Vittoria Fallanca

I hold a BA in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge and an MSt in Modern Languages (French) from the University of Oxford.


My DPhil thesis considers the use of the word ‘dessein’ in Montaigne’s Essais. This word, which means both aim/intention as well as material plan/design, affords us important insights into the writing practice of the author of the Essais, as well as attitudes to artistic creation during his time. 

More broadly, my research interests are in the fields of Literature, Philosophy and Art History & Theory, and particularly where these areas overlap.


I am a non-stipendiary lecturer at Oriel College, where I teach the following:

Prelims - Paper III (Montaigne and Racine); Paper II (French-to-English translation). 

FHS - Paper VII (16th- and 17th-century literature), Paper X (Montaigne and Molière).

Organisational Roles

I am co-convener of the French Graduate Seminar for 2017/18 and President of the MML Graduate Network.

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