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Dr Adam Horsley


My teaching reflects my general interest in 17th-century French literature and history. My second year module 'Violence and Virtue: Early Modern French Theatre' begins with a concise history of theatrical genres, spaces and audiences before studying plays by the three great playwrights of the age: Pierre Corneille, Molière and Jean Racine.

My final year module 'Sex, Subversion and Censorship: Libertine Literature in Seventeenth-Century France' is a research-led module in which I offer students an alternative to the polished and classical image of le grand siècle. The module covers the poetry of Théophle de Viau and François Maynard - on whom I have published a number of studies - as well as the Confessions of Jean-Jacques Bouchard and Molière's Dom Juan. This module is further supplemented by my archival and wider historical research on printing practices, material bibliography and the criminal justice system in early-modern France. 

Modules taught