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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)


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Professor Thomas Wynn, MPhil (Cantab), DPhil (Oxon)

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My research focuses on theatre, spectatorship and libertinage in early modern French literature and culture.

My monograph Sade's Theatre: Pleasure, Vision, Masochism was published in SVEC in 2007; my critical edition of François II, roi de France, appeared in 2006; and my edition of rare erotic works by Delisle de Sales and Baculard d'Arnaud was published in 2011. In 2013 SVEC published my edited volume on the representations of violence in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, featuring articles on subjects such as Sade, trauma, and the mob in the French Revolution. In addition I have produced numerous critical editions for the Complete Works of Voltaire; my edition of the comedy La Prude waspublished in April 2017.

My translation of the Marquis de Sade's controversial The 120 Days of Sodom appeared with Penguin Classics in September 2016. This volume is the result of collaboration with Dr Will McMorran (Queen Mary, London); The Economist praised this 'excellent translation', calling its introduction 'scholarly and wise'. Will and I blog at thebadbooksblog, and our translation was awarded the prestigious Scott Moncrieff prize in March 2018.

With Professor Pierre Frantz (Paris-Sorbonne), I co-direct the international research group Phoenix. This network investigates the evolving relationship between theatrical representation and public reception in eighteenth-century France; we have published a volume of articles on dramatic space, and in assocation with Sophie Marchand we held a conference on metatheatre. We have published a series of critical editions of eighteenth-century plays; seven volumes have appeared (Monvel's Les Victimes cloîtrées; two comedies by Piron; erotic comedies; Laya’s L’Amis des lois; Baron's Le Rendez-vous des Tuileries; De Belloy's Le Siège de Calais; Lemercier's Christophe Colomb; and two plays by Sedaine.

I am happy to receive applications for PhDs on topics in late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French literature and culture.

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