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Professor Thomas Wynn


MPhil (Cantab), DPhil (Oxon)

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Professor in the School of Modern Languages and CulturesA38, Elvet Riverside I+44 (0) 191 33 43465
Member of the Centre for Intercultural Mediation +44 (0) 191 33 43465
Member of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture  
Member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies  


My office hours are 9.00-11.00 on Tuesdays. Just drop by my office (A38) or email me so that we can set up a meeting.

My research focuses on theatre, spectatorship and libertinage in early modern French literature and culture.

My monograph Sade's Theatre: Pleasure, Vision, Masochism was published in SVEC in 2007; my critical edition of François II, roi de France, appeared in 2006; and my edition of rare erotic works by Delisle de Sales and Baculard d'Arnaud was published in 2011. In 2013 SVEC published my edited volume on the representations of violence in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, featuring articles on subjects such as Sade, trauma, and the mob in the French Revolution. In addition I have produced numerous critical editions for the Complete Works of Voltaire; my edition of the comedy La Prude waspublished in April 2017.

My translation of the Marquis de Sade's controversial The 120 Days of Sodom appeared with Penguin Classics in September 2016. This volume is the result of collaboration with Dr Will McMorran (Queen Mary, London); The Economist praised this 'excellent translation', calling its introduction 'scholarly and wise'. Will and I blog at thebadbooksblog, and our translation was awarded the prestigious Scott Moncrieff prize in March 2018.

I am currently working on two books; the first is about reading theatre and closet drama in the eighteenth century; the second is about Marie-Catherine Taperet, also known as Madame Lescombat (1728-1755), who achieved immense and enduring fame for her part in the murder of her husband.

I am happy to receive applications for PhDs on topics in late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French literature and culture.


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  • Wynn, Thomas & McMorran, Will (trans.) (2016). Marquis de Sade, The 120 Days of Sodom . Penguin Books

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