I am Director of Studies in French for St Catz. I teach all areas of French language and literature to first-year students at the College. To second years and finalists I teach seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature and thought, as well as French language. I also teach on the MSt in the European Enlightenment.

About me

I was educated at a state school in Cardiff, and studied French and Italian at Worcester College, Oxford, where I also completed my Masters and DPhil. I spent two years as a Junior Research Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge, before returning to Oxford and joining St Catherine’s in 2015. I have a particular interest in outreach and widening access, having been involved in the UNIQ summer schools for several years, and given a number of talks to schools. Please contact me if I can be of assistance in similar activities.


I work in the field of eighteenth-century literature and thought, with a particular interest in the ways in which authors create a public image of themselves, both in their lifetime and after their death. My first book examines the French career of the Italian author Carlo Goldoni, and I am now working on a new project relating to the textual commemoration of authors around the French Revolution, which include an edition of plays about the revolutionary Mirabeau. Other interests include celebrity, posterity, anonymity, and socio-historical approaches to literature.

For further information, and a list of publications, see www.jessicagoodman.co.uk

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