The Holy Roman Empire in its European context from the fifteenth century to 1806; the legacy of the Holy Roman Empire in German-speaking central Europe from 1806 to the present
About this Fellow
Renaissance French literature; Early modern linguistic theory, semiotics; Early modern fictionality, Arts of discourse, Mind theory (possible worlds, counterfactuals); Rhetoric of orality, writing and printing; Digital scholarly editions
- Emeritus Professor of French literature (Renaissance), Senior Fellow, Institut Universitaire de France, Centre d'Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance, University François-Rabelais, Tours
History and culture of Russia & Eastern Europe, Medieval & Early Modern; cultural and social history of information technologies
Renaissance philosophy, particularly the Platonism of Marsilio Ficino & Pica della Mirandola; Renaissance poetry, magic, mythology, iconography & hermeneutics; Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare.
Literature & culture of the 'long Romantic period', with a focus on empire, nation & travel writing. My recent focus is Scottish literature & thought 1750-1850, with a special emphasis on Robert Burns & his poetic & intellectual circle.