14 March 2012
Venue: ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre, ArtsTwo Building, Mile End Campus
The lecture explores the portrayal of love in French writing (fiction, drama, and moral reflection) of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and especially the way in which love for another person is represented as stimulated and nourished by love of one's self.
Michael Moriarty is Drapers Professor of French at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Peterhouse. He read Modern and Medieval Languages at St John’s College, Cambridge, and was a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, where he directed studies in Modern and Medieval Languages, from 1982 to 1995. From 1995 to 2011 he was Professor of French Literature and Thought at Queen Mary, University of London: he was head of the then School of Modern Languages in 1999/2000 and from 2001 to 2004. Professor Moriarty's publications include Taste and Ideology in Seventeenth-Century France (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), Roland Barthes (Cambridge: Polity, 1991), Early Modern French Thought: the Age of Suspicion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), Fallen Nature, Fallen Selves: Early Modern French Thought II (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), and Disguised Vices: Theories of Virtue in Early Modern French Thought (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.