Bethany Mason

Department of Modern Languages
Doctoral researcher

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Phd title: Constructing and Consuming the Francophone Caribbean: an ecocritical approach
SupervisorDr Louise Hardwick, Professor Stephen Forcer and Dr Emma Wagstaff
PhD in French Studies


  • BA in French Studies – University of Birmingham, 2014
  • MA in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies – University of Birmingham, 2016


I have been studying at the University of Birmingham since 2010 and I completed both my undergraduate degree in French Studies and MA in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies here. My doctoral studies are fully funded by a College of Arts and Law Scholarship.


I am studying the environment and identity in Francophone Caribbean literature and culture using an ecocritical postcolonial approach, focusing on the work of Patrick Chamoiseau and Maryse Condé.


  • Mason, B and Ghorab, A (Autumn 2018) ‘Conference Report’, Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 9:2, 31.
  • Mason, B (2019) ‘An Ecocritical Approach to Identity Representation in Patrick Chamoiseau’s Chronique des sept misères’, Alternative Francophone, 2:4, 25-41.

Conference papers

  • ‘Examining the links between environment and identity in Francophone Caribbean literature and culture’. Poster to be presented at the Research Poster Conference, University of Birmingham, June 2018.
  • ‘Creolisation of environment and identity in the work of Patrick Chamoiseau: towards a postcolonial ecocriticism.’ Paper presented at the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies Postgraduate Conference for the US, UCLA, Los Angeles, May 2018.