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- Reader in Early Modern Studies
- Faculty of Arts & Humanities
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.
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 one domain - the reception of travellers' accounts - is especially significant for the period I am studying. My second monograph will thus 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. I also work on issues of fiction, rhetoric and make-believe in relation to intellectual history and science. I am currently co-editing with J. Glomski (KCL) a collective volume on 'Seventeenth-Century Fiction: Text and Transmission', to be published by OUP, and there will be a seminar series this Autumn at the Warburg Institute. - Early Modern Travel narratives and post-colonial theories. Geographical imagination and its social diffusion.
- 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.
- Early Modern Travel narratives and post-colonial theories. Geographical imagination and its social diffusion.
|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||Teaching Assistant||French Department||University Jean Monnet, Saint Etienne, United Kingdom|
|2005||PhD||Doctorat||Universite de Saint Etienne|
|2000||MA||Diplôme d'études approfondies||Universite de Saint Etienne|
|1998||MAI||Maîtrise||Universite de la Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III)|
|1997||BA Hons||Bachelor of Arts (Honours)||Universite de la Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III)|
|1996||Dipl.||Diplom||Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon|