Dr K Lunn-Rockliffe

Faculty Lecturer in French, Fellow of Hertford College


Katherine Lunn-Rockliffe’s main research interests are in the field of nineteenth-century poetry. She has worked on Symbolism and is the author of a book on Tristan Corbière. Currently she is working on Romantic verse, in particular a study of progress in Victor Hugo’s poetry.


French language and literature, especially nineteenth-century literature. Paper XI authors: Stendhal, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Mallarmé. Paper XIIs: ‘French Poetry 1870-1918’, ‘Balzac’.

Graduate Teaching

Katherine teaches for the M.St. Special Subject on Nineteenth-Century Poetry.


‘Humanity’s Struggle with Nature in Victor Hugo’s Poetry of Progress’, Modern Language Review, 107 (2012) 143-61

‘Changing Constellations in Victor Hugo’s Contemplations’, in ‘When familiar meanings dissolve…’: Essays in French Studies in Memory of Malcolm Bowie, ed. by Naomi Segal and Gill Rye (Bern: Peter Lang, 2011), 83-96

‘Progress as Idea and Image in Victor Hugo’s “Force des choses” ’, Dix-neuf, 13 (2009), 36-54

‘Death and the Aesthetic of Continuity: Victor Hugo’s Les Contemplations’, French Studies, 62 (2008), 13-25

Tristan Corbière and the Poetics of Irony, Oxford Modern Languages Monographs (Oxford: OUP, 2006)

‘ “Intérêt et Principal”: Nineteenth-Century Borrowings of La Fontaine’s “La Cigale et la fourmi” ’, in: Currencies: Fiscal Fortunes and Cultural Capital in Nineteenth-Century France (Bern: Peter Lang, 2005), 89-100

‘Paris as Bazaar: Tristan Corbière’s Poetry of the City’, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, 33 (2004), 120-34

‘Voice-Defying Lyricism: Tristan Corbière’s “Les Amours jaunes” ’, French Studies, 56 (2002), 165-78

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