Please tell us about your research project.
I am working on the 14th century theologian John Wyclif and the dissent movement following his ideas, the Lollards. I am translating a series of Lollard poems, from Middle English to French, which are part of the “Piers Plowman Tradition”. In addition to these translations, I am analising the historical, philosophical and theological contents of the poems to determine how Lollards used Wyclif's ideas to demand reforms in the Church and society.
Could you please tell us a bit more about this scholarship/exchange programme?
I’m here thanks to the hosting program organised by the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris, which sends one of its students to Oxford for one term or an entire year to the Maison Française d'Oxford. This program allows us to access all the Bodleian Libraries as well as the University and contact professors of the University of Oxford to help us with our research.
First impressions of Oxford / the University?
Younger, I told my family that one day I would come and study in Oxford. And what a pleasure to be finally here! The city is what I have always expected: old, big and beautiful buildings, libraries and bookshops, museums, historical places like Oxford Castle or Tolkien's Old House and nature all around. The University offers a large range of seminars and events and whether they are related to your research or not, they are all very interesting! I'm glad that the Maison Française is close to the city center and most of the Universities facilities (15 minutes walk max) because it allows me to fully experience and enjoy Oxford.