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Dr Emma Herdman, Lecturer

Emma HerdmanContact Information
Phone: 01334 463651
Office: Buchanan 311

Module surgery hours:
Wednesday 10-11, Thursday 9-10

Full research profile

Research and Teaching

My research interests are in the literature, history and culture - in French and in Latin, in texts and in images - of Renaissance France. I am particularly interested in themes of transgression and restraint: my recent work has focused on areas such as the literary and artistic representations of the atrocities committed during the French religious wars, attitudes to alcohol in early modern Europe, and (as part of a wider research network) obscenity. My current book-length project, Flights of Fancy: Avian Themes in Renaissance France, examines the relationship between ornithological knowledge and the imaginative representation of sixteenth-century birds and of what they can symbolise. I teach language and literature at all levels as well as two Honours Modules, one – “Discovering the Renaissance” – on imitation, interpretation and imagination in sixteenth-century literature, and one – “Representations of the Renaissance” – on how this peculiarly privileged era in France’s cultural past has been received and portrayed over the centuries in historical literature and film.

PhD Supervision

Simon Kay, Charlotte Pearce-Slade


Montaigne and Juvenal: intertextual recognition and the readership of the Essais
Herdman, E. 19 Dec 2016 Montaigne in transit: Essays in honour of Ian Maclean. Kenny, N., Scholar, R. & Williams, W. (eds.). Cambridge: Legenda, p. 135-154 (Legenda (General series))
Research output: ResearchChapter

Censured and Censored: Reactions to Obscenity
Herdman, E. 2011 Obscénités renaissantes. Roberts, H., Peureux, G. & Wajeman, L. (eds.). Geneva: Droz, p. 367-378
Research output: ResearchChapter

Theatricality and Obscenity in Graphic Histories of the Wars of Religion
Herdman, E. 2010 EMF: Studies in Early Modern France: Obscenity. Roberts, H. (ed.). Rookwood Press, Vol. 14, p. 90-115
Research output: ResearchChapter

Lupa in fabula: Figures of Threat in the Pastoral World
Herdman, E. 2006 Canadian Review of Comparative Literature: Neo-Latin and the Pastoral. Ford, P. & Taylor, A. (eds.). Vol. 33.1-2, p. 98-114
Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (peer-reviewed)


Vile birds and beasts in Jean Lemaire de Belges's Epîtres de l'amant vert
Herdman, E. Dec 2017 In : Early Modern French Studies. 39, 2, p. 99-113
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Folie and Salmacis: Labé's Rewriting of Ovid
Herdman, E. Jul 2013 In : Modern Language Review. 108, 3, p. 782-801
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

"Amethystus Princeps Sobrietatis": Signing a Sixteenth-Century Pledge
Herdman, E. Feb 2013 In : Renaissance Studies. 27, 1, p. 114-132
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

The Parrot as Paramour: Yourcenar's Amant Vert
Herdman, E. 2011 In : French Studies. 65, 2, p. 212-224
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Louis Des Masures, Claude Goudimel, et Jean de Tournes
Herdman, E. 2004 In : Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance. 66, p. 607-616
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle


Helena Taylor, "The Lives of Ovid in Seventeenth-Century French Culture" (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017)
Herdman, E. 2018 In : French Studies. 72, p. 278-279
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

"La Muse s'amuse: figures insolites de la Muse à la Renaissance", ed. Anne-Pascale Pouey-Mounou (Geneva: Droz, 2016)
Herdman, E. Oct 2017 In : French Studies. 71, 4, p. 565-566
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

Elise Rajchenbach-Teller, "'Mais devant tous est le Lyon marchant': construction littéraire d'un milieu éditorial et livres de poésie française à Lyon (1536-1551)" (Geneva: Droz, 2016)
Herdman, E. Oct 2017 In : French Studies. 71, 4, p. 564-565
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

Gisèle Mathieu-Castellani, "Le Rossignol poète dans l'Antiquité et à la Renaissance" (Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2016)
Herdman, E. Jul 2017 In : French Studies. 71, 3, p. 407-408
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

"Les Poètes français de la Renaissance et leurs 'libraires'", ed. Denis Bjaï and François Rouget (Geneva: Droz, 2015)
Herdman, E. Oct 2016 In : French Studies. 70, 4, p. 590-591
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

Robert J. Knecht, "Francis I and Sixteenth-Century France" (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015)
Herdman, E. Oct 2016 In : French Studies. 70, 4, p. 591-592
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

Kathleen M. Llewellyn, "Representing Judith in Early Modern French Literature" (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014)
Herdman, E. 2015 In : French Studies. 69, p. 522-523
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

"Entre la Renaissance et les Lumières, le 'Theophrastus redivivus' (1659)", ed. Nicole Gengoux (Paris: Champion, 2014)
Herdman, E. 2015 In : The Neo-Latin News. 73, 3-4, p. 195-197
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

Ingrid de Smet, "La Fauconnerie à la Renaissance: le 'Hieracosophion' de Jacques Auguste de Thou" (Geneva: Droz, 2013)
Herdman, E. 2015 In : Modern Language Review. 110, 2, p. 543-544
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

Audrey Duru, "Essais de soi: poésie spirituelle et rapport à soi, entre Montaigne et Descartes" (Geneva: Droz, 2012)
Herdman, E. 2014 In : French Studies. 68, p. 242-243
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

Hélène Bah-Ostrowiecki, "Le 'Theophrastus redivivus', érudition et combat antireligieux au XVIIe siècle" (Paris: Champion, 2012)
Herdman, E. 2014 In : The Neo-Latin News. 72, 1-2, p. 102-104
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

Jean-Eudes Girot, "Marc-Antoine Muret: des 'Isles Fortunées' au rivage romain" (Geneva: Droz, 2012)
Herdman, E. 2014 In : French Studies. 68, p. 97
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

James Helgeson, "The Lying Mirror: The First-Person Stance and Sixteenth-Century Writing" (Geneva: Droz, 2012)
Herdman, E. 2013 In : Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance. 75, p. 628-629
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

"Etienne Dolet: 1509-2009", ed. Michelle Clément (Geneva: Droz, 2012)
Herdman, E. 2013 In : French Studies. 67, p. 400-401
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

"Traduire, trahir, travestir: études sur la réception de l'antiquité", ed. Jean-Pierre Martin and Claudine Nédelec (Arras: Artois Presses Université, 2012)
Herdman, E. 2013 In : Modern Language Review. 108, 3, p. 947-948
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

"Corps sanglants, souffrants et macabres: XVIe-XVIIe siècle", ed. Charlotte Bouteille-Meister and Kjerstin Aukrust (Paris: Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2010)
Herdman, E. 2012 In : French Studies. 66, p. 241-242
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

Terence Cave, "Retrospectives: Essays in Literature, Poetics, and Cultural History", ed. Neil Kenny and Wes Williams (Oxford: Legenda, 2009)
Herdman, E. 2011 In : Modern Language Review. 106, 4, p. 1156-1157
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

Michael Randall, "The Gargantuan Polity: On the Individual and the Community in the French Renaissance" (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008)
Herdman, E. 2010 In : Modern Language Review. 105, 4, p. 1151-1152
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

Paul White, "Renaissance Postscripts: Responding to Ovid's 'Heroides' in Sixteenth-Century France" (Ohio: Ohio State University Press, 2009)
Herdman, E. 2010 In : French History. 24, p. 284-285
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

Kathryn Banks, "Cosmos and Image in the Renaissance Love Lyric and Natural-Philosophical Poetry" (Oxford: Legenda, 2008)
Herdman, E. 2010 In : Renaissance Studies. 24, p. 451-452
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

Jacques-Auguste de Thou, "La vie de Jacques-Auguste de Thou", ed. Anne Teissier-Ensminger (Paris: Champion, 2007)
Herdman, E. 2009 In : French Studies. 63, p. 80-81
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

Review essay on four editions and two critical studies of French Renaissance poetry
Herdman, E. 2008 In : Renaissance Studies. 22, p. 745-749
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

"La Mémoire des guerres de religion: La concurrence des genres historiques (XVIe-XVIIIe siècles)", ed. Jacques Berchtold and Marie-Madeleine Fragonard (Geneva: Droz, 2007)
Herdman, E. 2008 In : Modern Language Review. 103, 2, p. 533-534
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

Sarah Alyn Stacey, "Marc-Claude de Buttet 1529/31-1586: L'honneur de la Savoie" (Paris: Champion, 2006)
Herdman, E. 2007 In : Renaissance Studies. 21, p. 302-303
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review