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Dr Isabelle Moreau
110 Malet Place, First Floor
French Department
UCL
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Reader in Early Modern Studies
  • SELCS
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Biography

Former scholar of the Ecole Normale Supérieure Fontenay / Saint-Cloud, I taught for several years at university level in France before joining UCL in 2007.

Research Summary

My scholarly work is centred on relations between literary and philosophical discourses in early modern Europe, particularly seventeenth-century France. It focuses on two central issues: the interplay between narrative fictions and philosophical discourse; and the circulation of ideas and their textual transformations. My first book was on the philosophical and rhetorical coherence of libertine discourse. I am now interested in modalities of knowledge acquisition and my second monograph will be centred on 'paresse' (laziness) in Montaigne and Bayle. Another domain - the reception of travellers' accounts - is especially significant for the period I am studying. I am also planning to investigate the interplay between philosophy and its exotic representations - where we shall discover Confucius as the new Socrates and avatars of Spinoza all over Asia.

Research areas:
- Seventeenth and Eighteenth-century literature and thought; Cultural history and history of ideas, with a special interest in libertinism and free-thinking. 

- The Mind-Body Problem in Early Modern Europe. Materialism in thought, literature, medicine and the emerging sciences 1600-1800.

- Knowledge acquisition and the body: Laziness.

- Early modern fiction

- Early Modern Travel narratives and post-colonial theories. Geographical imagination and its social diffusion.

Teaching Summary

 

Appointments
01-FEB-2007 – 31-AUG-2007 Teaching Fellow (ATER) French Department University of Burgundy, Dijon, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2005 – 31-AUG-2006 Teaching Fellow (ATER) French Department University Sophia Antipolis, Nice, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2004 – 31-AUG-2005 Teaching Fellow (ATER) French Department University of Burgundy, Dijon, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2001 – 31-AUG-2004 Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (AMN) French Department University Jean Monnet, Saint Etienne, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2000 – 31-AUG-2001 Postgraduate Teaching Assistant French Department University Jean Monnet, Saint Etienne, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2005 PhD Doctorat – Seventeenth Century French Literature Universite de Saint Etienne
2000 MA Diplôme d'études approfondies – French Literature Universite de Saint Etienne
1998 MAI Maîtrise – French Literature Universite de la Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III)
1997 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – French Literature Universite de la Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III)
1996 Dipl. Diplom – French Literature Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
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