Dr Stephen Goddard

Modern Languages
Lecturer in French


MA in Classics and Modern Languages (Latin and French) (Oxon), DPhil in French (Oxon).

Academic Background

I read Classics and Modern Languages (Latin and French) as an undergraduate at St John’s College, Oxford, and was awarded a first class degree with congratulations of the examiners. My doctoral thesis, also at St John’s, was on Flaubert and the literature of classical antiquity.

Undergraduate Teaching

I teach French language (prose and unseen translation, grammar and essays) and French literature, especially in the modern period (approx. 1715 onwards), but also covering all French prelims texts.

Research Interests

My main research interests are in the French 19th century novel, especially the work of Flaubert; I am currently adapting my doctoral thesis for publication. I also have an interest in, and have presented papers or lectured on, the work of Baudelaire and the reception of classical tragedy in 20th century French drama.

Publications include:

Flaubert and the Literature of Classical Antiquity (forthcoming); articles on Baudelaire’s ‘Le Cygne’, mythical imagery in Flaubert’s work, etc.; reviews of various publications on Flaubert and of other 19th-century related books.


Birdwatching and nature observation, travel.