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Research by Period

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

 

Research by Period: Early Modern

Margarita Cisneros

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Ayres-Bennett, Prof Wendy

Wendy Ayres-Bennett specialises in the history of French and the history of linguistic thought. Her research interests include standardisation and codification, linguistic ideology and policy, variation and change.

Brundin, Dr Abigail

Abigail Brundin's research interests include the literature and culture of the Italian renaissance, with a particular focus on women writers, poetry, print culture, devotional literature, censorship and religion.

Cacho, Dr Rodrigo

Rodrigo works on early modern literature and culture, focusing on comparative studies including European poetry and visual arts in Spain, Portugal, Italy and France. He is currently working on the early development of Spanish American poetry in its transatlantic context.

 

Chesters, Dr Tim

Timothy Chesters is a specialist in French Renaissance literature and thought. He is especially interested in developing a cognitively inflected approach to literary texts, able to take account of current research in psychology (perception, attention, intuition), philosophy (especially philosophy of mind), and linguistics (pragmatics and Relevance Theory). Though this is a broad-ranging project, Tim retains a special focus on the major authors of the French Renaissance (Rabelais, Scève, Ronsard and Montaigne).

Chinca, Dr Mark

Mark Chinca's research spans several areas of medieval and early modern German literature in its comparative context: aesthetics and poetics; theory of fiction; ars moriendi; devotional and pastoral writing, especially relating to the Last Things; early Middle High German literature; text editing; the Kaiserchronik.

Colvin, Prof Sarah

Sarah Colvin's research interests are in the areas of narrative theory and practice; cognitive and ethical approaches to literature; women’s writing and prisoner narratives; and writing and (political) violence. Her current research is on narratives by prisoners and the use and functions of arts in prisons, and she is a steering committee member for the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA).

Darlow, Dr Mark

Mark Darlow specialises in eighteenth-century French theatre and music (especially opéra-comique), Rousseau, Bernardin de Saint-Pierre and the culture of the Revolutionary period.

Drayson, Dr Elizabeth

Elizabeth Drayson work on medieval and early modern Spanish literature and cultural history, with a particular interest in the relationship between Arabic, Jewish, and Christian cultures in medieval and Golden Age Spain, as well as the interpretation of medieval literature in art and film.

 

Egan, Dr Caroline

Caroline Egan studies early colonial Latin American literature and culture, with a particular focus on texts written in and about Amerindian languages in the 16th and 17th centuries. Her research deals with the categories of orality and literacy in the broad context of the colonial Americas. Trained in comparative literature, she is also interested in reimaginings of the colonial period in later American literary works.

 

Franklin, Prof Simon

The general topic of Simon Franklin's research is the social and cultural history of information technologies in Russia. He am currently working on a wide-ranging study of cultures of writing and material texts in Russia from the mid 15th to the mid 19th century, using the concept of the 'graphosphere', defined as the space of the visible word.

 

Gilby, Dr Emma

Emma Gilby's research focuses on early modern France. She is particularly interested in early modern critical thinking about literature and the visual arts, and in investigating modern critical practices by considering their history. She is currently working on Descartes in the context of contemporary poetic theory.

 

Guild, Dr Elizabeth

Liz Guild works on the history of subjectivity in early modern France, particularly the interrelated histories of thought and affect. She focuses on texts produced during the cultural, political and religious upheaval of the later sixteenth century, and explores the effects of such conditions on thought and affect as evident in developments in form, rhetoric and poetics at the time, notably in Montaigne's writing.

 

Hammond, Prof Nicholas

Nick Hammond is Professor of early modern French literature and culture, with particular interest in popular culture (street songs), sexuality, religious thought, poetry and theatre. The writers he has worked on include Pascal and writers attached to Port-Royal, Sévigné, Lafayette, Corneille, Molière, Racine, Bossuet, D'Aubignac, Saint-Pavin, Furetière and Tallemant des Réaux. He is currently leading a project which involves transcribing and performing 17th- and 18th-century street songs (http://www.parisiansoundscapes.org).

Kogut Lessa de Sá, Dr Viven

​Vivien Kogut Lessa de Sá is interested in comparative studies involving Brazilian, Portuguese and English literatures and in early modern travel writing.

Ledgeway, Prof Adam

Adam Ledgeway is Professor of Italian and Romance Linguistics and his research interests include the comparative history and morphosyntax of the Romance languages, Italian dialectology, Latin, Italo-Greek, syntactic theory, and linguistic change. His research is channelled towards bringing together traditional Romance philological scholarship with the insights of recent generative syntactic theory.

Lennon, Dr Paul Joseph

Paul Lennon's research focuses on the literature and culture of Golden Age Peninsular Spain. In particular, he is interested in poetry and the philosophical currents that helped shape it, such as Neoplatonism.

 

Moriarty, Prof Michael

Michael Moriarty’s research deals with the intersection between literature, philosophy, and theology in early modern France (late sixteenth to early eighteenth centuries). He has worked on, among others, Montaigne, Descartes, Pascal, La Rochefoucauld, Malebranche, and La Bruyère, focusing particularly on their representation of human nature and on the ethical and religious dimensions of their thought.

 

Pevny, Dr Olenka

Olenka Pevny's research interests include the cultural history, visual culture and art and architectural history of medieval and early modern Eastern Europe with an emphasis on Ukraine. She studies the place of art and visual culture in narratives of national, regional, religious and gender identity and is involved in conservation and preservation initiatives of archaeological and cultural-historical sites.

Richardson, Dr Kylie

Kylie Richardson’s research has focused in the past on issues in Slavonic linguistics, and primarily on Slavonic morpho-syntax. She is still interested in topics in Slavonic aspect. She is, however, currently working on language and consciousness, which includes researching the shamanic explorers of consciousness in Slavonic history and culture.

 

Taylor, Dr Andrew

Andrew Taylor's research lies broadly in the writing and culture of renaissance humanism with particular interests in the translation of ancient texts, scholarship and book history in the sixteenth century, and Anglo-French religious and literary relations in the early Reformation.

 

Tonneau, Dr Olivier

Dr Tonneau is a specialist of early-modern French thought, especially Pascal and Diderot. He is interested in Theology, ethics, politics, the relation between philosophy and literature, Pascal, Diderot, Robespierre, the French revolution, Aimé Césaire.

Webb, Dr Heather

Dr Heather Webb’s research focuses on concepts of personhood, embodiment, and intersubjectivity in late medieval Italy. Her current work is concerned with gesture and devotion in Dante’s Comedy and as visualised by his late medieval and early modern readers.

Whaley, Prof Joachim, FBA

Joachim Whaley's research so far has concentrated on the history of the Holy Roman Empire in the early modern period. He has also written extensively on the German Enlightenment and its legacy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Further fields of interest on which he has published regularly are the question of German identity since the fifteenth century, the German memory of the Reformation from the sixteenth century to the present and the historiography of medieval and early modern German history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is currently working on a larger project that will survey the history of German-speaking Europe from the Middle Ages to the present day.

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