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Dr Jane Gilbert
158, first floor, Malet Place 1-4
Department of French
UCL, Gower St
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

My undergraduate degree was in English and French at King's College, Cambridge, after which I worked in the bookshop at the Tate Gallery and studied medieval Art History at the Courtauld Institute before returning to Cambridge to do my PhD on doubles and doubling in medieval French and English narratives. After a Junior Research Fellowship at Murray Edwards College (then New Hall), I came to UCL in 1997.

Research Summary

I research on medieval French and English literature, both separately and comparatively. I am always particularly interested in relations between medieval literature and modern critical theory (especially but not exclusively francophone).

Within critical theory, I have long-standing interests in the following: Narcissus, mirrors, doubles and the uncanny; living death; the other within; Antigone; Lacanian psychoanalysis.

Within medieval literature, I was a co-investigator on the AHRC-funded project, Medieval Francophone Literature Outside France, www.medievalfrancohone.ac.uk. I am interested especially in links between northern France and the Low Countries, and also in further connections with England, the Rhineland, Savoy, Italy, Outremer and Byzantium. The themes that attract me are especially translatio and metamorphosis, legendary histories and their relation to fiction, ways of thinking about community, and prophecy.

Teaching Summary

At undergraduate level, I teach specialist courses on medieval French literature (FREN2102, FREN4115, the latter also available as an MA option, FRENG115) and comparative literature (ELCS4004, also available as an MA option ELCSG004). My current courses focus on the reception and translatio of classical material in the Middle Ages, especially metamorphosis and legendary histories. All my teaching is inspired by strange, disturbing encounters between medieval literature and modern critical theory, and by what this can allow us to discover about our own practices as well as about those of people centuries ago.

At MA level, I teach medieval French literature and culture in various courses on various programmes, and also teach comparative literature both medieval and not, and critical theory.

Academic Background
1993 PhD Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge
1989 P.Grad Dip Postgraduate Diploma – History of Art Courtauld Institute of Art, London
1987 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos University of Cambridge
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