School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)


Dr Jane Gilbert

Dr Jane Gilbert


158, first floor, Malet Place 1-4
Department of French
UCL, Gower St


  • Senior Lecturer
    Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL


I research on medieval French and English literature, both separately and comparatively. I am always particularly interested in relations between medieval literature and modern critical theory (especially but not exclusively francophone).

Within critical theory, I have long-standing interests in the following: Narcissus, mirrors, doubles and the uncanny; living death; the other within; Antigone; Lacanian psychoanalysis.

Within medieval literature, I was a co-investigator on the AHRC-funded project, Medieval Francophone Literature Outside France, www.medievalfrancohone.ac.uk. I am interested especially in links between northern France and the Low Countries, and also in further connections with England, the Rhineland, Savoy, Italy, Outremer and Byzantium. The themes that attract me are especially translatio and metamorphosis, legendary histories and their relation to fiction, ways of thinking about community, and prophecy.

Award year Qualification Institution
1993 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Cambridge
1989 P.Grad Dip
Postgraduate Diploma
History of Art
Courtauld Institute of Art, London
1987 BA Hons
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos
University of Cambridge

My undergraduate degree was in English and French at King's College, Cambridge, after which I worked in the bookshop at the Tate Gallery and studied medieval Art History at the Courtauld Institute before returning to Cambridge to do my PhD on doubles and doubling in medieval French and English narratives. After a Junior Research Fellowship at Murray Edwards College (then New Hall), I came to UCL in 1997.

Office Hours: on sabbatical leave in Term 1