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Dr Emma Herdman, Lecturer

Emma HerdmanContact Information

eh58@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone: 01334 463651
Office: Buchanan 311

Module surgery hours:
Monday 12-1, Thursday 10-11

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, especially in relation to the classical world. 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 in early modern Europe to alcohol, to vileness, to women and sexuality, and to theft, and (as part of a wider research network) obscenity. A recurrent motif in my work is birds, as light and inconsequential figures that can nevertheless carry some weighty themes: 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 French language, literature and culture at all levels, as well as early modern French (and other) texts for Comparative Literature, and I offer three Honours Modules. “Discovering the Renaissance” (FR4111) introduces students to the literature of the period as it looks back to the classical past, focusing on themes of imitation, interpretation and imagination. “Representations of the Renaissance” (FR4115) looks to the future, examining how this peculiarly privileged era in France’s cultural past has been received and portrayed in historical literature and in films from the seventeenth century to the present day. “Women’s Voices in Renaissance France” (FR4118) looks beyond France to explore how women, as writers and as characters, use their voices to challenge or confirm the dominant cultural narratives of the wider European Renaissance.

Publications

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.). Oxford: Legenda, p. 135-154 (Legenda (General series)).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (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 https://doi.org/10.1080/20563035.2017.1380556
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Folie and Salmacis: Labé's Rewriting of Ovid
Herdman, E., Jul 2013, In : Modern Language Review. 108, 3, p. 782-801 https://doi.org/10.5699/modelangrevi.108.3.0782
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

"Amethystus Princeps Sobrietatis": Signing a Sixteenth-Century Pledge
Herdman, E., Feb 2013, In : Renaissance Studies. 27, 1, p. 114-132 https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1477-4658.2011.00785.x
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The Parrot as Paramour: Yourcenar's Amant Vert
Herdman, E., 2011, In : French Studies. 65, 2, p. 212-224 https://doi.org/10.1093/fs/knq251
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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

 

Denis Crouzet, Nostradamus: A Healer of Souls in the Renaissance, trans. Mark Greengrass (Cambridge: Polity, 2018)
Herdman, E., Jun 2018, In : French History. 32, 2, p. 311 https://doi.org/10.1093/fh/cry021
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Helena Taylor, The Lives of Ovid in Seventeenth-Century French Culture (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017)
Herdman, E., 1 Apr 2018, In : French Studies. 72, 2, p. 278-279 https://doi.org/10.1093/fs/kny050
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Œuvres en rupture entre France et Italie: Arts, sciences et lettres (XVIe - XVIIe siècle), ed. Florent Libral and Fanny Népote (Toulouse: Presses Universitaires du Midi, 2018)
Herdman, E., 2018, In : French Studies. 72, 4, p. 599-600
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/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 https://doi.org/10.1093/fs/knx190
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/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 https://doi.org/10.1093/fs/knx180
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/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 https://doi.org/10.1093/fs/knx082
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/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 https://doi.org/10.1093/fs/knw173
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/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 https://doi.org/10.1093/fs/knw237
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/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: Contribution to journalBook/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: Contribution to journalBook/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: Contribution to journalBook/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: Contribution to journalBook/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: Contribution to journalBook/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: Contribution to journalBook/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: Contribution to journalBook/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: Contribution to journalBook/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: Contribution to journalBook/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: Contribution to journalBook/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: Contribution to journalBook/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: Contribution to journalBook/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: Contribution to journalBook/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: Contribution to journalBook/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: Contribution to journalBook/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: Contribution to journalBook/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: Contribution to journalBook/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: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review