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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Professor Christopher Prendergast

Professor Emeritus in French and Fellow of the British Academy
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
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King's College 
King's Parade 


Christopher Prendergast specializes in French literature and cultural history, principally of the 19th and 20th centuries. Publications include Signs of the Times: Introductory Readings in Semiotics (co-editor with Stephen Heath and Colin McCabe) 1971; Balzac: Fiction and Melodrama, 1978; The Order of Mimesis, 1986; Paris-Spectacle: Images de Paris dans la peinture au Musée d'Orsay,1987; Nineteenth-Century French Poetry. Introductions to Close Reading (editor and contributor), 1990; Writing the City. Paris and the Nineteenth Century, 1992; An Anthology of World Literature (Co-editor), 1994; Cultural Materialism. Essays on Raymond Williams (editor and contributor), 1995; The Spectacles of Realism: Gender, Body, Genre (co-editor and contributor), 1995; Napoleon and History Painting, 1997; The Triangle of Representation, 2000; Debating World Literature (editor and contributor), 2004; For the People, By the People? Eugene Sue's 'Les Mysteres de Paris', 2004; The Classic: Sainte-Beuve and the Nineteenth-Century Culture Wars, 2007; The Fourteenth of July, 2008; Proust the Skeptic: Mirages and Mad Beliefs, 2013 (along with the earlier The Classic, winner of the Gapper Prize); A History of Modern French Literature: From the Sixteenth Century to the Twentieth Century (editor and contributor), 2017; Counterfactuals: Paths of the Might Have Been, 2019; Living and Dying with Marcel Proust, 2022. He is the general editor of the Penguin translation of Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu (2002). He is also a fellow of Academia Europaea, an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Officier dans l‘Ordre des Palmes académiques.