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Director: Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey, BA (Hull), PhD (Hull), FTCD, Membre de l’Académie de Savoie, Chevalier de l'ordre national du mérite

Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of French. In recognition of her research she was elected to Fellowship (2004) and membership of theAcadémie de Savoie and in 2017 the French President awarded her the title of Chevalier de l'ordre national du mérite. Her main research and publishing area is French Renaissance poetry, with specific reference to Marc-Claude de Buttet, the Court poetry of Savoy, the influence of the Pléiade, Classical and Italian influences on French Renaissance poetry, and hermeneutics.She has also published on the seventeenth-century poet Saint-Amant, contemporary French women's writing, Franco-Irish links in World War Two and Franco-Irish sporting links.

Her publications include the following eleven refereed books:

1. (ed.) New Perspectives on Heretical Discourse and Identities: the Waldensians in Historical Context, Medieval and Early Modern French Studies, 19 (Oxford, Peter Lang, 2021), 355 pp. [Chief Editor;  with the assistance of Joanna Poetz].

2. (ed.) Political, Religious and Social Conflict in the States of Savoy, 1400-1700, Medieval and Early Modern French Studies, 13 (Oxford, Peter Lang, 2014), 327 pp.

3. (ed.) Court and Humour in the French Renaissance: Essays in Honour of Professor Pauline Smith (Geneva, Peter Lang (2009) 272 pp.

4. Marc-Claude de Buttet (1529/31-86), l’honneur de la Savoie, Études et Essais sur la Renaissance, 70 (Paris, Honoré Champion, 2006), 235 pp.

5. (ed.) Culture and Conflict in 17th-Century France and Ireland, Dublin, Four Courts (2004), 288  pp. [with Véronique Desnain]  

6.  Marc-Claude de Buttet: "L'Amalthée" (1575), Textes de la Renaissance, 74 (Paris, Champion 2003), 584pp.

7. (ed.) Essays on Heroism in Sport in Ireland and France (Lampeter, Edwin Mellen Press, 2003), 220 pp.  

8. (ed.) Texte(s) et Intertexte(s), Faux Titre 139 (Amsterdam-Atlanta, Rodopi, 1997), 294 pp. [with E. Le Calvez and M.-C. Canova-Green]

Currently at press with H. Champion (to appear in 2022): three volumes on Marc-Claude de Buttet's works in the series 'Textes Littéraires de la Renaissance'.

Other publications/research outputs: 19 book chapters, 9 journal articles, 9 book reviews, 26+ conference papers, organisation of conferences, seminars, lectures, Outreach programmes (see archives of TCMRS and French Department).

For ten years (1996-2007) she was Associate Editor of the journal Renaissance Studies published by Blackwell. She was a long-standing member of the Council of the Society for Renaissance Studies and, in 2008, organized the third Biennial Interdisciplinary Conference of the Society in Trinity College Dublin. On her initiative, the Society for Renaissance Studies established an Irish Branch and an Undergraduate Prize in 2012 which she coordinated. She also served for six years as a member of the Executive Council of the Society for French Studies. Between 2013-2018 she served on the editorial board of H-France (

College positions: Board of Trinity College Dublin (2016-2024), University Council (2018-2021), College Finance Committee (2018-2021), Standing Committee of Fellows (2010-present), Central Fellowship Committee (2019-2022), Grounds and Gardens Consultative Group, Capitation Committee. She was recently elected as Chair of the Board of the Trinity Graduate Student Union.

Research supervision: Dr Alyn Stacey is willing to supervise students in the areas of French Renaissance literature, Italian and Classical influences on French Renaissance literature, the Court of Savoy in the 16th century, French Renaissance Thought, and Late-Medieval French Poetry.

Address: Department of French/Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Trinity College Dublin
The University of Dublin
Dublin 2

Tel: (00353 1) 896 2686; E-mail:

Last updated 19 March 2024 by Sarah Alyn Stacey (Email).