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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

  • French Revolution
  • Representations of time
  • Philosophy and theories of history

Sanja Perovic specializes in 18th-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; pbk 2015) 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, entitled Dead History/Live Art: Stuart Brisley and Revolutionary Time explores the work of the English multi-media and performance artist Stuart Brisley to consider how live art can be used to think critically about history. She has also published on 17th and 18th-century French theatre, encyclopaedias, 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.


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

  • Co-Director of Centre for Enlightenment Studies at King's
  • 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 (2014); Oxford Modern Art (2014); MAC Belfast (2015).
  • BBC Radio 3 interview with Christopher Cook on Beaumarchais for broadcast of Rossini's Barber of Seville (September 17, 2016)
  • Public Talks at Parasol Gallery (2012), Camden Arts Centre (2015), Glyndebourne Opera (2016)