MA (Cantab), PhD (London)
Fellow and Tutor in French, Lecturer in French, Faculty of Modern Languages

Academic Background

Caroline Warman studied French and Italian at Trinity College, Cambridge, and went on to obtain a PhD on Sade and eighteenth-century French materialism at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London (1998). She held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (1999-2001) in which she worked on the cultural histories of cholera, consumption and nostalgia. She was thereafter a Lecturer at the University of Nottingham and a Research Assistant on the PORT project at the Institute of Romance Studies, University of London. She came to Oxford in 2003 to teach French at Exeter College and has been the Zeitlyn Fellow in French at Jesus since 2005. She is also an Affiliate of the Centre for the History of European Discourses, University of Queensland.

Undergraduate Teaching

Contemporary French language, French literature and thought of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. Special subjects taught: Rousseau, Women's Writing.

Postgraduate Teaching

Diderot, the Encyclopédie, clandestine and libertine writing, Sade, the history of materialism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Women's Writing, especially Isabelle de Charrière.

Research, Translation and Dissemination

As above, especially eighteenth-century techniques of clandestine communication, materialism in thought, literature, medicine and the emerging sciences 1700-1900. She is currently preparing a book on the Diderot’s supposedly incomplete and unread Eléments de physiologie and is contributing chapters on eighteenth-century French Literature for CUP’s forthcoming Companion to French Literature, edited by John Lyons, and on Pre-Romantic French Thought for OUP’s forthcoming Oxford Handbook to European Romanticism, edited by Paul Hamilton.

Caroline collaborated with Phoebe von Held and Finn Fordham to translate and adapt Diderot's La Religieuse for stage (performed February 20 - March 20 2003, Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow) and has completed a further translation, also with Phoebe von Held, of Le Rêve de d'Alembert, which will be made into an experimental film, integrating interviews with modern geneticists with a rotoscoped dramatisation of Diderot's visionary text and animation of his extraordinary metaphors. With Kate Tunstall she edited and translated a selection of Marian Hobson’s most important essays, Diderot and Rousseau: Networks of Enlightenment (SVEC, 2011), and, also with Kate, has published a new translation of Diderot's Rameau’s Nephew (Open Book Publishers, 2014), which can be read for free online here. Her translation of Isabelle de Charrière’s short fictions, The Nobleman and Other Romances came out in 2012 with Penguin Classics.

She has contributed to Melvyn Bragg’s Radio 4 In Our Time programmes on ‘The Encyclopédie’, ‘Materialism’, and 'Candide', and, with Kate Tunstall, co-wrote and co-presented four short programmes on Diderot as part of The Essay: Enlightenment Voices, BBC Radio 3, producer Beaty Rubens.

Selected Publications

Diderot and L'Encyclopédie

« Diderot et Cabanis physiologues moralistes : dialogue et dissémination », L’âme et le corps réinventés, in Médecine, sciences de la vie et littérature en France et en Europe de la Révolution à nos jours, ed. Lise Dumasy-Queffélec and Hélène Spengler (Geneva : Droz, 2014), 3 vols, vol.2, p.27-42.

'Caught Between Neologism and the Unmentionable: The Politics of Naming and Non-naming in 1790s France' in Naming, Unnaming, and Renaming, ed. Kate E. Tunstall and Wilda Anderson, special issue, Romance Studies 31 (3-4), Nov 2013, p.264-276. Available from Maney Online.

'L’âme et la vie de l’organe dans la pensée vitaliste de Bordeu, Diderot et Bichat' in Repenser le vitalisme, ed. Pascal Nouvel (Paris : Presses universitaires de France, 2011), p.157-165.

'Intimate, deprived, uncivilised: Diderot and the publication of the private moment' in Representing private lives of the Enlightenment, ed. Andrew Kahn, SVEC 2010:11 (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2010), p.35-51. This article has been re-published in French as 'Diderot et la publication du moment privé' in the journal Europe 1014 (Oct 2013), p.31-50, in a special issue to mark the tricentenary of Diderot’s birth.

'Les Eléments de physiologie de Diderot : inconnus ou clandestins? Le cas de Garat' in Les Lumières en mouvement : la circulation des idées au XVIIIe siècle, ed. Isabelle Moreau (Lyon, ENS, 2009), p.65-87.

'Chains of influence, chains of allusion: case studies of clandestine rhetoric in and around the Encyclopédie' in The Discursive Culture: reaction and interaction, text and context, ed. and introduction Mark Darlow and Caroline Warman, SVEC 2007:6, p.65-82.


Sade: from materialism to pornography, SVEC 2002:1 (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2002).

'L’affaire de Justine et l’échec de la clandestinité' in Sade, l’inconnu? Nouvelles approches critiques, ed. Nicholas Cronk and Manuel Mühlbacher, special issue Romance Studies 32 (3), July 2014, p. 159-70. Available from Maney Online.

'Sade et les sciences : parcours d’un engagement matérialiste', in Sade : sciences, savoirs et invention romanesque, ed. Adrien Paschoud et Alexandre Wenger (Paris : Hermann, 2012), p.9-25.

« ‘Un petit homme court et gros, âgé de trente-cinq ans, d’une vigueur incompréhensible, velu comme un ours': les figures du philosophe chez Sade » in Les Figures du philosophe dans les lettres anglaises et françaises (XVIe-XVIIIe siècles), ed. Alexis Tadié (Paris : Presses Universitaires de Paris Ouest, 2010), p.189-199.

'Indices de la clandestinité' in Sade en toutes lettres. Autour d'Aline et Valcour, ed. Michel Delon and Catriona Seth (Paris: Desjonquères, 2004), p.70-77.

'Matérialisme et éthique: Sade animateur de la vertu newtonienne' in Lire Sade, ed. Norbert Sclippa (Paris: L'Harmattan, 2004), p.93-105.

'Modèles violents et sensations fortes dans la genèse de l'oeuvre de Sade' in L'épicurisme, ed. Anne Deneys-Tunney and Pierre-François Moreau, Dix-huitième siècle 35 (2003), p.231-239.

'The ironic encounters of the Marquis de Sade and Jane Austen' at

Materialism and the History of Discourses

'From pre-normal to abnormal: the emergence of a concept in late eighteenth-century France,' in The natural and the normal in the history of sexuality, ed. Peter Cryle and Lisa Downing, Special Issue of Psychology and Sexuality, 1:3 (September 2010), p.200-213. Reprinted in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity: An Anthology, edited by Mark Carrigan, Kristina Gupta, and Todd G. Morrison (Routledge, 2014), p.107-120.

'« La cristallisation à la mode », ou, vocabulaire de la matière amoureuse' in Stendhal et la femme, ed. Lucy Garnier, special issue of L’Année stendhalienne 8 (2009), p. 35-50.

'From Lamarck to Aberration: Nature, Hierarchies, and Gender' in Femininity and the construction of Sexual Pathologies, 1730-1920, ed. Peter Cryle and Lisa Downing, Journal of the History of Sexuality, 18:1 (2009), p.8-25.

'What's behind a face? Lavater versus the anatomists' in Physiognomy in Profile: Lavater's Impact on European Culture, ed. Melissa Percival and Graham Tytler (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2005), p.94-108.

'René and the mal du siècle: a literary role model for the negotiation of problematic sexual identity in nineteenth-century Europe - the cases of Custine and Amiel' in National Healths: Gender, Sexuality and Health in a Cross-Cultural Context, ed. Michael Worton and Nana Wilson-Tagoe (London: UCL Press, 2004), p.201-210.

'Charts and Signposts: Following Vitalism and Mechanism through the Encyclopédie (1754-1772), the Encyclopédie méthodique (1787-1830) and the Dictionaire [sic] des sciences médicales (1812-1822)' in Vitalism and Mechanism, ed. Mariana Saad, La Lettre de la Maison française d'Oxford, 14 (2001), p.85-104.


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Classics and Modern Languages
English and Modern Languages
European and Middle Eastern Languages
History and Modern Languages
Modern Languages
Modern Languages and Linguistics
Philosophy and Modern Languages

See also Faculty of Modern Languages website.