Nupur Patel

Nupur Patel, BA (Oxon), MSt (Oxon)

Research

My DPhil thesis considers pudeur or modesty in the works of four sixteenth-century French women writers. As a term that is often gendered as feminine and deployed by male writers, supposedly to protect the modesty of young women, pudeur may be reclaimed differently by women writers. By analyzing the varying shifts, tonalities and voices that are heard operating both within these women’s works and in specific places in France, I will examine how far such literary works accompany and counter meanings of pudeur in circulation.

Alongside my colleague, Kate Allan, I recently organised a virtual symposium, entitled ‘Women and Agency: Transnational Perspectives, c. 1450-1790’, which took place on the 24th and 25th of June 2021. This was generously funded by the AHRC-TORCH Graduate Fund, courtesy of The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. For more information, visit: https://womenandagency.wordpress.com/

Teaching Experience

Virtual BAME Study Day in the Humanities, Magdalen College and University College, University of Oxford, 8th April 2021

  • I delivered a lecture, entitled ‘Sixteenth-century French Women’s Writing: Challenging Gender Expectations in Selected Works of the Dames des Roches’.

Virtual BAME Study Day in the Humanities, Magdalen College and University College, University of Oxford, 27th July 2020

  • I delivered a lecture, entitled ‘Sixteenth-century French Women’s Writing: Challenging Gender Expectations in Selected Works of the Dames des Roches’.

https://pro.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?tid=a537b47a-023a-4ad3-a13b-ac01016de5ea

UNIQ Summer School, University of Oxford, July 2020

  • I ran two one-hour virtual sessions on French literature and translation. Following pre-recorded sessions (by tutors) on Émile Zola and translating Harry Potter, I facilitated discussions with UNIQ participants which focused on the role of literature and important considerations in translation. 

Paper III: Early Modern French Translation, 2019-20

  • Alongside a post-holder, I co-taught translation classes to fourth-year undergraduates (French Sole). These classes cover sixteenth-, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French prose and poetry.

UNIQ Summer School, University of Oxford, July 2019

  • I co-taught two ninety-minute lessons of French grammar. I covered topics and exercises which focused on translation, tenses, agreements and listening practice, i.e. song detection. 

Publications

Nupur Patel, ‘Competing Selves in Madame de Lafayette’s La Princesse de Montpensier and the Nouvelle Historique’, Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques, doi: https://doi.org/10.3167/hrrh.2021.012002

 

Select Papers

“In Defiance of pudeur: Sexual Desire and the Female Body in Louise Labe’s Poetry” : Society for French Studies Virtual Conference (29th June 2021)

 

« L’art de déconstruire la pudeur selon les femmes poètes du XVIe siècle » : Poete.ss.e.s: Qu’est-ce qu’une femme poète? Histoire, création, politique, École Normale Supérieure de Paris (12th May 2021)

 

‘Exploring Love, Pudeur and the Female Body: Louise Labé’s Liberating Expression of Sexual Desire’: Femmes dérangées, femmes dérangeantes/ Disturbed and Disruptive Women, Women in French UK-Ireland Biennial Conference (8th May 2021)

 

‘Staging debates: Marguerite de Navarre’s Comédie des quatre femmes and Questions of Womanhood and pudeur’: ADEFFI: Journée des doctorants (18th September 2020) 

 

‘Challenging Modesty: Responses to pudeur in Sixteenth-Century French Women’s Writing’: UK Society for French Studies Postgraduate Conference 2020: Passages (29th July 2020) 

 

‘Emancipating the female body: pudeur and Louise Labé’s expression of sexual desire in selected poetry’: The Ends of Autonomy July Colloquium, Warwick University, UK and Monash University, Australia (9th July 2020) 

 

‘Catherine des Roches: Reshaping Lives and the Quest for an Afterlife in L’Agnodice and À Mes Escrits’: College of Arts Postgraduate Conference 2020: Afterlives, University of Glasgow (3rd July 2020)

 

‘Catherine des Roches: Reshaping Lives and the Quest for an Afterlife in L’Agnodice and Les Missives’: Invited speaker, School of Advanced Study, University of London (15th May 2020)

https://www.sas.ac.uk/videos-and-podcasts/culture-language-and-literature/catherine-des-roches-reshaping-lives-and-quest

 

‘Reclaiming Modesty: The Notion of pudeur in Sixteenth-Century French Women’s Writing’: Invited speaker at Early Modern French Seminar, Maison Française, University of Oxford (16th May 2019)

 

‘Deconstructing Modesty: The Dames des Roches and the Notion of pudeur in Sixteenth-Century France’: Invited speaker at French Graduate Seminar, All Souls College, University of Oxford (26th February 2019) 

 

‘An Imagined Life and an Afterlife in Selected Works of Catherine des Roches’: Invited speaker at Frib-Ox Study Day 2019, ‘Life and Literature/ La vie en lettres’, TORCH International Partnership Scheme, Maison Française, University of Oxford (25th January 2019)

 

Presentation on Madeleine and Catherine des Roches: Invited speaker at ‘The Profession of Writing: Categories of Authorship in Renaissance Europe’, AHRC-funded Workshop, University of Bristol (22nd June 2018)

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