School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)


Dr Thibaut Maus de Rolley

Dr Thibaut Maus de Rolley


1-4 Malet Place


  • Senior Lecturer
    Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL


Research interests: Renaissance literature and thought; comparative literature (French, Italian, Spanish, English); narrative fiction; early modern demonology and witchcraft; literature and demonology; travel writing; imaginary voyages and alternative worlds (especially lunar travel narratives); literature and geography; the early modern imagination of space; history of science.

I currently work on two related fields: (a) the interactions between demonological and geographical knowledge in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a period which is both the 'Age of Discovery' and the 'Age of Demonology'; (b) the study of a series of documents (court records, printed and manuscript confessions, pamphlets, accounts of exorcisms) related to the 'affaire Gaufridy', a French case of demonic possession and witchcraft (Aix-en-Provence, 1609-1611) that led to the conviction and execution of the priest Louis Gaufridy.  

My book Elévations (Geneva: Droz, 2011) deals only partly with the devil. It traces an interdisciplinary 'pre-history' of aerial and cosmic voyages in French and European Renaissance literature, from Ariosto's Orlando furioso (1516-32) to Kepler's Somnium (1609-34), at the cross-roads between narrative fiction (epic poetry, chivalric romance, satire) and learned discourses (in particular cosmography, astronomy and demonology).

Award year Qualification Institution
2009 PhD
French and European Literature
Universite de la Sorbonne (Paris IV)
2002 MA
Master of Arts
French and European Literature
Universite de la Sorbonne (Paris IV)
1998 BA
Bachelor of Arts
French and European Literature
Universite de la Sorbonne (Paris IV)

BA (Sorbonne, 1998), ‘Agrégation’ (ENS Lyon, 2000), MA (Paris 8/Sorbonne, 2002), PhD in French and Comparative Literature (Sorbonne, 2009). Former scholar of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (1995-2003).

Before joining UCL in 2012, I taught in Montreal (Université de Montréal, 2001-02) and Paris (Sorbonne, 2003-07) as a postgraduate teaching assistant and teaching fellow, and in Oxford as a Besse Senior Scholar (Worcester College, 2007-10) and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages and Oriel College, 2010-12).

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