Roles

College

Life Fellow

DoS in MML from 1971 to 2003. Also at various times Vice-Mistress, Acting Mistress, Tutor and Secretary to Council 

University

Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in French (Faculty of MML)

Degrees

BA, MA, PhD

Gillian Jondorf

MML (French)

Research and Teaching Interests

Before my retirement I specialised in Early Modern French literature (i.e. the 16th and 17th centuries). I have continued to work a little in this area: I contributed a chapter on C16 theatre to the Cambridge History of French Literature, and hope eventually to write a long-planned article on humour in the tragedies of Racine. Since retiring, I have also studied Ancient Greek (two years with the Open University) and refreshed my Latin by another two years of OU study. I have used the Greek to write English surtitles for a series of semi-staged productions in Ancient Greek directed by Professor Patrick Boyde (formerly the Serena Professor of Italian) over the last eight years. This started with a series of excerpts from the Odyssey, then moved on to tragedy (Oedipus at Colonus, Prometheus Bound, Ajax) and will shortly be reverting to Homer.

I also copy-edit the Girton College Annual Review, an interesting task from which I have drawn the conclusion that among the Fellows of Girton, the best writers of English are the scientists.