Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry


Prof Timothy Mathews

Prof Timothy Mathews



  • Professor of French and Comparative Criticism
    Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL


Twentieth and twenty-first century French Literature. Comparative literature and comparative approaches. Translation. French poetry from Baudelaire to the present. Avant-Garde Aesthetics 1900-1945. Relations of literature and visual art. Guillaume Apollinaire, Aimé Césaire, Roland Barthes, Michel Houellebecq. W G Sebald, Cees Noteboom, Orhan Pamuk. Max Ernst, Jean Fautrier, Alberto Giacometti. Literary theory, especially issues of the imaginary. Art writing. Creative critical writing. Art, revolt, witness.

Award year Qualification Institution
1985 MA
Master of Arts
University of Oxford
1984 MA
Master of Arts
French and German
University of Cambridge
1984 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
French Literature
University of Cambridge
1972 BA Hons
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
French and German
University of Cambridge

I was appointed Professor of French at UCL in 1994 and in 2007 I became Professor of French and Comparative Criticism, a change which reflected my growing interest in how one area of specialisation relates to others. In research and teaching I try and think not only about what we know but how we know. In my writing I explore what relating to art can tell us about relating to others.

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