The Society for Early Modern French Studies currently comprises roughly ninety academics based in the UK, as well as North America and continental Europe. Our members represent a range of disciplines and historical periods, as well as the full spectrum of academic career stages. Here you will find a directory of some of our members, their institutions, and key research interests.
Dr Joanna Barker (University of Durham): Early modern women’s writing; education; translation.
Dr Timothy Chesters (University of Cambridge): Sixteenth-century literature and thought; cognitive approaches to literature; representations of thinking; Renaissance poetics; demonology.
Dr Emma Gilby (University of Cambridge): Seventeenth-century philosophy (especially Descartes); early modern receptions of classical rhetoric and poetics; the history of critical practice.
Dr Jessica Goodman (University of Oxford): Eighteenth-century literature; posterity; glory; authorial self-fashioning; theatre; Franco-Italian exchange; sociological approaches to literature.
Professor Paul Hammond FBA (University of Leeds, School of English): French tragedy (especially Corneille and Racine).
Dr Adam Horsley (University of Nottingham): Libertinage in seventeenth-century French culture; libertin authors (especially Théophile de Viau and François Maynard); subversive texts and the criminal justice system; material bibliography.
Dr Suzanne Jones (University of Paris X): Seventeenth-century French theatre; Molière in English translation; plays in print; regionalization in drama.
Professor Neil Kenny (University of Oxford): Early modern French literature and thought (especially from the early sixteenth to the mid-seventeenth century); families of writers / scholars; the relation of literature and learning to social hierarchy in early modern France.
Professor Rebecca Kingston (University of Toronto): History of political thought; development of conceptions of the public and the public good in early modern French thought; the reception of Plutarch in France and England.
Professor Lise Leibacher-Ouvrard (University of Arizona): French literature and culture (17th century); cultural and gender studies (17th-18th centuries); early-modern and feminist utopias / utopianism; libertinism and politics; medical, confessional and literary discourses on gender and sexuality; travel literature and colonial writing.
Dr Charles Marshall (University of Warwick): Early Modern French travel writing; representations of Portuguese India and of intercultural encounter.
Professor Christine McCall Probes (University of South Florida): Letters; poetry; emblems; sixteenth and seventeenth-century French.
Professor Michael Moriarty (University of Cambridge): Intellectual history; moral, religious, and social ideas; moralists; Descartes; Pascal.
Professor Richard Parish (University of Oxford): Counter-Reformation writing (especially Pascal); theatre; music-related topics; Saint-Simon.
Professor Henry Phillips (University of Manchester): 17th-century literature and religious culture.
Dr Julia Prest (Reader in Early Modern French, University of St Andrews): Early-modern French and francophone theatre (including ballet and opera); theatre and citizenship in Saint-Domingue.
Professor Richard Scholar (University of Oxford): Early modern French literature and thought; Montaigne; theories of keywords, linguistic structures and literary forms; ‘untranslatable’ French terms in English cultural contexts.
Dr Rowan Tomlinson (University of Bristol): Early-modern literary, intellectual, and cultural history; history of poetics and rhetoric; classical reception; history of disciplines; history of education; reception of Italian humanism in France.
Professor Thomas Worcester, S.J. (College of the Holy Cross): Jesuit history; papal history; religion and culture in early 17th-century France; saints as cultural history; preaching as panegyric.