Dr Jennifer Oliver


I teach the whole first-year course in French literature, and sixteenth- and seventeenth- century authors and topics for FHS, as well as French-English translation, including translation theory and early modern translation. I lecture on Rabelais and Montaigne for Paper X, and on ‘Literature and Conflict in Early Modern France’ and ‘Bodies in Early Modern French Literature’ for the early modern period paper (Paper VII). I co-convene the MSt Special Subject on ‘Early Modern Inventions’, and teach a range of critical and theoretical texts, particularly in the field of nonhuman/eco- theory. Before taking up my current post, I held a Supernumerary Teaching Fellowship at St John’s College, Oxford for five years.

I am committed to access and outreach; I have given classes and talks on French grammar, Renaissance love poetry, and cinema for a range of schemes at Oxford and beyond, including the UNIQ summer school, and am a former co-organiser of the French Sub-Faculty’s Film Competition for secondary school students.