Professor Toby Garfitt

Subject: Modern Languages

Department: Medieval and Modern Languages

College appointment: Emeritus Fellow


I did my undergraduate degree at Magdalen, where I was one of the first to take the new Joint School of Modern History and Modern Languages, graduating in 1973. A doctorate then followed, on Albert Camus’s teacher and mentor Jean Grenier. After four years teaching at the University of St Andrews, I returned to Magdalen as Fellow and Tutor in French in 1980. I was elected Emeritus Fellow at Magdalen in 2018.

Research Interests

20th/21st-century literature, including Gide, Camus, Grenier, Mauriac, Patrice de La Tour du Pin and other Catholic writers, Sylvie Germain, Andrei Makine, Francophone Literature

Selected Publications