Portrait photographique de Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin

Position : Lecturer-Researcher
Title : Professor
CNU (National Council of Universities) section : English studies
Department : UFR2
Institutional affiliation : Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3
Accreditation to supervise PhD research (HDR) : Yes

Email : nathalie.vienne-guerrin (at)

Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin is a Professor in Shakespeare Studies at the University of Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 and a member of the Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Neo-Classical Age, and the Enlightenment (IRCL, UMR5186 CNRS). She is a specialist of insult and evil tongues in the Elizabethan world and has notably published The Unruly Tongue in Early Modern England: Three Treatises, (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2012). She is the author of Shakespeare’s Insults: A Pragmatic Dictionary (Bloomsbury, 2016); The Anatomy of Insults in Shakespeare’s World (Bloomsbury, 2022). She is co-general editor, with Sarah Hatchuel, of the Shakespeare on Screen series published by Cambridge University Press. She is co-editor of the international journal Cahiers Élisabéthains (Sage) and of the multidisciplinary open access journal Arrêt sur Scène/Scene Focus (OpenEdition). She co-directs, with Patricia Dorval, the ‘Shakespeare on Screen in Francophonia’ programme. She is currently President of the European Shakespeare Research Association.

Research subject areas :
  • Insults in Shakespeare’s world
  • Injurious language in the Renaissance (insults, curses, slander, lies, blasphemy)
  • Shakespeare on screen

Research activities:

  • Édition et analyse de traités de la langue (« tongue treatises ») dans l’Angleterre des XVIe et XVIIe siècles
  • Conception and implementation (with Sarah Hatchuel) of the series Shakespeare on Screen
  • Co-manager, with Patricia Dorval, of the implementation of the database Shakespeare on screen in francophonia.
Teaching :

16th–17th-century English literature

Academic and administrative endeavours :
  • Member of the Scientific Council of University of Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3
  • Responsible for the joint PhD programme MOVES (H2020)
  • President of the InSHS Scientific Council since 2019 (CNRS)