I am a second year PhD student at the University of Nottingham, UK. My thesis re-examines the field of ‘libertin’ literature in early seventeenth-century France.

Entitled ‘Freedom and Licence in French Literature 1595-1655,’ my thesis considers subversive and irreligious texts through the lense of polemic. In doing so, I question the meaning of ‘libertin(age)’ when used by both contemporaries and modern critics, with a particular emphasis on word history from the Latin ‘libertinus’ and the Biblical ‘synagogia libertinorum.’ I also suggest links between accepted libertin texts and other texts dealing with controversial subjects, such as witchcraft and the duel.

My wider research interests within early modern French studies include utopian literature, demonology and the works of Cyrano de Bergerac.

For other updates on my research, or to contact me, please feel free to make use of the below:



Email: adam.horsley@nottingham.ac.uk


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