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Life in Early Modernity

At Cambridge I am working on a project funded by the British Academy that was initially titled 'What makes life worth living in early modern France?', and is now the basis for a book called Surviving the Renaissance. It explores representations of life and living in French writing between c. 1550-1650, in ethical, natural-scientific, and literary terms. 

One of the first pieces of research I did for this project was on descriptions of life as 'languishing' in early modern poetry. After the New York Times declared in 2021 that languishing was the prevailing post-pandemic emotion, I went on the Cambridge Thoughtlines podcast to discuss languishing, then and now.

Listen here.

My most recent academic publication on the 'politics of living' is available on open access here.

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