Valerie Worth-Stylianou

Since 2009 Valerie Worth-Stylianou has been Senor Tutor of Trinity College Oxford, and is also a Professor of French at the University of Oxford. After completing her B.A. and DPhil at Oxford, she spent a year as a Lecturer in Renaissance French Literature at the Université de Haute-Bretagne, and was then Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in French at King’s College London, before being appointed to the Research Chair of French at Oxford Brookes (1999-2006) and then as Professor of French and Head of Modern Languages at the University of Exeter (2007-9). Her research interests span sixteenth- and seventeenth-century French literature, history and culture, and also translation studies. She has published three major monographs, on translation in the French Renaissance (The Practice of Translation in Renaissance France, OUP, 1988), on seventeenth-century French tragedy (Confidential Strategies, Droz, 1999) and on early modern texts treating women’s medicine (Les Traités d’obstétrique au seuil de la modernité, Droz, 2007), as well as a number of works on the contemporary French language (French: a handbook of grammar, current usage and word power, Cassell, 1993, republished 2000). She has also edited and contributed to a handbook on French literature (Cassell Guide to Literature in French, Cassell, 1996), critical editions of Racine’s Alexandre (1990)and the Oeuvres complètes of Marie de Gournay (2002), as well as authoring many articles on early modern French writings, and held a major grant from the AHRC for the early stages of the development of the Cesar database on French theatre performances 1600-1800 (

A summary of Valerie Worth-Stylianou’s past and current research can be found here, and the findings of her ongoing research project on narratives of ‘Birthing Tales’ in French are here.

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