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Dr Thibaut Maus De Rolley
1-4 Malet Place
  • Associate Professor
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
UCL Principal Supervisor

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 teaching fellow, 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 (especially lunar travel narratives); 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', a French case of demonic possession and witchcraft (Aix-en-Provence, 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);
  • FREN1103 ('Introduction to Medieval and Early Modern French Literature');
  • FREN2103 ('The Renaissance Period: Love in the Renaissance');
  • FREN4114 ('Old Worlds, New Worlds: Humanism and Travel Writing');
  • FREN4217 ('Fiction and the Archives: Rewriting Criminal Stories in Early Modern France');
  • ELCS6055 ('First Contact: European Encounters with the New World');
  • ELCS6105 ('Travel Writing');
  • 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'; 'Utopia and the New World'; 'The Interpretation of Rabelais', Core Course of the MA in Early Modern Studies).

01-OCT-2017 Associate Professor SELCS UCL, United Kingdom
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   Doctorat Universite de la Sorbonne (Paris IV)
2002   Master of Arts Universite de la Sorbonne (Paris IV)
1998   Bachelor of Arts Universite de la Sorbonne (Paris IV)
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