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Dr Thibaut Maus de Rolley
208
1-4 Malet Place
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Lecturer
  • SELCS
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Biography

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).

Research Summary

Research interests: 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).

Teaching Summary

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).

Appointments
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
Academic Background
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)
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