student investigating accounts of imagined plants or 'cryptobotany' in Victorian literature and culture.

Supervisors: Dr Paul Young (Exeter) and Dr Andrew Mangham (Reading)


Journal Articles / Reviews:

"‘On the Border Territory Between the Animal and Vegetable Kingdoms’: Plant-Animal Hybridity and the Late Victorian Imagination", in Gothic Nature: New Directions in Ecohorror and the Ecogothic (2019).

Review of 'Monsters Under Glass' by Jane Desmarais, Britain and the World (2019).

Review of 'Radical Botany: Plants and Speculative Fiction' by Natania Meeker and Antónia Szabari, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (2020).

Conference Papers [2019]:

"'I Noted in Disgust That They Were Orchids', Queer Flora in H. Rider Haggard’s Allan and the Holy Flower (1915)", at Gothic Nature II Symposium, Roehampton University, 14/09/2019.

Conference Papers [2018]:

"Nonsense Botany: Lear’s Queer Botany and the Disruption of the Natural", at New Work on Edward Lear, University of York, 18/02/2018

"The Roots of All Evil: Criminal Plants in the Victorian Imagination", at Crime Fiction(s): Victorian and Neo-Victorian Narratives of Crime and Punishment, Edinburgh Napier University, 27/04/2018

"The Human Plant: Speculations on the Social Applications of Plant Science 1890-1910", at the INCS International Conference, Roma Tre University, 13/06/2018

"The Past, The Present and The Fuschias: Transcending Time With Victorian Plants", at the Britain and the World [BATW] Conference 2018, University of Exeter, 23/06/2018

"Designed ‘After Nature’: The Politics & Plasticity of Plant-Patterns in the Long Nineteenth Century", at BAVS 2018, University of Exeter, 30/08/2018

"Meat Unto Veg: Speculations on animal and vegetable consumption in the fin de siècle", at 'Protein Pressures and Carnivorous Crises: Human Health, Animal Welfare and the Global Growth of C19th and C21st Meat Markets' Symposium, Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, University of Exeter, 3-4/09/18

Conference Papers [2017]:

"The Flower of Remedies: Late Victorian Patent Medicine in the Context of 'Cryptobotany'" at Interrogating Commodity Cultures | Exploring Global Connections, University College Dublin, 05/05/2017

"Speculating Fictions: Imaginary Botanical Innovations in Late Victorian Economies" at New Directions in the History of Imperial and Global Networks, University of Exeter, 23/06/2017