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Dr Emma Herdman, Lecturer

Emma HerdmanContact Information
Phone: 01334 463651
Office: Buchanan 311

Module surgery hours:
Monday 10-12

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.