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Dr Charles Samuelson

Teaching Fellow in Pre-Modern French Studies

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1526
Email 
charles.samuelson@kcl.ac.uk
Address
 Department of French
King's College London
Room 4.18 Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6LE

Biography

Charles is in the final stages of completing his dissertation in medieval French at Princeton University. His research uses modern narrative theory, de-construction, and queer theory, as well as medieval rhetoric and ethics, to open up new readings of vernacular texts from the High to the Late Middle Ages. More specifically, his dissertation examines the two most prominent lyrico-narrative genres of the French Middle Ages, studying verse romances and the dits together. Charles argues that their juxtaposition highlights the starting queerness—defined with such thinkers as Butler and Edelman as the resistance to any stable conception of identity or figuration—characteristic of both. 

Research interests
  • Medieval French literature (12th-15th centuries)
  • De-construction
  • Queer theory
  • Verse romance
  • Dits
Selected publications
  • “De la filiation à la subversion: les modalités et enjeux des répétitions dans Aucassin et Nicolette et le Roman de Silence.Florilegium 32 (2015).
  • “The Beast That Therefore Chrétien Is: The Poetics, Logic, and Ethics of Beastliness in Yvain.Exemplaria 27.4 (2015).
  • “Queering Temporality and the Gender Binary in Flamenca.” Postmedieval: a Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies 7.3 (2016).
  • “William Boyd (1952--).” British Writers, suppl. XVI. Ed. Jay Parini (2010).
Teaching

At King’s, Charles teaches a range of modules, from introductory modules on French literature to more advanced classes on medieval French literature.

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