Professor Martyn Lyons

Emeritus Professor of History & European Studies
BA DPhil Oxford FAHA
School of Humanities & Languages

Contact

Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Historical Studies, Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History), European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman)
Tags: Understanding Australia's Past, Understanding Europe's Past, Understanding Past Societies

Research

I was born in London, took my D.Phil. at Oxford University and have been at UNSW since 1977. I am a former head of the history school, and was the Faculty’s Associate Dean for Research and Postgraduate Affairs from 2002-7. I am currently Professor of History and European Studies in the School of Humanities. My main research interests are in two distinct fields: French revolutionary and Napoleonic history and the history of books, reading and writing in Europe and Australia. I have produced sixteen books, including 'A History of Reading and Writing in the Western World' (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010), and more recently 'The Writing Culture of ordinary people in Europe, c. 1860-1920' (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

I am currently working on an ARC-funded project to investigate the writing practices of uneducated and semi-literate peasants in France, Spain and Italy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

I have held visiting positions at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, the University of Alcalá de Henares and the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Niteroi, Brazil. In 1997, I was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy for the Humanities. In 2003, I was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to the Humanities in the study of History. In 2008-20, I was President of the Australian Historical Association. In 2008, I was Campagnia di San Paolo- Bogliasco Foundation Fellow at the Liguria Study Centre in Genoa, and in 2010 I was a Camargo Foundation Fellow in Cassis, France.

Publications

    Books

    • Lyons M, 2016, La Cultura escrita de la gente comun en Europa, c. 1860-1920, Scripta Manent, Ampersand, Buenos Aires
    • Lyons M, 2011, Books - A Living History, Original, Thames and Hudson, London, http://www.tandhhighlights.co.uk/9780500251652.html
    • Lyons M, 2010, A History of Reading and Writing in the Western World, hb, Palgrave-Macmillan UK, Basingstoke UK
    • Lyons M, 2009, The writing culture of ordinary people in Europe, c. 1860–1920, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139093538
    • Lyons M, 2008, Reading culture and writing practices in nineteenth-century France
    • Lyons M, (ed.), 2007, Ordinary Writings, Personal Narratives: Writing Practices in 19th and early 20th-century Europe, Original, Peter Lang, Switzerland
    • Lyons M, 2006, Post-Revolutionary Europe, 1815-1856, 1, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndsmills, Basingstoke UK
    • Lyons M; Russell P, (eds.), 2005, Australia`s History: themes and debates, 1, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney
    • Lyons M, 2001, Readers and society in nineteenth-century France: workers, women, peasants, Original, Palgrave, Houndsmills, UK
    • Lyons M; Arnold J, (eds.), 2001, A history of the book in Australia, 1891-1945: a national culture in a colonised market, 1st, Queensland University Press, St Lucia, Queensland
    • Lyons M;Leahy C, 1999, A Palavra impressa: historias da leitura no seculo XIX, Original, Casa da Palavra, Rio de Janeiro
    • Aldrich R; Lyons M, (eds.), 1999, The Sphinx in the Tuileries and other essays in French History, Original, University of Sydney, Sydney
    • Lyons M, 1994, Napoleon Bonaparte and the Legacy of the French Revolution, Palgrave-Macmillan, Basingstoke UK
    • Lyons M;Taksa L, 1992, Australian Readers Remember: an oral history of reading, 1890-1930, Oxford University Press, Melbourne
    • Lyons M, 1987, Le Triomphe du Livre: une histoire sociologique de la lecture dans la France du XIXe siecle, Promodis, Paris
    • Lyons M, 1986, The Totem and the Tricolour: A short history of New Caledonia since 1774, UNSW Press, Sydney
    • Lyons M, 1980, Revolution et Terreur a Toulouse, Le Midi et son histoire, Privat, Toulouse
    • Lyons M, 1975, France under the Directory, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK

    Book Chapters

    • Lyons M, 2017, 'The Future of the History of Writing', in Lyons M; Marquilhas R (ed.), Approaches to the History of Written Culture: A World Inscribed, edn. Palgrave New Directions in Book History, Palgrave-Macmillan, Basingstoke UK, pp. 225 - 238, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-54136-5
    • Lyons M;Marquilhas R, 2017, 'A World Inscribed - Introduction', in Lyons M (ed.), Approaches to the History of Written Culture: A World Inscribed, edn. Palgrave New Directions in Book History, Palgrave-Macmillan, Basingstoke UK, pp. 1 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-54136-5
    • Lyons M, 2014, 'Amor, muerte y escritura en el frente italiano, 1915-1918', in Castillo Gomez, A; Sierra Blas, V (ed.), Cinco Siglos de Cartas. Historia y practicas epistolares en las epocas moderna y contemporanea, Universidad de Huelva, Huelva, pp. 291 - 309, http://www.siece.es/siece/publicaciones/publicaciones_29.html
    • Lyons M, 2013, 'A New History from Below? The Writing Culture of European Peasants, c.1850 - c.1920', in Kuismin A; Driscoll MJ (ed.), White field, black seeds: Nordic literary practices in the long nineteenth century, edn. Original, Finnish Literature Society, Studia Fennica Litteraria, Helsinki, pp. 13 - 25, https://kirjat.finlit.fi/index.php?showitem=2682
    • Lyons M, 2008, 'L`histoire culturelle en Australie', in L`histoire culturelle: un `tournant mondial` dans l`historiographie?, edn. Original, Editions Universitaires de Dijon, Dijon, pp. 79 - 92
    • Lyons M, 2008, 'L`essor de la librairie', in Histoire de la Librairie Francaise, edn. Original, Cercle de la Librairie, Paris, pp. 27 - 39
    • Lyons M, 2007, '`Ordinary Writings` or How the `Illiterate` Speak to Historians', in Ordinary Writings, Personal Narratives: Writing Practices in 19th and early 20th-century Europe, edn. Original, Peter Lang, Switzerland, pp. 13 - 32
    • Lyons M, 2002, 'Los soldados franceses y su correspondencia. Hacia una historia de las practicas de la cultura escrita en la primera guerra mundial', in Gomez AC (ed.), La conquista del alfabeto: Escritura y clases populares, edn. Original, Ediciones Trea, Spain, pp. 225 - 245
    • Bremer A;Lyons M, 2001, 'Mechanics` institute libraries - the readers demand fiction', in Lyons M; Arnold J (ed.), A history of the book in Australia, 1891-1945: a national culture in a colonised market, edn. 1st, Queensland University Press, St Lucia, Queensland, pp. 209 - 225
    • Lyons M, 2001, 'The book trade and the Australian reader in 1945', in Lyons M; Arnold J (ed.), A history of the book in Australia, 1891-1945: a national culture in a colonised market, edn. 1st, Queensland University Press, St Lucia, Queensland, pp. 401 - 407
    • Lyons M, 2001, 'Literary anniversaries: commemorating Shakespeare and others, 1900-1940', in Lyons M; Arnold J (ed.), A history of the book in Australia, 1891-1945: a national culture in a colonised market, edn. 1st, Queensland University Press, St Lucia, Queensland, pp. 389 - 400
    • Lyons M, 2001, 'Reading models and reading communities', in Lyons M; Arnold J (ed.), A history of the book in Australia, 1891-1945: a national culture in a colonised market, edn. 1st, Queensland University Press, St Lucia, Queensland, pp. 370 - 383
    • Lyons M, 2001, 'Reading practices in Australia', in Lyons M; Arnold J (ed.), A history of the book in Australia, 1891-1945: a national culture in a colonised market, edn. 1st, Queensland University Press, St Lucia, Queensland, pp. 335 - 354
    • Lyons M, 2001, 'The library in the workplace: the New South Wales Railway Institute library', in Lyons M; Arnold J (ed.), A history of the book in Australia, 1891-1945: a national culture in a colonised market, edn. 1st, Queensland University Press, St Lucia, Queensland, pp. 176 - 189
    • Lyons M, 2001, 'Britain`s largest export market', in Lyons M; Arnold J (ed.), A history of the book in Australia, 1891-1945: a national culture in a colonised market, edn. 1st, Queensland University Press, St Lucia, Queensland, pp. 19 - 26
    • Lyons M, 1999, 'Reading practices, writing practices: love letters and écritures intimes in 19th century France and Australia', in The culture of the book: essays from two hemispheres in honour of Wallace Kirsop, edn. Original, Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zeala, Melbourne, pp. 356 - 365
    • Lyons M, 1999, 'New readers in the 19th century: women, children, workers', in A history of reading in the west, edn. Original, Polity Press, Oxford, pp. 313 - 344
    • Lyons M, 1998, 'Librairies et bibliotheques au XIXe siecle`', in Ouvriers en banlieue, XIXe-XXe siecle, edn. Original, Editions de l'Atelier, Paris, pp. 390 - 407
    • Lyons M, 1997, 'Les Nouveaux Lecteurs au 19e Siecle: Femmes, Enfants, Ouvriers', in Histoire de la Lecture dans le monde occidental, edn. Original, Seuil, Paris, France, pp. 365 - 400
    • Lyons M, 1991, 'Regionalism and Linguistic Conformity in the French Revolution', in Forrest A; Jones P (ed.), Reshaping France: town, country and region during the French Revolution, Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 178 - 192
    • Lyons M, 1985, 'Les contrefacons belges', in Chartier R; Martin HJ (ed.), Histoire de l'Edition francaise, tome 3: Le Temps des Editeurs, Promodis, Paris, pp. 272 - 273
    • Lyons M, 1985, 'Les bestsellers du 19e siecle', in Chartier R; Martin HJ (ed.), Histoire de l'Edition francaise, tome 3: Le Temps des Editeurs, Promodis, Paris, pp. 369 - 397
    • Lyons M, 1983, 'Cobb and the Historians', in Lucas C; Lewis G (ed.), Beyond the Terror: essays in French regional and social history, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK, pp. 1 - 20

    Journal articles

    • Lyons M, 2017, 'Jean-Yves Mollier and the legacy of Lucien Febvre in the history of nineteenth-century French publishing', Lingua Franca: A History of the Book in Translation, vol. 2017, http://www.sharpweb.org/linguafranca/issue-3-2017
    • Lyons M, 2017, 'Do Peasants Write Egodocuments? The 'ordinary exception' of Luigi Daldosso in the First World War', Quaerendo, vol. 47, pp. 38 - 60, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570069012341370
    • Lyons M, 2016, 'National Histories of the Book in a Transnational Age', Memoires du Livre / Studies in Book Culture, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.7202/1036855ar
    • Lyons M, 2015, 'Writing Upwards: How the Weak Wrote to the Powerful', JOURNAL OF SOCIAL HISTORY, vol. 49, pp. 317 - 330, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jsh/shv038
    • Lyons M, 2015, 'The Death of Cannelle and the Re-invention of the Pyrenees', French History and Civilisation: Papers from the George Rude Seminar, vol. 6 (2014 Seminar), pp. 279 - 291, http://www.h-france.net/rude/rudepapers.html
    • Lyons M, 2014, 'Reading and Writing Communities in the Trenches, 1914-1918 (France and Italy)', Australian Literary Studies, vol. 29, pp. 41 - 58
    • Lyons M, 2014, 'QWERTYUIOP: How the typewriter influenced writing practices', Quaerendo, vol. 44, pp. 219 - 240, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/15700690-12341304
    • Lyons M, 2014, '‘Questo cor che tuo si rese’: the private and the public in Italian women's love letters in the long nineteenth century', Modern Italy, vol. 19, pp. 355 - 368, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13532944.2014.939162
    • Lyons M, 2014, 'The power of the scribe: Delegated Writing in modern Europe', European History Quarterly, vol. 44, pp. 244 - 262, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0265691414526342
    • Lyons M, 2013, 'Celestial letters: Morals and magic in nineteenth-century France', French History, vol. 27, pp. 496 - 514, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fh/crt047
    • Lyons M;Mollier J-Y, 2012, 'L'histoire du livre dans une perspective transnationale', Histoire et civilisation du livre - revue internationale, vol. 8, pp. 9 - 20, http://www.droz.org/en/livre/?GCOI=26001100518360
    • Lyons M, 2012, 'New Directions in the History of Written Culture', Culture and History Digital Journal, vol. 1, pp. 1 - 9, http://dx.doi.org/chdj.2012.007
    • Lyons M, 2010, '‘A New History from Below ? The Writing Culture of Ordinary People in Europe’', History Australia, vol. 7, pp. 60.1 - 60.9, http://dx.doi.org/10.2104/ha100059
    • Lyons M, 2005, 'La experiencia lectora y escritora de las mujeres trabajadoras en la Europa del siglo XIX', Cultura Escrita y Sociedad, vol. 1, pp. 158 - 176
    • Lyons M, 2003, 'French soldiers and their correspondence: towards a history of writing practices in the First World War', French History, vol. 17, pp. 79 - 95
    • Lyons M, 2001, 'La culture litteraire des travailleurs', Annales - Histoire Sciences Sociales, pp. 927 - 946
    • Lyons M, 2000, 'Pour une histoire orale de la lecture: pratiques de lecture en Australie, 1890-1930', Geneses, pp. 108 - 124
    • Lyons M, 2000, 'Napoleon and the revolutionary potential of Bonapartism', Modern and Contemporary France, pp. 507 - 510
    • Lyons M, 1999, 'Love letters and writing practices: On Ecritures intimes in the nineteenth century', JOURNAL OF FAMILY HISTORY, vol. 24, pp. 232 - 239, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000079037100006&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    • Lyons M, 1999, 'The history of reading from Gutenberg to Gates', European Legacy, pp. 50 - 57
    • Lyons M, 1998, 'Praticas de leiture, praticas de escritura: cartas de amor et escritas intimas: Franca e Australia, seculo XIX', Locus: revista de historia, pp. 55 - 68
    • Lyons M, 1998, 'Fogos de expiacao: queimas de livros e politicas culturais na Franca no inicio do seculo XIX', Leitura: teoria e pratica, vol. 17, pp. 65 - 71
    • Lyons M, 1997, 'What did the peasants read? Written and printed culture in rural France, 1815-1914', European History Quarterly, vol. 27, pp. 165 - 197, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/026569149702700201
    • Lyons M, 1997, 'Bush Readers, Factory Readers, Theme Readers: Expanding the Australian Reading Public, c.1890-1930', Publishing Studies, pp. 17 - 23
    • Lyons M, 1997, 'The History of Reading and Reading Communities', Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand Bulletin, vol. 21, pp. 5 - 15
    • Lyons M, 1996, 'Fires of expiation: Book-burnings and catholic missions in restoration france', French History, vol. 10, pp. 240 - 266
    • Lyons M, 1996, 'The end of the annales? Some thoughts on the so called Death of the French Historical School', European Legacy, vol. 1, pp. 8 - 13
    • Lyons M, 1995, 'Working-class autobiographers in nineteenth-century Europe: Some Franco-British comparisons', History of European Ideas, vol. 20, pp. 235 - 241, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0191-6599(95)92947-S
    • Lyons M, 1994, 'La remise en cause d'une histoire nationaliste de l'Australie', Le Mouvement Social, pp. 7 - 15
    • Lyons M, 1993, 'Towards a national literary culture in France: Homogeneity and the 19th century reading public', History of European Ideas, vol. 16, pp. 247 - 252, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0191-6599(05)80125-1
    • Lyons M;Taksa L, 1992, ': impressions of the Australian woman reader, 1890-1933', Australian Cultural History, pp. 39 - 50
    • Lyons M, 1992, 'Books, Texts and Readers: which kind of cultural history?', Australian Cultural History, pp. 1 - 15
    • Lyons M, 1991, 'The Autodidacts and their Literary Culture: working-class autobiographers in 19th-century France', Australian Journal of French Studies, vol. 28, pp. 264 - 273
    • Lyons M, 1986, 'Oral culture and rural community in 19th-century France: the ', Australian Journal of French Studies, vol. 23, pp. 102 - 114
    • Lyons M, 1984, 'The Audience for Romanticism: Walter Scott in France, 1815-1851', European History Quarterly, vol. 14, pp. 21 - 46
    • Lyons M, 1981, 'Politics and Patois: the linguistic policy of the French Revolution', Australian Journal of French Studies, vol. 18, pp. 264 - 281
    • Lyons M, 1981, 'Recent Interpretations of the French Directory', Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 27, pp. 40 - 47
    • Lyons M, 1977, 'M-G-A Vadier: the formation of the Jacobin mentality', French Historical Studies, vol. 10, pp. 74 - 100
    • Lyons M, 1977, 'The Jacobin Elite of Toulouse', European Studies Review, vol. 7, pp. 259 - 284
    • Lyons M, 1975, 'The 9 Thermidor: motives and effects', European Studies Review, vol. 5, pp. 123 - 146

    Conference Papers

    • Lyons M, 2011, 'French Soldiers' Correspondence in the First World War and the Question of National Identity from Below', in Escritos das Mobilidades, Centro de Estudos de Historia do Atlantico, Funchal, pp. 607 - 621, presented at Escritos das mobilidades, Funchal, 01 - 08 June 2011, https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5ynhm78gpsp3zir/-WbnXwVDAN/2011_mobilidades_lyons.pdf
    • Lyons M, 2009, 'How and why did Workers Write and Publish their Autobiographies in 19thc Europe?', in Proceedings of the 11th ISSEI Conference, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, presented at International Society for the Study of european Ideas, Helsinki, 01 January 2008
    • Lyons M, 2003, 'French soldiers and their correspondence: Towards a history of writing practices in the first world war', in French History, pp. 79 - 95
    • Lyons M, 1999, 'Napoleon Bonaparte and the legacy of the French revolution', in Douglas VS (ed.), Atti del congresso internazionale Napoleonico, Atti del congresso internazionale Napoleonico, Alessandria, pp. 1045 - 1068, presented at Atti del congresso internazionale Napoleonico, Alessandria, 21 - 26 June 1997
    • Lyons M, 1998, 'The reading experience of working-class women in 19th century Europe', in Brinkhuis F; Talmor S (eds.), 5th conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, 5th conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, Utrecht, Netherlands, presented at 5th conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, Utrecht, Netherlands, 19 - 24 August 1998

    Edited Books

Teaching


Research Students supervised successfully to completion, either as main or joint supervisor:

S.J.Blair PhD, Newspapers and their Readers in early Eastern Australia (1990)

N.Doumanis PhD, Italian Fascist Occupation of the Dodecanese Islands: an oral history (1994)

M.Voykovic PhD, The Culture of Thriller Fiction in Britain, 1898-1945 : authors, publishers and the 1st World War (1996)

G.Daly PhD, Napoleonic Rouen: Society, the State & the Prefectoral Administration in the Seine-Inférieure, 1800-1815 (1998)

F.Alafaci MA, Catholic Antisemitism in France during the 3rd Republic (2000)

D.Luscombe PhD, Inscribing the Social Role of the Architect: Frontispieces to 16th-century Italian Architectural Treatises, 1485-1585 (2004)

J.Burgess PhD, The Origins of the Banlieue Rouge: Politics, Local Government and Communal Identity in Arcueil and Cachan, 1919-1958 (2005)

M.Zarimis PhD, The Influence of Darwinism in Modern Greek Literature: the case of Grigoris Xenopoulos (2007)

M.Stephens PhD, The History of the Australian Museum Library (2013)

A.Lander PhD, The History of Zionist Youth Movements in Australia (2013)

 

Research Students currently supervised either as main or joint supervisor:

E.Meadows PhD, Horrors and Magnificence: British Travellers to Calabria, 19thc-20thc


 

Honours and prizes

Fayolle Prize (Academie des Jeux Floraux, Toulouse), 1980

FASS Dean's Award for Best Monograph, 2013

Professional contribution

I have held research fellowships and visiting positions in Cambridge (UK), Paris, Niteroi (Brazil), Bogliasco (Italy), Alcala de Henares (Spain) and Cassis (France).

 

Affiliations and membership

Immediate Past President, Australian Historical Association;
Fellow. Australian Academy of the Humanities

Board of Directors, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing

Other information

I am a fellow of the Australian Academy for the Humanities, and in 2003 I was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to the humanities in the field of history. I was President of the Australian Historical Association from 2008-2010. I serve on the editorial boards of several history and social science journals, namely Genèses (France), Book History (USA), History Australia, European Legacy (Israel) and Memoires du livre (Canada).