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Adam Horsley

Honorary Visiting Research Fellow and Teaching Associate in French and Francophone Studies,

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Teaching Summary

In the 2017-18 academic year, I teach undergraduate seminars and lectures for the following modules:

'France: History and Identity' (R11019) - year one

'The French language II' (R12062) - year two

'Seventeenth-Century France: Sex, Subversion and Censorship' (R12025) - year two

'Introduction to French Literature: Landmarks in Narrative' (R11027) - year one

'Introduction to French and Francophone Studies (R11026) - year one.

'Translation Into English for Native Speakers of French (R13132) - year four.

I have also previously taught French Language I (R11001) - year one.

My office hours are Tuesday 3-4pm; Wednesday 2-3pm, Trent B15a.

Research Summary

My PhD thesis - 'Libertin: The Nature of an Accusation in Early Seventeenth-Century France' - contributed to the debate on the merits of the term 'libertin' in modern scholarship by exploring the… read more

Selected Publications

Current Research

My PhD thesis - 'Libertin: The Nature of an Accusation in Early Seventeenth-Century France' - contributed to the debate on the merits of the term 'libertin' in modern scholarship by exploring the history, contexts of use and effects of the term as an accusation. I am currently working on a number of articles engendered from my doctoral research, as well as a monograph project on the treatment of libertinage from an early modern judicial perspective, and a critical edition of the poetic works of François Maynard. My research interests can be divided into two broad categories. First, the treatment of subversive, unorthodox or 'libertin' literature by the early modern French criminal justice system. Second, the study of texts from the perspective of material bibliography; that is to say, the history of text as material and cultural object, and its various spaces of readership and dissemination. My research is characterised by a close attention to the relationship between texts and their cultural environment, whether this be political, historical, or in terms of material bibliography. Within the field of seventeenth-century French studies, I am also interested in libertin literature more widely (particularly the works of Théophile de Viau, Cyrano de Bergerac and especially François Maynard), early realist texts, satirical and obscene poetry, and utopian literature.

I sit on the Executive Committee of the Society for Early Modern French Studies (SEMFS) as Publicity and Media officer. The Society can be accessed using the following link: http://www.semfs.org.uk/ I am also involved with the AHRC funded 'Elizabeth Montagu Letters Project' (Swansea, King's College London and Oxford Brookes), as a transcriber of Montagu's letters.

Conference Papers

'Imite qui voudra les merveilles d'autrui': Modernity and Imitation at the Trial of Théophile de Viau - Society for Early Modern French Studies annual conference (Durham, September 2017).

The Flight of an Author, the Trial of a Blasphemer, the Making of a Monster: Defining the Sedition of Giulio Cesare Vanini - Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies (conference theme: 'Sedition: Subversive and Controversial Literature in Europe, 1500-1700'), Durham, July 2017.

'Vous estes l'un & l'autre si puissans sur moy': Maynard's Network of Literary Critics - Society for French Studies annual conference, Durham, July 2017.

'Mon livre, je ne peux m'empescher de te plaindre' - François Maynard from Scribal Publication to the 1646 OEuvres - North American Society for Seventeenth-Century French Literature annual conference (conference theme: 'Literature, the Book and the Book Trade in 17th-century France'), Lyon, France, June 2017.

The Good Times and the Bad: The Optimism, Pessimism and Nostalgia of François Maynard - Society for Early Modern French Literature annual conference, Oxford, September 2016. François Maynard and libertine poetry in the public and private spheres - 'Sharing Space in the Early Modern World', Oxford, June 2016.

Les Rois Soleils: Other Kings on Other Worlds - The Society for Seventeenth-Century French Studies annual conference (The University of Saint Andrews), July 2015.

Court, Cabaret, Cabinet: The Poetry of François Maynard as Material Object - The Society for French Studies annual conference (Cardiff), June 2015.

Le Président libertin: The double life of François Maynard - Society for Seventeenth-Century French Literature annual conference (Durham), September 2014.

'Ce mestier dont luy-mesme ne sçavoit le nom' - The power of a libertine sex education in Les Confessions de Jean-Jacques Bouchard and L'Ecole des Filles - Society for Seventeenth-Century French Literature annual conference (Cambridge), September 2013.

'I couldn't stop myself from laughing' - Humour, authorship and strategies of subversion at the trial of Théophile de Viau (1623-25) - Postgraduate conference (The University of Saint Andrews), July 2013.

The Influence of literary criticism on the anti-libertine texts of François Garasse and Marin Mersenne - Durham Centre for Seventeenth-Century Studies annual conference (Durham), July 2013.

'Tout est peruerty en ce temps cy': Parisian life in the Caquets de l'accouchée - North American Society for Seventeenth-Century French Literature annual conference (Nashville, Tennessee, USA), May 2012.

Work, Worship and War: The contrasting utopian ideals of Tommaso Campanella and Cyrano de Bergerac - 'Beauty Can Change the World' (Bristol), September 2010.

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