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Professor Simon Gaunt

Honorary Fellow

Former Fellow, Director of Studies, and Tutor (1988-98)

Simon Gaunt is Professor of French Language and Literature at King's College London. After a BA and PhD at the University of Warwick, and a research fellowship at Downing College (1986-88), he was Official Fellow, Director of Studies in Modern and Medieval Languages, and tutor at St Catharine's from 1988-98. He is a French medievalist and the author of five books, the most recent of which are Martyrs to Love (2008) and Marco Polo's Le Devisement du Monde (2013). In 2016, he published a new translation of the Song of Roland with OUP.  He chaired the King's French Department for six years and has also been Dean of Arts and Humanities; he was made a Fellow of King's College London in 2015. A former President of the Society for French Studies, Simon currently holds and ERC-Advanced Grant for a project called The Values of French.

  • Troubadours and Irony (Cambridge: CUP, 1989; ppk 2009), 232 pp.
  • Gender and Genre in Medieval French Literature (Cambridge: CUP, 1995; ppk 2005), 372 pp.
  • (with Sarah Kay) The Troubadours: an Introduction (Cambridge: CUP, 1999), 330 pp.
  • (with Ruth Harvey and Linda Paterson) Marcabru: a Critical Edition (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2000), 609 pp.
  • Retelling the Tale: an Introduction to Medieval French Literature (London: Duckworth, 2001; reprinted 2010), 160 pp.
  • Martyrs to Love: Love and Death in Medieval French and Occitan Courtly Literature (Oxford: OUP, 2006), 234 pp.
  • (with Sarah Kay) The Cambridge Companion to Medieval French Literature (Cambridge: CUP, 2008), xxii + 275 pp.
  • Marco Polo’s Le Devisement du Monde: Narrative Voice, Language and Diversity (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2013 ; ppk 2018), 199 pp.
  • (with Karen Pratt) The Song of Roland and Other Poems of Charlemagne (Oxford: OUP, 2016), 242 pp.
Fellow of King's College London 2015; FBA 2018