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Dr Thomas Hinton

Lecturer in French

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My research interests focus on medieval French and Occitan literature, especially of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, with a particular interest in manuscripts and the material context of medieval texts. More broadly, I am interested in the reception of literature; the uses of the past; the representation of the unfamiliar; narrative aesthetics; and theories of translation.

I offer modules on medieval French and Occitan literature and culture, as well as co-teaching an introductory first-year literature module. I also teach French language, including advanced translation skills.

Research interests

My research interests focus on medieval French and Occitan literature, especially of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, with a particular interest in manuscripts and the material context of medieval texts. More broadly, I am interested in the reception of literature; the uses of the past; the representation of the unfamiliar; narrative aesthetics; and theories of translation.

 

My current research project explores how the development of lay literacy in the thirteenth century affected the status of vernacular (non-Latin) languages and their literary traditions, focusing on the case of French and Occitan. Where twelfth-century texts in these languages typically aim to transmit some ancient story, whose great age guarantees its significance, the thirteenth century saw the advent of alternative models for a vernacular written culture, which sought legitimacy as cultural records of the present or recent past. Occitan and French lyric poets were among the first vernacular authors to be celebrated as such by contemporaries, and the modern idea of the canonical author owes a large amount to the influence of lyric song on the development of the various European vernacular literatures.

Biography

2000-2004:BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Modern Languages at St John's College, Oxford

2005-2006: MA in Medieval Studies at King's College London

2006-2010: PhD in French at King's College London

 

2009-2012: Junior Research Fellow in Modern Languages at Jesus College, Oxford

2012-2013: Addison Wheeler Research Fellow at Durham University