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UK Fellow, Medieval Studies, elected in 2018

Professor Simon Gaunt FBA

Medieval French Literature
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About this Fellow

Simon Gaunt is Professor of French Language and Literature at King’s College London, where he has been Head of French and Head of the School of Arts and Humanities. He was President of the Society for French Studies from 2006-2008, became a Fellow of King’s College London in 2015 and an Honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge in 2016. His books have ranged widely over medieval Occitan and Old French literature. As a literary critic his work has been informed at various stages by feminist and queer theory, by psychoanalysis, by postcolonial approaches, and most recently by Romance philology and linguistics. Much of his recent work has been concerned with French as a transnational language in the Middle Ages and he has directed two major collaborative projects concerned with this topic: Medieval Francophone Literature Culture outside France, funded by the AHRC, and The Values of French, funded by the ERC.



Current post

  • Professor of French Language and Literature, King’s College London

Past Appointments

  • University Lecturer and Official Fellow, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge , 1988 - 1998
  • Research Fellow, Downing College, Cambridge, 1986 - 1988


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Professor David Crouch

The social and political history of Britain and France 1000-1300; the comparative study of medieval aristocracies; medieval conduct