Professor Michael Sheringham
26 Jan 2016: It is with immense sadness that the Modern Languages Faculty announces the death of Professor Michael Sheringham, FBA, Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, Emeritus Fellow of All Souls’ College, who was Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature from 2004 until his recent retirement in 2015. He died peacefully at home on Thursday 21 January 2016.
Professor Sheringham was one of the leading figures in French studies of his generation, making an inestimable impact on the field of modern French literary and cultural study with landmark works on French Autobiography (1993) and on Everyday Life (2006), and a very wide range of other contributions on Surrealism, modern and contemporary poetry and prose fiction, and most recently on memory and the archive. Previously, he held posts at Royal Holloway, University of London, the University of Kent at Canterbury, and NUI, as well as visiting appointments in France and the US. His long record of distinguished and dedicated service to scholarship included roles as President of the Society of French Studies, as Chair of the Committee for the Maison Française d’Oxford, and on the Editorial Board of French Studies and numerous other journals. Our sincere condolences go to his family, friends, and former colleagues.