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- Reader in Early Modern Studies
- Faculty of Arts & Humanities
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. - Early Modern Travel narratives and post-colonial theories.
- Seventeenth-century literature and thought; Cultural history and history of ideas, with a special interest in libertinism and free-thinking.
- The status of fiction in philosophy and literature in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. Issues of fiction, rhetoric and make-believe in relation to intellectual history and science.
- Eighteenth century literature and thought; Diderot, the Encyclopedie, clandestine and libertine writing. 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.
I am internationally active and committed to research-led teaching both in France and England.
Since my arrival at UCL, I have given invited lectures in France and Canada, and research seminar papers in Cambridge, Oxford and London; I have also given numerous papers at international conferences in France, England, Ireland, the US. I have organized an international conference in France in 2008; co-organized an international two-day conference in Oxford, in May 2012; and I am currently co-piloting two workshops and the setting up of a website to publicize a project on 17thCentury narrative fictions, founded by the British Academy. I have produced a strong and growing list of book- and article-length publications in early modern studies, with a special emphasis on history of ideas.
At UCL, I have designed and taught a wide range of courses across the undergraduate and MA curriculum. In order to initiate and maintain recruitment to courses on the Early Modern period, I have designed several new seminars, from first- to final-year, which appeal to areas of student interest. With colleagues, I worked to revise FREN1102 (introduction to literature) and now teach three of its keystone lectures. In my capacity of convenor of the course, I have introduced new teaching methodologies to the department by means of a collaborative work with UCL special collections. I have designed and taught a new 4th year course on the figure of the libertine, and two new interdisciplinary MA courses for the French department.
Apart from my specialist area, I currently contribute to the MA Comparative Literature with two courses, on Postcolonial theory (Modern Literary Theory) and on Early Modern Travel narratives (Comparative Literary Studies); I also contribute to the core course of the newly launched MA in Early Modern Studies.
|01-FEB-2007 – 31-AUG-2007||Temporary Lecturer||French Department||University of Burgundy, Dijon|
|01-SEP-2005 – 31-AUG-2006||Temporary Lecturer||French Department||University Sophia Antipolis, Nice|
|01-SEP-2004 – 31-AUG-2005||Temporary Lecturer||French Department||University of Burgundy, Dijon|
|01-SEP-2001 – 31-AUG-2004||Temporary lecturer||French Department||University Jean Monnet, Saint Etienne|
|01-SEP-2000 – 31-AUG-2001||Assistant Lecturer||French Department||University Jean Monnet, Saint Etienne|
|2005||PhD||Doctorat||Universite de Saint Etienne|
|2000||DEA||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|