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Dr Barbara Stone

Senior Lecturer French Programme

Office Arts 3C13
Tel +64 3 479 8702

Barbara graduated from the University of Otago (LLB (Hons) in 1992 and BA (Hons) in French in 1993) and was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue postgraduate study at the University of Edinburgh. In 2000 she completed her PhD on a topic which reflected her interdisiplinary background Justice in "Les Rougon-Macquart", an analysis of the operation of the legal system in Emile Zola's twenty-volume cycle of novels. Barbara has since published articles on aspects of the law in Zola's work as well as the presentation of education in his novels.

Research Interests

Barbara M. Stone's current research interests include the detective fiction of Georges Simenon, the representation of the legal system in the nineteenth-century French novel and the presence of Émile Zola in New Zealand. She has also published more generally on Émile Zola and may be prepared to supervise dissertations on the adaptation for the screen of francophone literary works.

  • Les Rougon-Macquart (Zola)
  • Zola and the law, Zola and education
  • Detective fiction
  • Law and literature


Stone, B. M. (2022). Francophobia in the Antipodes: France's grab for the New Hebrides and the Dreyfus Affair in New Zealand newspapers. Journal of New Zealand Studies, 34, 19-35. doi: 10.26686/jnzs.iNS34.7667 Journal - Research Article

Stone, B. M. (2021). Confronting the Zola conundrum: New Zealand newspapers respond to the death of Émile Zola. Excavatio, 32, 8. Retrieved from Journal - Research Article

Stone, B. M. (2021). Émile Zola gets New Zealand booksellers into trouble. Bulletin of the Émile Zola Society, 63, 11-17. Journal - Research Article

Stone, B. M. (2018). Serving up clues to Maigret: Food in the crime fiction of Georges Simenon. In J. Andersen, C. Miranda & B. Pezzotti (Eds.), Blood on the table: Essays on food in international crime fiction. (pp. 137-149). Jefferson, NC: McFarland. Chapter in Book - Research

Stone, B. M. (2016). Tránsito y transición: Zola, Galdós y la Ley. In R. Guedea (Ed.), Países en tránsito: Estudios de literatura comparada. (pp. 25-42). Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang. Chapter in Book - Research

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