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Dr Julia Prest, Senior Lecturer

Dr Julia PrestContact Details

jtp22@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone: 01334 463646
Office: Buchanan 307

Module surgery hours:
Tue 3-5 

Full research profile

Research and Teaching

Julia Prest's research focuses on the theatre and culture of the early-modern period. In her current project, she explores the fascinating and complex issues relating to race and gender in the theatres of eighteenth-century Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), where free people of colour, particularly women, were an increasing presence both on-stage and off.

A graduate in Music and French, Julia Prest wrote her PhD on Molière's comedy-ballets, comparing early performances at the French court (at which Louis XIV was always present and sometimes danced) with subsequent performances in the public theatre in Paris (from which the king was conspicuously absent). Julia's second major project culminated in her monograph, Theatre under Louis XIV: Cross-casting and the Performance of Gender in Drama, Ballet and Opera, first published by Palgrave in 2006 and reissued in paperback in 2013. In her most recent monograph, Controversy in French Drama: Molière's Tartuffe and the Struggle for Influence (New York: Palgrave, 2014) she provides a detailed, in-depth account of Molière’s five-year struggle to have a ban on public performances of Tartuffe lifted (1664-69).  Drawing on a wide range of theatrical and non-theatrical sources, Julia changes the terms of the debate by challenging received notions regarding the opposition between the sincere believer (vrai dévot) and the hypocrite (faux dévot); she also demonstrates that Tartuffe was itself a key locus for the struggle for influence among competing political and religious factions during the early reign of Louis XIV.  

Julia has published on a variety of other, related subjects including witchcraft and the Affair of the Poisons, medical satire in the work of Molière, the castrato singer, and court ballet as a means of religious reconciliation during the Wars of Religion.  She has also published critical editions of Le Mariage forcé  (1999) and La Devineresse (2007).

Julia Prest’s Honours modules in the Department of French include The Court of Louis XIV; Aspects of Gender in 17th-century French Drama; Tartuffe in Context, in Performance and in Translation; and Translating French Opera.  She also coordinates a module, Performing Early-Modern Sexualities, within the Comparative Literature programme.

PhD Supervision

Sarah Townshend

Publications

Controversy in French Theatre: Molière's Tartuffe and the Struggle for Influence
Prest, J. T. 2 Jan 2014 New York: Palgrave Macmillan . 260 p.
ISBN: 9781137343994.
Research output : Book/Report Book

"La Devineresse, ou les faux enchantemens" de Thomas Corneille et Jean Donneau de Visé
Prest, J. T. 2007 Modern Humanities Research Association . 150 p.
ISBN: 978-0-947623-74-6.
Research output : Book/Report Scholarly edition

Theatre under Louis XIV : cross-casting and the performance of gender in drama, ballet and opera
Prest, J. T. 2006 Palgrave Macmillan . 195 p.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230600928
ISBN: 978-1-4039-7518-8.
Research output : Book/Report Book

 

Performing Violence to End Violence: Theatrical Entertainments for the Marriage of Marguerite de Valois and Henri de Navarre
Prest, J. T. 2013 Gender, Agency and Violence: European Perspectives from Early Modern Times to the Present Day . Zitzlsperger, U. (ed.). Cambridge Scholars Publishing , p. 38-55
Research output : Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Troublesome Sensual Appetites or who is the real faux dévot?
Prest, J. T. 2010 Nourritures: Actes du 40e congrès annuel de la North American Society for Seventeenth-Century French Literature. Lalande, R. & Landry, B. (eds.). Narr Verlag , p. 253-63 11 p. (Biblio 17; 186).
Research output : Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding Chapter

The Politics of Ballet at the Court of Louis XIV
Prest, J. T. 2008 Dance, Spectacle, and the Body Politick, 1250-1750. Nevile, J. (ed.). Indiana University Press , p. 229-240 11 p.
Research output : Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding Chapter

A Classicist in Modern Times: Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux
Prest, J. T. 2007 Selected Poems; translated from the French by Burton Raffel. Boileau-Despréaux, N. (ed.). Yale University Press , p. ix-xx
Research output : Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding Foreword/postscript

Medicine and Entertainment in Le Malade imaginaire
Prest, J. T. 2006 The Cambridge Companion to Molière. Bradby, D. & Calder, A. (eds.). Cambridge University Press , p. 139-149
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CCOL0521837596.010
Research output : Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding Chapter

 

Where are the vrais dévots and are they véritables gens de bien ?: Eloquent slippage in the Tartuffe controversy
Prest, J. T. 2013 In : Neophilologus . 97 , 2 , p. 283-297 15 p.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11061-012-9318-0
Research output : Contribution to journal Article

Elmire and the erotics of the ménage à trois in Molière's Tartuffe
Prest, J. T. 2011 In : Romanic Review . 102 , 1-2 , p. 129-144 16 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Article

In Chapel, on Stage, and in the Bedroom: French Responses to the Italian Castrato
Prest, J. T. Dec 2010 In : Seventeenth-Century French Studies . 32 , 2 , p. 152-164 13 p.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/026510610X12857561930796
Research output : Contribution to journal Article

Thomas Corneille (1625–1709): Beyond the Triumvirate
Prest, J. T. Jul 2009 In : French Studies . 63 , 3 , p. 323-329 7 p.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fs/knp095
Research output : Contribution to journal Article

Silencing the Supernatural: La Devineresse and the Affair of the Poisons
Prest, J. T. Oct 2007 In : Forum for Modern Language Studies . 43 , 4 , p. 397-409 13 p.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fmls/cqm064
Research output : Contribution to journal Article

Dancing king: Louis XIV's roles in Moliere's comedies-ballets, from court to town
Prest, J. 2001 In : The Seventeenth Century . 16 , 2 , p. 283-298 16 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Article

 

MOLIERE UNDER THE FIRES OF THE RAMP
Prest, J. 9 Nov 2012 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement . 5719 , p. 28-28 1 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Figure of the pedant from Montaigne to Moliere
Prest, J. Jan 2012 In : French Studies . 66 , 1 , p. 88-89 2 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

FRENCH THEATRE TODAY The view from New York, Paris, and Avignon
Prest, J. 12 Aug 2011 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement . 5654 , p. 26-26 1 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

GOSSIP, SEXUALITY AND SCANDAL IN FRANCE (1610-1715)
Prest, J. 1 Jul 2011 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement . 5648 , p. 26-26 1 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Moliere. COMPLETE WORKS
Prest, J. 29 Apr 2011 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement . 5639 , p. 23-24 2 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

WOMEN ON THE STAGE IN EARLY MODERN FRANCE 1540-1750
Prest, J. 8 Oct 2010 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement . 5610 , p. 27-27 1 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

BACKSTAGE AT THE REVOLUTION How the Royal Paris Opera survived the end of the Old Regime
Prest, J. 2 Jul 2010 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement . 5596 , p. 28-28 1 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

THE TRIUMPH OF PLEASURE
Prest, J. 2 Jul 2010 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement . 5596 , p. 28-28 1 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

The Style of the State in French Theater, 1630-1660: Neoclassicism and Government
Prest, J. Jul 2010 In : French Studies . 64 , 3 , p. 344-345 2 p.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fs/knq062
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

MOLIERE, THE FRENCH REVOLUTION, AND THE THEATRICAL AFTERLIFE
Prest, J. 25 Jun 2010 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement . 5595 , p. 30-31 2 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

DANCE IN THE RENAISSANCE European fashion, French obsession
Prest, J. 13 Feb 2009 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement . 5524 , p. 11-11 1 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Strange revelations - Magic, poison, and sacrilege in Louis XIV's France
Prest, J. 26 Sep 2008 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement . 5504 , p. 12-12 1 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Hidden agendas: Cross-dressing in 17th-century France
Prest, J. Jul 2008 In : Modern Language Review . 103 , p. 853-854 2 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

'Laughing matters' - Farce and the making of absolutism in France
Prest, J. 23 Nov 2007 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement . 5460 , p. 27-27 1 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Theatre and drama in francophone Africa - A critical introduction
Prest, J. 4 May 2007 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement . 5431 , p. 28-28 1 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Salons, history, and the creation of seventeenth-century France: Mastering memory.
Prest, J. Apr 2007 In : French Studies . 61 , 2 , p. 221-222 2 p.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fs/knm036
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Women in the great century - Baroque: music and literature - Music and liturgy
Prest, J. Jan 2006 In : French Studies . 60 , 1 , p. 101-102 2 p.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fs/kni307
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Cultivated power - Flowers, culture, and politics in the reign of Louis XIV
Prest, J. 16 Dec 2005 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement . 5359 , p. 24-24 1 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

The Chapel Royal of Versailles under Louis XIV: ceremonial, liturgies and music
Prest, J. Apr 2004 In : French Studies . 58 , 2 , p. 251-252 2 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Religious and moral values on stage at the Academie Royale de Musique: 1669-1737
Prest, J. Jan 2004 In : French Studies . 58 , 1 , p. 103-104 2 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Women in the 17th century: papers from the colloquium at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, October 5-7.2000
Prest, J. Jan 2004 In : French Studies . 58 , 1 , p. 94-95 2 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Discourse in musical theater from 1661 to 1686: from the comedies-ballets of Moliere to the lyric tragedies of Quinault
Prest, J. Jul 2003 In : French Studies . 57 , 3 , p. 385-386 2 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Presenting gender: Changing sex in early-modern culture
Prest, J. Nov 2002 In : Review of English Studies . 53 , 212 , p. 554-556 3 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Analyzing texts for the theater
Prest, J. Jul 2002 In : French Studies . 56 , 3 , p. 445-445 1 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

'Beneath Ierne's banners': Irish Protestant drama of the Restoration and eighteenth century
Prest, J. May 2001 In : Review of English Studies . 52 , 206 , p. 259-260 2 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Music and theatre in France, 1600-1680
Prest, J. 9 Mar 2001 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement . 5110 , p. 20-20 1 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Art, dance, and the body in French culture of the Ancien Regime
Prest, J. 9 Mar 2001 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement . 5110 , p. 20-20 1 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Theatre of the book, 1480-1880: print, text and performance in Europe
Prest, J. 2001 In : History of European Ideas . 27 , 4 , p. 426-428 3 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review