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 pursue a new research project 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.