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School of Modern Languages & Cultures: Department of French

Staff in the Department of French

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

Reader / Director of Research in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43465
Room number: A38, Elvet Riverside I

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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, arguably the first example of 'armchair theatre' in 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 several critical editions for the Complete Works of Voltaire, and my preface for a recent volume of dramatic works can be read here. I am currently working on Voltaire's short prose works with Dr Helder Mendes Baiao on an MHRA-funded project.

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 publish a series of critical editions of eighteenth-century plays; sevenvolumes have appeared so far (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. We warmly welcome proposals.

My translation of the Marquis de Sade's controversial Les 120 journées de Sodome will appear will appear with Penguin Classics in late 2016. This volume is the result of collaboration with Dr Will McMorran (Queen Mary, London).

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


Books: authored

Books: edited

Books: sections

  • 2012 'Charlot, ou la comtesse de Givry', in (ed.), Complete Works of Voltaire: Theatre 1766-1767, Voltaire Foundation, pp. 471-606
  • 2012 (co-authored with Niklaus, Robert) 'Les Scythes', in (ed.), Complete Works of Voltaire: Theatre 1766-1767, Voltaire Foundation, pp. 257-470
  • 2010 'L’Hôte et l’hôtesse', in Cronk, Nicholas (ed.), Complete Works of Voltaire. Writings of 1776-1777, Voltaire Foundation, pp. 293-322
  • 2009 (co-authored with Henderson, John S.) 'Tancrède', in Gargett, Graham & Gurrado, Antonio (eds.), Complete Works of Voltaire, Voltaire Foundation, pp. 259-263
  • 2007 (co-edited with Mason, H.T.) 'Poème sur la loi naturelle', in (ed.), Complete Works of Voltaire - Œuvres de 1750-1752 (II), Voltaire Foundation, pp. 1-96
  • 2006 'Lettre d’un Turc sur les fakirs et sur son ami Bababec', in (ed.), Complete Works of Voltaire - OEuvres de 1750-1752 (I), Voltaire Foundation, pp. 143-158

Edited works: journals

Essays in edited volumes

Journal papers: academic

Journal papers: professional

  • 2007 'Le dialogue dans le théâtre érotique du XVIIIe siècle', SVEC 2005:07, pp. 223-230