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.
- Professor of French Language and Literature, King’s College London
- University Lecturer and Official Fellow, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge , 1988 - 1998
- Research Fellow, Downing College, Cambridge, 1986 - 1988
French history from 1000 - 1350; the French in the kingdom of Sicily, 1266-1309; the political ideas of Godfrey of Viterbo; the sires de Beaujeu, 950-1350
Medieval History - Medieval Studies
Medieval French literature & manuscripts, particularly the 'Roman de la Rose', courtly allegory & prose romance.
The medieval & Renaissance literature & history of Spain from 1200 to 1700, with special interests in literacy, libraries & the history of ideas; humanism; imperialism