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Dr Jessica Stacey

College Career Development Fellow in French


I went to my local comprehensive school in North East Derbyshire, and in 2005 arrived at King’s College London to read a degree in French and Philosophy. I remained in the KCL French Department for my MA and PhD, with a year in between at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon as an auditrice libre. After two years working in a support role at the Service User Research Enterprise (part of the Institute of Psychiatry), I took up my position at Queen’s in 2017.


I teach early modern French literature (seventeenth and eighteenth centuries) to second and fourth year students at Queen’s, as well as translation into English for all year groups, and the first year literature courses.


My research focuses on narratives of catastrophe in eighteenth-century France, and in particular on how such narratives contributed to forming ideas of the modern and pre- or anti-modern. My interest in all things catastrophic has grown from a fascination with rhetoric and storytelling around climate change, and with how societies have approached responsibility and agency in the face of world altering events, from the Middle Ages to the present.


English Legend in French Romance: Perkin Warbeck in the work of Horace Walpole and Baculard d’Arnaud, Compar(a)isons (31) 2009 [2015], 7-26

‘Doing Time’: Bastille Martyrs, Modern Saints, Matters of Time: Material Temporalities in Twentieth-Century French Culture, ed. by Lisa Jeschke and Adrian May (Series: Modern French Identities - Volume 115), 147-162