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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Rebecca Sugden

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

Q5, Tree Court
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 (2011-14), 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 lectures and supervises for a range of language and literature papers for the French section of the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics, including:

  • Fr1 – Introduction to French Literature, Linguistics, Film and Thought
  • FrB2 – Translation from French
  • Fr5 – Revolutions in Writing, 1700-1900
  • Fr11 – Desire and Power in Nineteenth-Century French Culture
  • MPhil in European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures – Core Course in Critical Theory; Marginalities in Nineteenth-Century European Culture

Rebecca also supervises Year Abroad Projects, Optional Dissertations, MPhil essays and theses on topics in nineteenth-century French literature and visual culture.


Research interests: 

Rebecca specialises in nineteenth-century French literature, with a particular interest in the relationship between the novel and the political history of the period. More broadly, she maintains research interests in literary theory, and the history of French thought. Rebecca is completing a book on the interplay between narrative fiction and conspiracy thinking in July Monarchy France (1830-48). She is also tentatively beginning work on her next project, a cultural history of simplicity in nineteenth-century France, which will be supported by a CRASSH Early Career Fellowship in 2022-23.

For regular updates, including her CV, please see Rebecca’s page.