Julia Prest

Julia Prest is Reader in French at the University of St Andrews (Scotland) where she specializes in early-modern theatre, including ballet and opera. A graduate in French and Music, she wrote her PhD thesis on Molière’s comédies-ballets, before going on to write monographs on cross-casting in 17th-century French theatre (Palgrave 2006 and 2013) and on the Tartuffe controversy (Palgrave 2014 and 2016) as well as numerous articles on related topics. More recently, Julia has turned her attention to the rich but overlooked tradition of public theatre in the French slave colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti). In relation to her current project, she has published articles on white imitations of slave dance and on Caribbean performances of Gluck’s Paris operas, as well as a critical edition of the first play known to have been written in the French Caribbean: Les Veuves créoles (MHRA 2017). Julia’s bilingual (French-English) database of documented public theatrical performances in the French colony of Saint-Domingue between 1764 and 1791 was launched in March 2018: https://www.theatreinsaintdomingue.org