St John's College Oxford
Dr Jennifer Rushworth

Dr Jennifer Rushworth

Junior Research Fellow in Modern Languages


I completed a D.Phil. at Worcester College on ‘Discourses of Mourning in Dante, Petrarch, and Proust’, and have longstanding interests in comparative literature, psychoanalysis, theory, and the relationship between medieval and modern texts. I have published on Proust and Dante together, and on the role of music in Proust. I have taught translation from Italian into English, given tutorials on medieval Italian and modern French authors, and lectured on Petrarch’s Latin works.

Research Interests

I am pursuing a research project entitled ‘Transformations of Petrarch from Sade to Proust’, which explores the reception of the fourteenth-century Italian poet Petrarch in French culture of the long nineteenth century. I focus particularly on: the publication and translation of Petrarch’s works (both Italian and Latin) in France in this period; geographical and genealogical motives for the claimed construction of a French Petrarch; wider formal issues (the influence of Petrarch the poet on the development of the modern French novel); medievalism more generally.