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Dr Sanja Perovic

Dr Sanja Perovic

Sanja PerovicLecturer in French

Chair of Undergraduate Exam Board (semester 1 & 3)

+44 (0)20 7848 2136
Address Department of French
King's College London
Room 4.32 Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6NR


Sanja Perovic is a graduate of Stanford University where she obtained her PhD in Comparative Literature in 2004. She taught World Literature at the University of Chicago as a Harper Fellow for three years and French as an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago before coming to King’s.

Research interests and PhD supervision
•    17th and 18th-century French and comparative literature
•    French Revolution
•    Representations of time
•    Philosophy and theories of history
Sanja Perovic researches 18th-century literature and thought with a specific focus on the relations between the Enlightenment and Revolution.  She also has broader interests in the representations of time.  Her first book The Calendar in Revolutionary France:  Perceptions of Time in Literature, Culture, Politics (Cambridge UP 2012) considers the unique role played by the French Republican calendar in the construction of revolutionary time.  This interest in the temporal is also the subject of an edited volume, Sacred and Secular Agency in Early Modern France: Fragments of Religion

(Continuum 2011), which looks at the role played by notions of an epochal divide between a ‘premodern religious past’ and a ‘modern present’ in narratives of secularization.  Her current project World History as World Court:  The Theatrical Origins of Human Rights considers how the eighteenth century came to construct history as a universal, moral tribunal.  Sanja has also published on 17th and 18th century French theatre, exemplary history, encyclopedisms, censorship and other aspects of revolutionary culture. 

She welcomes students interested in any aspect of the interdisciplinary eighteenth century.

For more details, please see her full research profile.

Selected Publications
  • Sanja Perovic, The Calendar in Revolutionary France:  Perceptions of Time in Literature, Culture, Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
  • Sanja Perovic, ed. Sacred and Secular Agency in Early Modern France: Fragments of Religion (NY; London:  Continuum 2011)
  • Sanja Perovic, ‘Death by Volcano:  Revolutionary Theatre and Marie-Antoinette’, French Studies, Jan 2013.
  • Sanja Perovic, ‘The Intelligible as a New World?  Wikipedia versus the 18th Century Encyclopédie’ Paragraph: A Journal of Modern Critical Theory, 34:1, March 2011, (12-29)
  • Sanja Perovic.  ‘Le cadavre exquis: The Origins of Tragic Drama in Racine’s Bajazet’ New Literary History: Critical and Historical Essays, 36.3, 2005 (439-460)   
For a complete list of publications, please see Sanja's full research profile.

Sanja teaches a variety of modules in the Department of French and in the Interdisciplinary Eighteenth Century MA programme. These include an MA course on Imagined Communities: Utopian Discourse and Political Dissent in the French Enlightenment, sections of the MA core course in French Literature and Culture and Critical Methodologies and a variety of undergraduate modules including Writing the Self and Shadows of Enlightenment.

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