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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:

Teaching interests

Having studied, tutored and lectured at a range of institutions, my thinking and pedagogical approach have been enriched by different learning methods, course modules and class dynamics. I have taught language, literature, current affairs and history. My work at The Open University has also led me to focus on Second Language Acquisition and intercultural communication and I endeavour to integrate these different areas of research into my teaching.

My experience teaching and lecturing ranges the all years of undergraduate programmes and includes undergraduates, Masters’ students and agrégatifs in France. I have taught one-to-one sessions, class groups from four to thirty-five students and lectured to the whole student body undergraduates. I have also taught online language classes. My classes have been conducted both in French and in English.

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.  

External collaborations

Research Associate for the Parisian Soundscapes Project

Routledge Translation book (co-authored with Dr. Christophe Gagne, University of Cambridge).

I am guest co-editor for a special edition of Early Modern French Studies ('Vile Beings, Bodies and Objects in Early Modern France').


[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)
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