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Prof Timothy Mathews
Appointment
  • Professor of French and Comparative Criticism
  • SELCS
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Biography

I was appointed Professor of French at UCL in 1994 and in 2007 I became Professor of French and Comparative Criticism, a change which reflected my growing interest in how one area of specialisation relates to others. In research and teaching I try and think not only about what we know but how we know. In my writing I explore what relating to art can tell us about relating to others.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Twentieth and twenty-first century French Literature. Comparative literature and comparative approaches. Translation. French poetry from Baudelaire to the present. Avant-Garde Aesthetics, 1900-1945. Guillaume Apollinaire. Aimé Césaire. Michel Houellebecq. W G Sebald. Cees Noteboom. Orhan Pamuk. Relations of literature and visual art. Max Ernst, Jean Fautrier. Alberto Giacometti. Literary theory, especially issues of the imaginary. Art writing. Creative critical writing. Art, revolt, witness. 

Teaching Summary

I teach on the MAs in Comparative Literature, Translation Studies, Language Culture and History (French).

Current MA courses include To Be Absolutely Modern: Aspects of the Modern European Novel, Poetry and the City

BA courses have included The Legacies of Charles Baudelaire, Avant-Garde Aesthetics, Roland Barthes: Theory as Writing.

I invite conversation with graduate and postdoctoral researchers, and I welcome proposals in all the areas listed in my Research Summary. I am Director of the Creative Critical Writing PhD pathway. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/multidisciplinary-and-intercultural-inquiry/prospective-students/creative-critical-writing-phd



Academic Background
1985 MA Master of Arts University of Oxford
1984 MA Master of Arts – French and German University of Cambridge
1984 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – French Literature University of Cambridge
1972 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – French and German University of Cambridge
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