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Caroline Godard

Research Areas

Renaissance and early modern studies, history of the book, memory, the senses, affect theory, ethics and/of literature 


I’m a second-year PhD student in French with a Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. My research focuses on text-image studies, technological and literary forms of invention, and the relations between media, memory, and community. While my work is situated within the early modern period - especially the sixteenth century - I value transhistorical and transnational approaches to the humanities as a whole. Accordingly, I’m also interested in present-day iterations of these ‘Renaissance’ ideas, such as contemporary life writing, philosophies of community (especially the work of Jean-Luc Nancy), and social media theory. 

I graduated from Miami University in 2019 with a BA in French and English Literature and an MA in French. From 2019-20, I read for an MSt in Modern Languages at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. I finished my Oxford degree with a Distinction, having also won the department's Gerard Davis Prize for the best MSt dissertation on a topic in French literary studies.

When I’m not reading and writing (or procrastinating), you can find me playing tennis, doodling, watching films, and learning about music. More information about me, including a CV, is available at My pronouns are she/her/hers.