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Professor Catherine Leglu

Professor Catherine Leglu
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Research Division Lead


FR2SCR French Literature Onscreen; FR3JC Jean Cocteau: Films and Narratives. Contributor to ML2MRL Love in Medieval and Renaissance Literature and ML3CW Cinemas of the World.

Areas of Interest

I am a medievalist specialising in Occitan and French literature, and former Director of the University of Reading's Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies.

I am on the international committee of the 'Association internationale d'études occitanes' (AIEO)

I am a specialist in medieval French and Occitan literature. My PhD was in the satirical tradition of troubadour poetry. I have published on Old Occitan satirical and moralising verse, Old French lyric poetry (pastourelle and chansons de toile), and Middle French romance and didactic texts. My recent research has been on issues of mulitilingualism in French, Occitan and Catalan literature, as well as on the vernacular translation and adaptation of Latin didactic texts (e.g. Middle French versions of Valerius Maximus' Facta et dicta memorabilia). My current project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2011-13) is an edition of the Occitan version of a fourteenth-century universal history told largely through the medium of genealogies and images (British Library Egerton 1500), find out more by visiting the egerton 1500 blog

I also teach undergraduate modules on modern French Language, French for Managers, French cinema, and the cinematic adaptations of literary texts.

Postgraduate supervision:
I have supervised PhD's on medieval heresy, and have supervised dissertations on Cathar texts in the Languedoc, as well as on nineteenth-century Occitan writers.

Enquiries are welcome concerning postgraduate research in any of the following areas: word and image relations in poetry and didactic literature, multilingualism, hybridity, vernacular book cultures, translation, book culture, education, performance, vernacular readers, heresy and authority, adaptation (medieval and modern).

Research groups / Centres

Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies

For details of Reading Medieval Studies click here:

Reading Medieval Studies



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BA Hons in French and Spanish (Cambridge, 1991), PhD (Cambridge, 1995).

I have held posts at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, rue d'Ulm, Paris (Maîtresse de langues, 1994-95), Queen's University, Belfast (1995-97) and the University of Bristol (1997-2007).

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