Dr Gemma Tidman

Dr Gemma Tidman BA, MSt, DPhil (Oxon)
Supernumerary Teaching Fellow in French, St John's College

I work on early modern, and particularly eighteenth-century, French literature and cultural history. My first book ‘The Querelle des collèges and the Emergence of Littérature, 1750–1789’ (under review with Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment), based on my doctoral research, taps into the Enlightenment interest in education, and offers new insights into the emergence of modern ideas of ‘littérature’ (e.g. ‘a national canon’, ‘an aesthetically pleasing text’, ‘a discipline for study’). It argues that such ideas emerged in the context of a previously overlooked eighteenth-century quarrel about how to reform literary teaching in the French collèges, which involved over 200 texts, and more than 100 different actors. My second book project goes in a more playful direction, and combines the study of literary and material culture to tell a history of ‘jeux littéraires’ in early modern France. Beyond quarrels, games, and literary learning, I am interested in Diderot and Rousseau, in the interdisciplinary study of literature and the visual arts, and in ways that digital tools can enhance research and teaching in the humanities.

You can find out more about my research and teaching on my website, here.


Current teaching:
Prelims Papers IIA & B (Translation into English), III (Short Texts) and IV (Narrative Fiction)
FHS Papers IIA (Translation into English), VII and VIII (16th-, 17th-, & 18th-century authors), X (early modern authors)
Previous teaching:
Prelims Papers I (Summary)
FHS Paper VIII (19th-century authors)

2017-18 College Lecturer in French and acting Organising Tutor in French (Worcester College, Oxford)
2016-17 Retained Lecturer in French (Worcester College, Oxford)
2014-15 Lectrice at l’Université de Paris X — Nanterre

Select Publications and Talks

For full list of publications, and details on the content of some of the items below, see my website.

Committee & Organisational Positions

2018-22 Executive Committee Member of British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (BSECS)
2015-16 Co-convenor, Oxford French Graduate Seminars, in conjunction with the IMLR
2015-16 Graduate representative for the sub-faculty of French, University of Oxford
2014-present Member of Oxford Early Career Academic Outreach Network

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