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Clare F I Siviter, PhD (Warw.), BA (Warw.)

Lecturer in French Theatre and Performance

Clare Siviter

Clare F I Siviter, PhD (Warw.), BA (Warw.)

Lecturer in French Theatre and Performance

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Research interests


Clare is a French theatre historian of the longer Revolutionary period (1789-1815). Her principal research interests include censorship, propaganda, celebrity, and genre.

Clare completed her BA and AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Warwick, finishing her thesis, entitled ‘Rewriting History through the Performance of Tragedy, 1799-1815’, in 2016. Here, she used theatre as a lens to analyse how multiple agents – audiences, authors, actors, state officials, and Napoleon – employed tragedy to help reconstruct the French nation after the Revolution. The monograph resulting from the significant revision of this thesis appeared in 2020 with Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment under the title Tragedy and Nation in the Age of Napoleon.

In 2016, Clare was appointed as an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study at Warwick and then held a post at the Université Clermont Auvergne as a postdoctoral fellow from 2016 to 2017, where she worked on the THEREPSICORE project, a digital humanities project tracing theatrical life in the French provinces from 1791 to 1813. She remains a research associate on the project SITHERE (Succès importants du théâtre révolutionnaire).

In 2017, Clare organised a conference with Anais Pedron (QMUL) at the institute of Historical Research on Antoine Lilti’s conception of celebrity in Britain and France. Clare and Anais are now working on an edited volume of papers on this topic with a focus on the years 1750-1850 that will appear with the University of Delaware Press in its 'Performing Celebrity' series.

Whereas Clare’s earlier research principally focused on Paris, her current research investigates theatre in the French provinces and its diffusion across Europe during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic period. To this end, she developed the Faculty of Arts Transnational Theatrical Exchange 1750-1850 research cluster at Bristol (2017-2018), and is currently collaborating with Dr Annelies Andries (Oxford) on a project entitled 'Theatre on the move in times of conflict, 1750-1850'.

From 2016 to 2019, Clare was the Web and Social Media Officer for the Association of Modern and Contemporary France ( She is now a member of the editorial board for Modern and Contemporary France.


In French, Clare teaches on the first-year units 'Shaping France' and 'Reading Literary and Visual Cultures', and on the fourth-year translation unit. She runs the second year unit 'French Drama', and the fourth-year units 'The Censor's Scissors, 1750-1830' and 'Revolution, Theatre, and the Public Sphere, 1789-1799'. At School level, she has taught on the 'Introduction to the Study of Cultures', and on the MA courses 'Institutions of Culture' and 'Cultural Encounters'. Clare is very keen on cross-Faculty teaching and has been involved with the third-year English unit 'Celebrity Cultures' and the MA in Migration and Mobility Studies.

Clare is likewise keen to promote Modern Languages education and runs Access to Bristol sessions as well as an 'Insight into French Theatre' workshop at the Theatre Collection.

Clare welcomes enquiries about potential postgraduate research projects in the following fields:

  • French theatre
  • Transnational theatrical exchange
  • Censorship
  • French culture of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries

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19 Woodland Road