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Dr Emilia Wilton-Godberfforde

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Professional biography

Emilia Wilton-Godberfforde (MA (Oxon) PhD, MPhil (Cantab))
I joined  the Open University as a Lecturer in French in 2014 and have worked across various modules currently offered at the Open University (including L192, L211, L120 and L310 ). I have been module team chair for L211 and Course Director and tutor for the Residential School in Vernon. I have also worked on the team to write material for the new MA in Translation and produced material for OpenLearn. 

Before joining the Open University, I taught French literature, language, grammar and translation at the University of Cambridge where I was Research Fellow at Clare Hall College, Cambridge. I have also taught at Queen Mary, Paris VII and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon.

I completed my Mphil and PhD at the University of Cambridge (Queens' college) and completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Oxford (Oriel College) in French and Italian. 

I am also qualified as a professional interpreter and translator (MA, University of Bath).

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have worked as a Research Associate at the IAS in Princeton. 


Research interests

I have specialised in French theatre in the early modern period. My book, 'Mendacity and the Figure of the Liar in Seventeenth-Century French Comedy' was published in 2017 by Routledge. I have published articles on Molière, Racine, Rotrou, Tristan L'Hermite, Bernard Lamy and Pierre Nicole. Previous research has focused on dramatic theory, reception and audience response; theories of the comic; gender studies and translation studies.

My current research interests include language learning and drama pedagogy, telecollaborative learning, translation, intercultural communication and the digital humanities. My co-authored textbook on translation in French with Christophe Gagne for Routledge will appear in 2020.

I am always keen to supervise PhD students.

In 2020, I am co-running a conference, with a grant I secured from the Language Acts and Wordmalking Project:

Impact and engagement

For the last ten years I have been actively involved in outreach programmes teaching French for Villiers Park Educational trust, an organisation which helps young people reach their full academic potential. As of 2015, I have also given talks and featured in videos for the London Centre for Languages and Culture, partnered with Pembroke College Oxford and The Open University.

For the last five years I have worked for the Prince's Teaching Institute, presenting my research and teaching to MLF teachers around the country.

I have written online resources in French in conjunction with Villiers Park and The British Academy and produced material for the Cambridge University Language Centre.  


[Book Review] La Pratique du spectateur: la médiation des regards dans le théâtre de Thomas Corneille by Par Gaël Le Chevalier (2019-04-31)
Wilton-Godberfforde, Emilia
French Studies, 73(2) (pp. 288-289)

Variations of Vileness: An Introduction (2017-11)
Patterson, Jonathan and Wilton-Godberfforde, Emilia
Early Modern French Studies, 39(2) (pp. 90-98)

Unmasking Falsehood: The Theatrical Pattern of Revelation in Nicole and Lamy (2017-01)
Wilton-Godberfforde, Emilia
Yale French Studies(130) (pp. 38-51)

English to French Translation: A Practical Manual (2020-12-30)
Gagne, Christophe and Wilton-Godberfforde, Emilia
ISBN : 9781138841956 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon

Mendacity and the Figure of the Liar in Seventeenth-Century French Comedy (2017-06-14)
Wilton-Godberfforde, Emilia
Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture
ISBN : 9781472413581 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon

Parisian surgeons of the seventeenth century and the disciplinary emergence of modern medicine (2021)
Wilton-Godberfforde, Emilia
In: Chardin, Jean-Jacques; Corneanu, Sorana and Somerset, Richard eds. Ordering Knowledge: Disciplinarity and the Shaping of European Modernity
Publisher : Manchester University Press

Memories, Fantasies, and Realities of Death in Racine’s Andromaque (2019-12-24)
Wilton-Godberfforde, Emilia
In: Hammond, Nicholas and Harris, Joseph eds. Racine's Andromaque: Absences and Displacements. Faux Titre (pp. 61-78 (In Press))
ISBN : 978-90-04-41506-5 | Publisher : Brill, Rodopi | Published : Leiden

Early Modern French Studies, Vol.39, No.2. Special Issue: Variations of Vileness (2017)
Patterson, Jonathan and Wilton-Godberfforde, Emilia eds.
Publisher : Routledge

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin: Dom Juan, ou le festin de Pierre [Don Juan] (2017-01-25)
Wilton-Godberfforde, Emilia
The Literary Encylopedia