Olivia Tolley

Stipendiary Lecturer in French, St Catherine's College (2018-2019)

Provisional Thesis Title: Writing Women into the History of Rabelais’ reception 

DPhil Supervisors: Dr Kate Tunstall and Prof. Wes Williams 

My thesis explores the ways in which Rabelais’ work was adapted for, and read by, women, in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. I consider how these early modern instances of reappropriation can help us to reread passages in Rabelais’ primary text.  My research touches on questions surrounding gender, posterity, book history, book illustration, the Querelle des femmes and the Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes. 


2018-2019 Stipendiary Lecturer in French, St Catherine’s College, Oxford  

2017-2018 Tutor in French Thought, Prelims French Sole 

2015 — 2016 Lecturer in French (Worcester College, Oxford)

Organisational roles 

2015 — 2016 Co-convenor, Oxford French Graduate Seminars, in conjunction with the IMLR 

2015 — 2016 Co-convenor, Early Modern French Seminar 

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