Dr Adam Horsley

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


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Telephone: 01392 724457

I hold a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship for a project entitled ‘Libertine Literature and Criminal Justice in Early Seventeenth-Century France.’ This project comprises a monograph exploring the legal trials of subversive authors, and a critical edition of the complete poetic works of François Maynard (1582-1646). 

I am currently preparing a book entitled Libertines and the Law: Subversive Authors and Criminal Justice in Early Seventeenth-Century France (Oxford University Press). This monograph will be the first to consider the crminal trials of three notorious libertine authors (Giulio Cesare Vanini, Jean Fontanier and Théophile de Viau) from the perspective of criminology rather than literary studies, and will be the culmination of nine years of research into this area. 

My research is mainly concerned with early modern texts and authors who were considered in their day to be libertin – that is to say in some way unorthodox or subversive – and the history of these beyond the field of literary criticism. I have published a number of studies that are broadly related to this central research interest. 

Before coming to Exeter, I taught French history and literature from the fourteenth to twenty-first centuries, as well as the compositional analysis of art works, French language and translation at the University of Nottingham (2011-18), where I also held the position of Honorary Visiting Research Fellow (2015-18).    

I currently serve on the Executive Committee of the Society for Early Modern French Studies (SEMFS) as Media officer. For more details about the society are available at http://www.semfs.org.uk/  

I am also involved in transcription work for the AHRC funded ‘Elizabeth Montagu Letters Project’ (Swansea, King's College London and Oxford Brookes), which aims to create an online digital archive of Montagu’s complete epistolary corpus.