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I studied BA French and Russian and MA Early Modern Studies at UCL. Currently I am researching Hortense Mancini and the Mazarin salon as an AHRC-funded PhD student in the French department under the supervision of Professor Nicholas Hammond.

My thesis explores the cultural output of the Mazarin salon and the French diaspora in seventeenth-century London. Drawing together the salon’s correspondence, publications, and performances, I investigate how confessional, national, and linguistic divides are navigated to forge a supportive literary network. Since many of the habitués were French exiles and refugees, my research examines this body of exile literature that gives rise to a thriving locus of Anglo-French exchange. 

Other academic interests

Early modern French literature

Early modern salons

Early modern women and women's writing

Ovid and the reception of Ovid


Department: French
Supervisor: Professor Nicholas Hammond
College: Corpus Christi
AHRC subject area: French
Title of thesis: Reconstructing the Mazarin Salon: Confession, Collaboration and Cosmopolitanism in seventeenth-century London
 Anna-Lisa  Nicholson