Nick Hammond

Nick Hammond, Professor in French at Cambridge University, regularly writes reviews for "The Times Literary Supplement" and is a former member of the Birmingham Symphony Chorus under the baton of Simon Rattle. His books include "The Cambridge History of French Literature" (Cambridge University Press, 2011, as co-editor), "Gossip, Sexuality and Scandal in France 1610-1715" (Peter Lang, 2011), and "The Powers of Sound and Song in Early Modern Paris" (Penn State UP, 2019). 

Le Dernier Enfant

Lurching Toward Melodrama

January 13, 2021 | By Nick Hammond | Books

Philippe Besson’s new novel, Le Dernier Enfant, his 20th, bears many of the hallmarks of his most successful previous works. A few examples: His prose is concise and focuses on the inner thoughts of a few central characters. He chooses … Read More

Marcel Proust

Proustmania

November 25, 2020 | By Nick Hammond | Books

Note to readers: You may choose to read this commentary on the work of Proust here or listen to it on the audio file at the end of the article. Ever since I started these lockdown literary excursions last March, … Read More

Molière

To Laugh or To Cry?

November 18, 2020 | By Nick Hammond | Books

Note to readers: You may choose to read this commentary on the work of Molière here or listen to it on the audio file at the end of the article. Those of you who know Paris will be familiar with … Read More

Été 85

Summer Love

July 22, 2020 | By Nick Hammond | Film

Director François Ozon’s Été 85, originally scheduled to be part of the official Cannes Film Festival lineup this year before the coronavirus crisis forced the festival’s cancellation, is the first major movie to be released in France post-lockdown. It also … Read More

Germinal

Mythic Symbolism

June 10, 2020 | By Nick Hammond | Books

Note to readers: You may choose to read this analysis of Émile Zola‘s Germinal here or listen to it on the audio file at the end of the article. As a companion to last week’s discussion of Gustave Flaubert’s famous … Read More