Dr. Paul Scott

Associate Professor of French
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2054
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594



PhD, Durham University, UK

MA in Seventeenth-Century Studies (with Distinction)

BA (Hons) in Modern European Languages (French, German, Italian)


Paul Scott is an associate professor of French and an affiliate faculty member of the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas, where he has taught since 2004. His research program focuses on subversion during the Ancien Régime and also works on the subversive potential of science fiction, with a particular focus on French literary SF andrSF television shows. He is joint general editor of The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies (published by Brill). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (elected 2010), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (elected 2019), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (elected 2020). He is currently working on a book-length project, Cognitive Cadavers: The Evolution of the TV Zombie, analyzing the phenomenon of the rational zombie in television shows from France, the UK, the USA, and Australia.

Recent and Selected Publications

Gaspard Olivier, Herménégilde, in Le Théâtre provincial en France au XVIIe siècle, vol. I, ed. Bénédicte Louvat-Molozay and Pierre Pasquier (Paris: Garnier). In progress; under contract for fall 2020.

Comte d’Ételan, Works, Critical Texts, 32 (London: Modern Humanities Research Association). ISBN 978-1-907322-40-2. First ever edition of this poet’s complete works. In progress; under contract for fall 2020.

“Aliens and Alienation in Pierre Boulle’s La Planète des singes,” forthcoming in Romance Studies.

“‘On n’est pas dans Black Mirror!’: Osmosis as French Science Fiction,” forthcoming in French Screen Studies.

“Corneille’s Character Failure: The Problematic Portrayal of Sévère in Polyeucte,” forthcoming in Forum for Modern Language Studies 56.2 (2020).

“Interplanetary Intimacy: Alien-Human Love in J.-H. Rosny aîné’s Martian Novels,” under consideration.

Co-editor with Antje Ziethen, special issue of Œuvres et Critiques (vol. 44.2, 2019) on “La science-fiction en langue française”.

“From Contagion to Cogitation: The Evolving TV Zombie,” Science Fiction Studies 47 (2020), 93-110.

“Corneille’s Character Failure: The Problematic Portrayal of Sévère in Polyeucte,” forthcoming in Forum for Modern Language Studies 56.1 (2020).

“Heroism and Homoeroticism in Madame d’Aulnoy’s Belle Tales,” forthcoming in Early Modern French Studies 42 (2020).

“Authenticity and Textual Transvestism in the Memoirs of the Abbé de Choisy,” French Studies 69 (2015), 14-29.

“Rites of Wrong: Confessors’ Manuals and Sins of the Flesh in Eighteenth-Century France,” in Sex Education in Eighteenth-Century France, ed. Shane Agin, Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, 2011:09 (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2011), 46-63.

“La spiritualité d’un ancien mondain: les Tableaux de la pénitence d’Antoine Godeau,” Cahiers Tristan l’Hermite 32 (2010), 110-23.

Recent Graduate Courses Taught

Studies in French Science Fiction

Studies in the Seventeenth-Century (Molière, Mirth, and Modernity)

Seminar in French (Le spectacle dans le Grand Siècle)

Seminar in French (French Science Fiction, 17th-21st Centuries)

Recent Undergraduate Courses Taught

Aliens, Monsters, and the Monstrous in the French Imagination

Identity, Absolutism, and Power in France, 1589-1715

Introduction to French Literature

Studies in French Literature: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Areas of Interest

Early modern studies; seventeenth-century France; Ancien Régime; fairy tales; science fiction; SF television shows; theater; religion and spirituality; subversion.


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