- Professor of French
- Honors Faculty Fellow
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
Paul Scott is 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 speculative fiction and SF television shows from the USA, France, and South Korea. 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), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (elected 2020), and a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (elected 2023). 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. The book analyzes the phenomenon of the rational zombie in television shows from France, South Korea, the UK, the USA, and Australia.
- Early modern studies
- Seventeenth-century France
- Ancien Régime
- Fairy tales
- Twentieth-century science fiction
- SF television shows
- Religion and Spirituality
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
Zombies, Aliens, Monsters
Identity, Absolutism, and Power in France, 1589-1715
Introduction to French Literature
French Science Fiction and Fantasy
Selected Publications —
Co-editor, with Christina Lord, of a special issue of European Comic Art themed on Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières’s Valérian et Laureline science-fiction comic series (vol 18.1, 2025).
“Neither Human nor Monster: The Rise of the K-Superzombie,” forthcoming in The Post Zombie: The Current and Future State of the Walking Dead, eds. Kyle William Bishop, C. Wylie Lenz, and Angela Tenga (McFarland, 2024).
“‘On n’est pas dans Black Mirror!’: Ambivalent Optimism in Osmosis” forthcoming in FrenchScreen Studies (2024). Appeared as advance publication.
Critical edition of Gaspard Olivier, Herménégilde, in Le Théâtre provincial en France au XVIIe siècle, vol. I, eds. Bénédicte Louvat-Molozay and Pierre Pasquier (Paris: Garnier), forthcoming in late 2023.
Blaise Pascal, Pensées, ed. Pierre Zoberman (Washington DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2023), translator of fragments 22, 29, 44, 54, 55, 57, 58, 60.
Co-editor, with Nicholas Hammond, of a special issue of Œuvres et Critiques (vol. 47.2, 2022), the first study devoted to French novelist Philippe Besson.
“D’un voile d’amitié j’ai couvert mon amour’: Homoerotic Subtexts in Racine’s Bérénice,” Racine’s Roman Tragedies: Essays on Britannicus and Bérénice,” eds. Nicholas Hammond and Paul Hammond (Leiden: Brill, 2022), 218-39.