Helen J. Swift


Helen J. Swift Fellow and Tutor, and University Lecturer (CUF) in Medieval French,
Member of the MARGOT Research Group.

Teaching and research interests include Medieval French language and literature, particularly fifteenth-century defence of women literature, responses to the Roman de la rose, transitions from manuscript to print, and text and image; medieval theories of imagination; critical theory; film studies.


Courses in French language and medieval literature, critical theory, and film studies, at both undergraduate and graduate level.


Research interests straddle the late medieval and early modern periods, from the mid-fourteenth to mid-sixteenth centuries, examining
the transition from manuscript to print, especially with regard to
text-image relationships; literary defences of women (la querelle des femmes); reception of Le Roman de la rose; poet-patron relations; and theories of imagination.

Research activities also include the electronic publishing of medieval and early modern French texts.


Responsibilities and activities at college, departmental and University level, especially Outreach and Schools Liaison programmes.

University of Waterloo
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