Dr Sarah Jones

Modern Languages
Lecturer in French


BA French and History (King’s College London), MA French Literature and Culture (King’s College London), DPhil Medieval and Modern Languages (University of Oxford)

Academic Background

Sarah Jones joined Christ Church in 2019 after working at New College and the Sub-Faculty of French as a Departmental Lecturer in 2019, after a Stipendiary Lectureship at Hertford College, Oxford (2018-19), Oriel College (2016-17 and 2018-19), and the Medieval and Modern Languages Department as a Seminar Tutor for French sole (2016-19). She holds a BA in French and History from King’s College London, and an MA in French Literature and Culture from King’s College London.

Undergraduate Teaching

Dr Jones teaches the Prelims Papers III and IV, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature on Paper VIII, as well as special authors on Paper XI. She teaches French-English translation in addition to grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary.

Research Interests

Dr Jones’s research seeks to understand the intersection between science, medical practice, and literature in the French nineteenth century. Her doctoral thesis, ‘The Doctor-Patient Relationship and Encounter in Nineteenth-Century French Literature’ (2019), focused on how authors used narrative to understand, manipulate, and undermine contemporary medical science. Her current research is concerned with the discourse surrounding epidemics and contagious disease in the long nineteenth century and draws on a wide range of literary, medical, and scientific discourses. She is also interested in literary theory, the history of medicine, and the philosophy of science.


‘Jeune fille qui ne pleure pas son oiseau mort: Reading Female Puberty in Stendhal’s Lamiel’, Nineteenth- Century French Studies (forthcoming, vol. 50, nos. 1-2, Fall-Winter 2021-22).

Zola’s Fortunate Man: Rereading Doctor Pascal as a Country Doctor’, ‘Critical French Medical Humanities’, ed. by Áine Larkin and Enda McCaffrey, Essays in French Literature and Culture in Australian Journal of French Studies (forthcoming in 2021).

‘Faith, Medicine, and Healing in Zola’s Lourdes’, The Bulletin of the Émile Zola Society, 59-60 (April-October 2019), pp. 26-36.


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