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School of Modern Languages & Cultures: Department of French

Staff in the Department of French

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Miss Anne-Pauline Crepet

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My research topic, entitled Une édition critique des lettres politiques de Mme de Châtillon: genre et diplomatie au Grand Siècle, focuses on female letter-writing in the French seventeenth century as a political instrument. Mme de Châtillon (1627-1695) was a prominent figure of her time and especially during Louis XIV's reign. Despite a major diplomatic role especially during the Fronde and from 1664 in the state relations with Mecklenburg and Brunswick, in Germany, she has been ever since nearly forgotten. My research analyses a selection of her letters in order to understand her relevance and shed light on unknown aspects such as female diplomacy and conversion. 

I completed an MA in Spanish studies at Toulouse II le Mirail (France) and spent three years in Spain. My thesis is supervised by Prof. Jan Clarke, Dr Tom Wynn and Dr Cathy McClive. 

Conference & seminar presentations

  • "Isabelle-Angélique de Montmorency, duchesse de Mecklembourg: a female diplomat and letter writer serving the French king in Germany", paper given at the International Networks in the Long Seventeenth Century conference, 3rd July 2013, Durham
  • "The correspondence of Mme de Châtillon", paper given at a postgraduate seminar in the Modern Languages department, 5th June 2013, Durham


Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching & responsibilities

I taught for the French Language 1 and French Language 2 modules between 2011 and 2014

Research Interests

  • Early-modern diplomacy
  • Gender
  • Letter-writing

Selected Grants

  • 2013: Norman Richardson Postgraduate Research Fund
  • 2012: Ustinov College Travel Award
  • 2011: Field trip travel grants from MLAC

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