Current Academic Activities

My research offers a linguistic and philological approach of literary issues such as the origins and evolution of medieval literary genres, the epxression of narrative voice and point of view, the relationship between history and fiction, etc. My first book Narrateur et point de vue dans la littérature française médiévale : Une approche linguistique (Peter Lang, 1998) focuses on storytelling in the French Middle Ages and my second book Speech and Thought in French: Conceptss and Strategies (John Benjamins, 2005) studies reported discourse in medieval literary texts as well as in contemporary oral narratives, press and literature.

My current project is entitled Quoting her: Discourse, Gender, and Genre in Medieval French Short Narratives and funded through a British Academy research grant. It proposes a fresh interdisciplinary approach (i.e. linguistic, narratological and literary) that takes reported discourse as a meaningful criterion, based on textual evidences, to examine how female characters' discourse is framed and how it is expressed in medieval French narratives. Using a corpus of lais, fables and fabliaux ranging from the 12th to the 14th c., the analysis aims to assess whether female expression differs between these three literary genres and whether it is related to the specific ideologies that underlie each of them.

I lecture on topics ranging from Women and Medieval French Literature to Writing History in the Middle Ages and to set texts such as La Chanson de Roland, Béroul’s Tristan and Villon’s Testament. I also teach History of the French language.

I am a founding and executive member of Ci-dit, an international research group on reported discourse. I am also a member of the interdisciplinary research network:  ‘Voices in Medieval French Narrative (12th C. to 15th C.)’, funded by the British Academy.

Current Positions:

- Professor of Medieval French Studies,

  University of Oxford

- Fellow of Balliol College

Fields of Study:

- Medieval French Language & Literature,

- History of the French Language,

- Linguistics and Philology,

- Discourse Analysis


- Licence en Philologie Romane,

  Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1991

- Ph. D. in French Linguistics,

  University of California at Berkeley, 1996

Previous Posts:

- Teaching Fellow,

  University of St. Andrews, 1996-7

- Research Fellow,

  Gonville & Caius College,

  University of Cambridge, 1997-2001

- Zaharoff Fellow in French Linguistics,

  University of Oxford, 2001-2003

- Visiting Fellow, Council of the Humanities,  

  Princeton University  2013

- Co-editor of French Studies 2012-2015

- Director of Oxford Medieval Studies  

  Programme 2015-2017

- Chair of the Sub-Faculty of French,


- Proctor of the University of Oxford



Voices in Medieval French Narrative

Oxford Medieval Studies Programme