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Dr Sanja Perovic

Dr Sanja Perovic

Sanja PerovicSenior Lecturer in French

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




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 specializes in18th-century French literature and history, with broader interests in the politics and representation of time. Her recent book The Calendar in Revolutionary France: Perceptions of Time in Literature, Culture and Politics (Cambridge UP 2012) considers the unique status of the French Republican calendar in the construction of revolutionary time. She is currently working on two book-length projects, both concerning the aesthetics and politics of time. The first considers the theatrical and fictional origins of human rights in eighteenth-century France.  The second reconsiders the French Revolution as a performance event in order to explore the links between the political and aesthetic avant-garde.  She has also published on 17th and 18th-century French theatre, encyclopedias, censorship, exemplary history and various aspects of the French Revolution.

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 module on 'Rights before Human Rights: Eighteenth-Century Theories and Representations', sections of the MA core course in French Literature and Culture and Critical Methodologies and a variety of undergraduate modules including Shadows of Enlightenment and The French Revolution Effect (with Dr Rosa Mucignat of Comparative Literature commencing in 2015/16).

Expertise and public engagement
  • Director of Centre for Enlightenment Studies at King's (2015/16)
  • Engaged in an ongoing collaboration with the British multi-media and performance artist Stuart Brisley, his frequent collaborator Maya Balcioglu and the writer Tony White (Creative-Entrepreneur-in-Residence 2013/14).  This collaboration has resulted in several publications and public talks:  Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark; Oxford Modern; MAC Belfast (upcoming) and radio interviews
  • Radio interview about recent book 
  • Talk at Parasol Gallery, London on 'Time and Repetition' (January 2012)
  • OUP blog on Bastille Day 2013.
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