R. Gapper postgraduate essay prize

The Society awards an annual prize for an essay in English or French, of fewer than 6000 words, on any subject within the scope of French studies.

The award will be for outstanding academic merit at postgraduate level, and the judges will be a subcommittee of the Trustees of the Society.

The award includes:

  • a cash prize of £750
  • expenses-paid travel to the next annual conference of the Society for French Studies
  • mention in the French Studies Bulletin and on the Society's website
Le Portrait parle. Source: Library of Congress
Le Portrait parle. Source: Library of Congress

2018 Recipients

Winner: Madeleine Chalmers

Project ‘The Surreal Technics of André Breton and Gilbert Simondon'
Institution University of Oxford

Runner up: Rebecca Sugden

Project 'Sand and Rancière: Artisan Socialism and the Inadequacies of Idealism’
Institution University of Cambridge

Previous recipients


Winner: Charlotte Thevenet

Project Réponse du 'Juif' à l'antisémite: Derrida, commentateur de Hegel et Genet'
Institution University College London

Runner up: Liam Lewis

Project Sight, Sound, and the 'Cri' of the Mandrake in the Bestiary by Philippe de Thaon
Institution University of Warwick

Runner up: Rebecca Sugden

Project Malicious Fictions and Secret Histories in Balzac's Une ténébreuse affaire
Institution University of Cambridge


Winner: ​Daisy Gudmunsen

Project ‘On the Representation of Jewishness in Denis Guénoun’s Un Sémite and Jacques Derrida’s Le Monolinguisme de l’autre’​
Institution King’s College London

Runner up: Vittoria Fallanca

Project ‘The Design of the Essais: Montaigne and the language of "dessein"'
Institution University of Oxford


Winner: Blake Gutt

Project ‘An Infestation of Signification: Narrative and Visual Parasitism on the Manuscript Page’​​
Institution King’s College, Cambridge


Winner: ​Matthew Siôn Lampitt

Project ‘On the Use of, and Responses to, Troubadour Lyric in the work of Julia Kristeva’
Institution King’s College London

Runner up: Gillian Ní Cheallaigh

Project ‘Bad Mothers, Mad Sisters and Queer Maternity in the work of Linda Lê’​​
Institution King’s College London

Runner up: Alexandra Tranca

Project ‘From Pompeii to Paris: Ghostly Cityscapes and the Ruins of Modernity in Théophile Gautier and Eugène Atget’​​
Institution University of Cambridge


Winner: ​Sarah Hickmott

Project ‘(En) Corps Sonore’
Institution University of Oxford

Runner up: ​Edmund Birch

Project ‘Maupassant’s Bel-Ami and the Secrets of Actualité’​
Institution University of Cambridge

Runner up: Emma Claussen

Project ‘“Pour cognoistre les Politiques”: A Study of the Term “Politique” in the Dialogue d’entre le Maheustre et le Manant and the Satyre Ménippée’​​
Institution University of Oxford


Winner: Albertine Fox

Project ‘Constructing Voices in Jean-Luc Godard’s Sauve qui peut (la vie) (1979)'
Institution Royal Holloway

Runner up: ​Emma Claussen

Project ‘Examine Critically Bakhtin’s Idea of Carnival Laughter, and Analyse its Deployment in the Work of Rabelais’​
Institution King’s College London

Runner up: Jessica Stoll

Project ‘Imagining Translation Through the Plastic Arts in the Prose Troy Tradition’​​
Institution King’s College London


Winner: Orlene Denice McMahon

Project ‘Musicalising Moving Photographs: An Analysis of Pierre Barbaud’s Film Score for Agnès Varda’s La Pointe Courte’
Institution University of Cambridge

Runner up: ​Eliana Maestri

Project ‘Orality, Performativity and the Body in Jamaica Kincaid’s Autobiographie de ma mère’​
Institution University of Bath

Runner up: ​Samuel Ferguson

Project ‘Gide’s Paludes: A Diary Novel?’​
Institution University of Oxford


Winner: ​Claire White

Project ‘Dominical Diversions: Jules Laforgue on Sundays'
Institution University of Cambridge

Runner up: ​Natalie Orr

Project ‘The Clerk and the Courtier: Two Different Responses to the Tristan Problem in Chrétien de Troyes’s Cligès and Lancelot'
Institution University of Reading

Runner up: Jessica Stoll

Project ‘Discuss the usefulness of the notion of hybridity for analysis of two Occitan texts.’​​
Institution King's College London


Winner: ​Tanya Raie Filer

Project ‘Skinner in Tandem: Against Methodological “Servitude Volontaire”'
Institution University of Oxford

Runner up: ​Cécile Bishop

Project ‘The Emperor’s Old Clothes: A Reading of Henri Lopes’s Le Pleurer-Rire.’​
Institution King's College London


Winner: ​Kathrin Yacavone

Project ‘Reading through Photography: Roland Barthes’s “Proust et la photographie”'
Institution University of Edinburgh

Runner up: ​Clemence O’Connor

Project ‘Translating Pure Visuality: Heather Dohollau’s Poems on Non-Figuration.’​
Institution University of St Andrews

Dr Michael Kelly

Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics
University of Limerick
Co. Limerick