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

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 he also works on the radical potential of science fiction, with a particular focus on French literary SF and SF 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 tentatively entitled Cognitive Cadavers: The Evolution of the TV Zombie under contract with the Contributions to Zombie Studies series of McFarland to appear in 2022. The book analyzes the phenomenon of the rational zombie in television shows from France, the UK, the USA, and Australia.

Recent and Selected Publications

Co-editor with Nicholas Hammond, special issue of Œuvres et Critiques (vol. 47.2, 2022), the first study devoted to French novelist Philippe Besson.

“‘On n’est pas dans Black Mirror!’: Osmosis as French Science Fiction,” forthcoming in French Screen Studies (2022).

“Heroism and Homoeroticism in Madame d’Aulnoy’s Belle Tales,” forthcoming in Early Modern French Studies 42.2 (2020).

“Aliens and Alienation in Pierre Boulle’s La Planète des singes,” Romance Studies 38 (2020), 26-37.

“Corneille’s Character Failure: The Problematic Portrayal of Sévère in Polyeucte,” Forum for Modern Language Studies 56 (2020), 177-96.

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

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

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

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; twentieth-century science fiction; SF television shows; theater; religion and spirituality; subversion.


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