Dr Helena Taylor

Lecturer in French


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Telephone: 01392 724235

I came to Exeter in September 2015, having held a Laming Junior Research Fellowship at The Queen's College, Oxford. Prior to this, I completed my DPhil at St Anne's College, Oxford, a Masters in European Literature and a BA in French and Classics at Worcester College, Oxford. From 2010-11, I taught as a lectrice at Paris Sorbonne (Paris IV). I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

My research focuses on early modern French literature and culture, especially of the seventeenth century, with an interest in classical reception (particularly Ovid); cultural 'quarrels', notably the late seventeenth-century 'Quarrel of the Ancients and Moderns'; life-writing; translation; and women's cultural practice and its reception. My first book, published with OUP in 2017, examines the reception of the life of Ovid in 17th-century French culture. In May 2018, I embarked on a 3-year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Exeter to work on my second book, Women Writing the Ancient Wolrd in Early Modern France, which analyses women's classical reception in early modern France. 

In addition to language teaching, I offer modules on seventeenth and eighteenth-century French literary culture, co-teach an introductory first-year literature module and teach literary translation at MA level. I co-organise the seminars for Exeter's Centre for Early Modern Studies.