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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages


Professor Nicholas Hammond

Professor of Early Modern French Literature and Culture
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
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Department of French
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


Nicholas Hammond specialises in seventeenth-century French thought, drama, poetry and culture. He is the author of Playing with truth: language and the human condition in Pascal's Pensées (OUP, 1994); Creative Tensions: an introduction to seventeenth-century French Literature (Duckworth, 1997);  Fragmentary Voices: memory and education at Port-Royal (Biblio 17, 2004); and Gossip, Sexuality and Scandal in France (1610-1715) (Peter Lang, 2011). He is also the editor of D'Aubignac's Quatre Dissertations contre Corneille (1996); the Cambridge Companion to Pascal (2003); and of the Duckworth series New Readings: introductions to European literature and culture. He is co-editor, with Bill Burgwinkle and Emma Wilson, of The Cambridge History of French Literature (2011), and, with Michael Moriarty, of Evocations of Eloquence: Rhetoric, Literature and Religion in early modern France (Peter Lang, 2012). He produced also a scholarly edition of the complete poetry of Denis Sanguin de Saint-Pavin (Classiques Garnier, 2012). A monograph, Early Modern Parisian Sound Worlds, will be published by Penn State University Press in 2019, as will a special number of the Journal Early Modern French Studies devoted to soundscapes, and a co-edited book on Racine's Andromaque (due in 2020). He is the director of a project on 17th-century Parisian soundscapes, and the project's website,, is devoted to transcriptions and performances of street songs.