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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Rebecca Sugden

Dr Rebecca Sugden
College Lecturer in French
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 332415

Gonville & Caius College
Trinity Street
United Kingdom


Following a research fellowship at Gonville & Caius College, Rebecca took up her post as College Lecturer in French in October 2020. She studied French and Spanish at Murray Edwards College, graduating with a double starred First in 2014, and completed her MPhil in European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures (2014-15) and her PhD in French (2015-18) at St John’s College.

Rebecca’s work has been awarded the Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association’s Larry Schehr Memorial Award (2019) and Naomi Schor Memorial Award (2016), the Society of Dix Neuviémistes’ Postgraduate Prize (2018) and Publication Prize (2019), and the George Sand Association Memorial Prize (2019).

Teaching interests: 

Rebecca teaches and examines across all parts of the MML Tripos, including:

Fr1 (‘Introduction to French Literature, Linguistics, Film and Thought’)

FrB2 (‘Translation from French’)

Fr5 (‘Revolutions in Writing, 1700-1900’)

Year Abroad Projects

Fr11 (‘Gender, Desire and Power in Nineteenth-Century French Literature’)


She also supervises and examines postgraduate students specialising in nineteenth-century French literature and culture for the MPhil in European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures.

Research interests: 

Rebecca specialises in nineteenth-century French literature and culture, with a particular interest in the relationship between the novel and the political history of the period. Her current book project draws on range of authors to address the interplay between conspiracy theory and cultural production in July Monarchy France (1830-48). More broadly, Rebecca maintains research interests in cultural history, literary theory, and the history of French thought.