Lecturer in French

Melanie J. Florence

  • I grew up in Scotland before studying at Somerville College, Oxford, where I gained my BA in French and German and an MPhil in European Literature, and then went on to doctoral research.

  • I have since held a variety of teaching and research posts at the universities of Warwick, Manchester and Oxford.

  • My specialisms are the French and German mediaeval courtly romance, nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature, and translation.

  • Since 2011, I have been also been active as a literary and academic translator from French and German.

Melanie Florence


I currently teach translation from French to English, generally for first-year students. I also teach on the final-year special subject ‘Advanced French Translation: theory and practice’. For other colleges, I occasionally teach the medieval text on the first-year literature course, and the ‘Medieval Romance’ paper for students of English Language and Literature: course II.

Selected Publications

Re-presenting set-piece description in the courtly romance: Hartmann’s adaptation of Chrétien’s Erec et Enide, in Aspects of the Performative in Medieval Culture, edited by Manuele Gragnolati & Almut Suerbaum (Berlin, 2010), pp. 221-244

Le Conte del graal of Chretien de Troyes’, in Pagans and Christians — from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. Papers presented to Martin Henig on the occasion of his 65th birthday, ed. Lauren Gilmour (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2007), pp. 259-64

Description as intertextual reference: Chretien’s Yvain and Hartmann’s Iwein’, Forum for Modern Language Studies, 29 (1993), 1-17


Pascal Garnier, The A26 (Gallic Books, 2013)

Jean Teulé, The Poisoning Angel (Gallic Books, 2014)

Pascal Garnier, Boxes (Gallic Books, 2015)

Pascal Garnier, Low Heights (Gallic Books, August 2017)

Frédéric Dard, The Gravediggers’ Bread (Pushkin Vertigo, June 2018)

Yehuda Moraly, Dream Projects in Theatre, Novels and Films: The Works of Paul Claudel, Jean Genet, and Federico Fellini (Sussex Academic Press, 2020)

Modern Languages and Linguistics
Melanie Florence