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Past Projects

Ingenious Animation: François Rabelais and the Physiology of Invention

Rabelais remains the Renaissance poet of the belly. Pregnancies and births, urination and excretion punctuate the adventures of his giants Gargantua and Pantagruel. His style fits those themes. According to settled views among critics, the Rabelaisian belly and its related style signal either the comic crowning of our lower regions in the upside-down world of carnivalesque fiction, or humanist satire wielded against diseased body-politics: old universities, the Church.

Voices in Medieval French Narrative

The project brings together literary and linguistics specialists from the UK, France, and Spain to share methodologies in an interdisciplinary interrogation of the idea and manifestations of 'voice' in French literary texts from the twelfth to fifteenth c

Centres and Collaborations

Voltaire Foundation

As a research department, our mission is to disseminate world-leading research into the Enlightenment, and to bring the debates of Voltaire and his contemporaries to the widest possible audience.

Research Seminars

Early Modern French

The Early Modern French Research Seminar is a termly seminar series devoted to current scholarship in sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth-century French studies.

Medieval French

The Medieval French Seminar meets on a fortnightly basis during term-time, bringing together medievalists, including staff members, researchers, and postgraduate and undergraduate students, with interests in fields such as literature, language, music, art

Modern French

The Modern French Research Seminar runs three times a term and brings together colleagues and graduate students with interests in French from Oxford and beyond.

Research Projects

Language Lecturers