Dr Charles Samuelson
Teaching Fellow in Pre-Modern French Studies
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1526
Address Department of French
King's College London
Room 4.18 Virginia Woolf Building
London WC2B 6LE
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.
- Medieval French literature (12th-15th centuries)
- Queer theory
- Verse romance
- “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).
At King’s, Charles teaches a range of modules, from introductory modules on French literature to more advanced classes on medieval French literature.