Richard Parish

BA Newc, MA, DPhil Oxf, Commandeur dans l’ordre des palmes académiques
Dean of Degrees


I teach the entire French first-year syllabus, as well as language classes in second and final years.  Of the core papers, I teach the early-modern options as well as some 20th-century texts.

Research and graduate supervision

My research interests lie principally in the early-modern period, and I have published extensively on 17th-century neo-classical theatre (Racine, Molière) and on Catholic writing in the same period (Pascal, Bossuet).  In 2009 I delivered the Bampton Lectures on aspects of the French Counter-Reformation and in 2013 gave an invited paper at the British Academy on the Imitation of Christ in France.  I am currently beginning a project on the Mémoires of the duc de Saint-Simon.  The topics of my research students, past and present, have reflected these emphases.