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Dr Julia Hartley

Laming Junior Fellow


I grew up in Brussels where I was raised in English and Italian by my parents and schooled in French. I came to Oxford for my BA in Medieval & Modern Languages (French and Italian) in 2007, where I remained for my graduate studies. I also spent periods abroad as a lettrice at the Collegio Ghislieri in Pavia, Italy, and as a visiting graduate student and Teaching Assistant at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.



I am a specialist on Dante’s Divine Comedy and Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, on which I wrote my DPhil thesis and which I teach to final year undergraduates. My teaching also spans a variety of French and Italian Prelims content papers, as well as translation and language classes.


My research is characterised by a firmly comparative perspective through which I bring into dialogue medieval Italian literature, 19th and 20th century French literature, and, more recently, Persian literature, the latter with a particular focus on reception and translation. I am in the early stages of a new project on the impact of the first French translations of canonical Persian literature and early diplomatic relations between France and Iran on the image of Iran/Persia in 19th century French literature.


‘L’analogie chez Dante et Proust’, in ‘Marcel Proust, roman moderne: perspectives comparatistes’, special issue of Marcel Proust Aujourd’hui (2017)

‘Is Odette an Artist? Approaching Female Creativity in Proust’s À la recherche’, French Studies, 70.3 (July 2016), 348–61

‘Reading in Dante and Proust’, Modern Language Notes (Comparative Literature Issue), 130.5 (December 2015), 1130–49