Department of French

Modern & Medieval Languages

Department of French


Professor Christopher Prendergast

King's College

 Professor Emeritus in French and Fellow of the British Academy
Department of French

Postal Address:
  King's College
King's Parade

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Christopher Prendergast specializes in French literature and cultural history, principally of the 19th and 20th centuries. Publications include Signs of the Times: Introductory Readings in Semiotics (co-editor with Stephen Heath and Colin McCabe) 1971; Balzac: Fiction and Melodrama, 1978; The Order of Mimesis, 1986; Paris-Spectacle: Images de Paris dans la peinture au Musée d'Orsay,1987; Nineteenth-Century French Poetry. Introductions to Close Reading (editor and contributor), 1990; Writing the City. Paris and the Nineteenth Century, 1992; An Anthology of World Literature (Co-editor), 1994; Cultural Materialism. Essays on Raymond Williams (editor and contributor), 1995; The Spectacles of Realism: Gender, Body, Genre (co-editor and contributor), 1995; Napoleon and History Painting, 1997; The Triangle of Representation, 2000; Debating World Literature (editor and contributor), 2004; For the People, By the People? Eugene Sue's 'Les Mysteres de Paris', 2004; The Classic: Sainte-Beuve and the Nineteenth-Century Culture Wars, 2007; The Fourteenth of July, 2008. He is the general editor of the Penguin translation of Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu, and is currently writing a book on Proust and Scepticism. He also holds the title of Honorary Professor at the University of Copenhagen.