Reader in French Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of Sheffield

I specialise in the long eighteenth century in France, covering the French Enlightenment and the French Revolution. I have worked a lot on late eighteenth-century French literature (Chamfort, Laclos, Sade, de Maistre, etc.).

More recently, my research has focused on the environment in eighteenth-century France and Europe, specifically on dynamic geological and meteorological phenomena, such as volcanoes, avalanches and clouds. In 2019 I published a wide-ranging study on the cultural significance of volcanoes in eighteenth-century Europe (Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, Liverpool University Press).

A more recent research interest is in the poetry of the late eighteenth century, especially in the context of the French Revolution. I am currently working on a bilingual edition of the last poems of André Chénier.

I also enjoy French theatre, running an extra-curricular Molière reading group and co-directing the annual French play as part of the University of Sheffield’s Modern Languages Drama Festival.

I was Academic in Residence at the Graves Gallery, Museums Sheffield (2018-19).


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    Reader in French Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of Sheffield