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. I was a visiting student at Harvard in 2013-14. 


My DPhil thesis reads Montaigne’s Essais through the lens of the concept of design (dessein). 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, and connects it with attitudes to artistic creation during his time. 

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


I am Stipendiary Lecturer at Oriel College, where I teach (or have taught) the following:

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

FHS - Paper VII (16th- and 17th-century literature including: Rabelais, women’s writing, sixteenth-century poetry, Pascal, Descartes); Paper X (early modern special authors: Montaigne and Molière).

Organisational Roles

I am graduate convener for the Early Modern French Research Seminar and co-convener of the French Graduate Seminar. In 2017-18 I co-ordinated the Gender & Authority TORCH Network. Since 2016 I run a Literature & Philosophy reading group for graduates of the faculty and beyond. 

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