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BA (Sorbonne, 1998), ‘Agrégation’ (ENS Lyon, 2000), MA (Paris 8/Sorbonne, 2002), PhD in French and Comparative Literature (Sorbonne, 2009). Former scholar of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (1995-2003).
Before joining UCL in 2012, I taught in Montreal (Université de Montréal, 2001-02) and Paris (Sorbonne, 2003-07) as a postgraduate teaching assistant, and in Oxford as a Besse Senior Scholar (Worcester College, 2007-10) and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages and Oriel College, 2010-12).
Renaissance literature and thought; comparative literature (French,
Italian, Spanish, English); narrative fiction; early modern demonology and
witchcraft; literature and demonology; travel writing; imaginary voyages and alternative worlds; literature and
geography; the early modern imagination of space; history of science.
I currently work on two related fields: (a) the interactions between demonological and geographical knowledge in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a period which is both the 'Age of Discovery' and the 'Age of Demonology'; (b) the study of a series of documents (court records, printed and manuscript confessions, pamphlets, accounts of exorcisms) related to the 'affaire Gaufridy', the Aix-en-Provence case of demonic possession and witchcraft (1609-1611) that led to the conviction and execution of the priest Louis Gaufridy.
My book Elévations (Geneva: Droz, 2011) deals only partly with the devil. It traces an interdisciplinary 'pre-history' of aerial and cosmic voyages in French and European Renaissance literature, from Ariosto's Orlando furioso (1516-32) to Kepler's Somnium (1609-34), at the cross-roads between narrative fiction (epic poetry, chivalric romance, satire) and learned discourses (in particular cosmography, astronomy and demonology).
Courses taught at UCL:
- FREN1102 ('Reading French Texts', Lectures on Marguerite de Navarre);
- FREN2103 ('The Renaissance Period: Love in the Renaissance');
- FREN4114 ('Old Worlds, New Worlds: Humanism and Travel Writing');
- ELCS6055 ('First Contact: European Encounters with the New World');
- ELCS4023 ('Men on the Moon: Cosmic Voyages in the Early Modern Period');
- CLITG003 ('Men on the Moon: Cosmic Voyages in the Early Modern Period', MA Course);
- ARTFGE01 ('Magic, Demonology and Witchcraft in the Early Modern Period', Core Course of the MA in Early Modern Studies).
|01-SEP-2012||Lecturer in French Renaissance Studies||SELCS (French)||UCL, United Kingdom|
|01-OCT-2010 – 31-AUG-2012||British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow||Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages and Oriel College||University of Oxford, United Kingdom|
|01-SEP-2007 – 30-SEP-2010||Besse Senior Scholar||Worcester College||University of Oxford, United Kingdom|
|01-SEP-2006 – 30-OCT-2007||Teaching Fellow (ATER)||Départment de Littérature française et comparée||Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), France|
|01-SEP-2003 – 30-AUG-2006||Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (AMN)||Département de littérature française et comparée||Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), France|
|01-SEP-2001 – 30-AUG-2002||Postgraduate Teaching Assistant||Département d'Etudes françaises||Université de Montréal, Canada|
|2009||PhD||Doctorat – French and European Literature||Universite de la Sorbonne (Paris IV)|
|2002||MA||Master of Arts – French and European Literature||Universite de la Sorbonne (Paris IV)|
|1998||BA||Bachelor of Arts – French and European Literature||Universite de la Sorbonne (Paris IV)|