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Professor Terence Cave

Professor Terence Cave

Emeritus Research Fellow

Email: Professor Terence Cave

Research Interests

I have devoted most of my career to the study of early modern French literature and thought. Among my major publications in this area are the following: ‘Devotional Poetry in France 1570-1613’ (Cambridge University Press, 1969), ‘The Cornucopian Text: Problems of Writing in the French Renaissance’ (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1979 and reprints; French translation 1997), ‘Pré-histoires: textes troublés au seuil de la modernité’ (Geneva, Droz, 1999), ‘Pré-histoires II: langues étrangères et troubles économiques au XVIe siècle’ (Geneva, Droz, 2001), and ‘How to Read Montaigne’ (London, Granta Books, 2007). I am the editor of ‘Thomas More's “Utopia” in Early Modern Europe: Paratexts and Contexts’ (Manchester University Press, 2008) and have translated and edited Madame de Lafayette's ‘La Princesse de Clèves’, ‘La Princesse de Montpensier’ and ‘La Comtesse de Tende’ for Oxford World's Classics (1992).

However, I have always taken a wider interest in European literature and the history of poetics. My principal contributions here include ‘Recognitions: A Study in Poetics’ (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1988 and reprints) and ‘Mignon’s Afterlives: Crossing Cultures from Goethe to the Twenty-First Century’ (Oxford University Press, 2011). I have also prepared editions of George Eliot's ‘Daniel Deronda’ (Penguin Books, 1995) and ‘Silas Marner’ (Oxford World's Classics, 1996). Together with Sarah Kay and Malcolm Bowie, I am the joint author of ‘A Short History of French Literature’ (Oxford University Press, 2003).

In December 2001, I took early retirement in order to concentrate on my research. I am currently director of the Balzan Interdisciplinary Seminar ‘Literature as an Object of Knowledge’, based at St John’s College Research Centre, and am writing a book provisionally entitled ‘Thinking with Literature’ on ways of integrating cognitive research into mainstream readings of literature. I am also a reader for the new Penguin translation of Henrik Ibsen’s principal plays.

Contact details

St John's College
St. Giles, Oxford OX1 3JP
Work Tel: 01865 277300
Fax: 01865 277435
University of Oxford