Staff in French Studies

Professor Helen Abbott

Professor Helen Abbott

Professor of Modern Languages

As Professor of Modern Languages, I specialise in nineteenth-century French poetry and music. My research explores ways of writing about word-music relationships in poetic language, in critical theories, and using digital methodologies. My particular focus is the work of (post-) romantic and symbolist poets including Gautier, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, and ...

Dr Caroline Ardrey

Dr Caroline Ardrey

Lecturer in French

Dr Caroline Ardrey is a lecturer in French, specialising in nineteenth-century French poetry and its interaction with other art forms and media, in particular music and fashion.

As a researcher, Caroline is Senior Research Associate on The Baudelaire Song Project, directed by Professor Helen Abbott with Research Associate Dr Nina Rolland. As part of this work, Caroline specialises in ...

Dr Craig Blunt

Dr Craig Blunt

Senior Lecturer in French Studies

I was appointed to the University of Birmingham in 1995. My main areas of interest are all aspects of contemporary French politics and society.

Dr Edward Boothroyd

Dr Edward Boothroyd

Teaching Fellow in French Studies

Following undergraduate and postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham, I was appointed to the position of Teaching Fellow in French Studies in September 2011. My specialism is in 20th-century literature and French theatre from the 17th-century onwards.

Professor Martyn Cornick

Professor Martyn Cornick

Professor of French Cultural History

I hold a Personal Chair in French Cultural History. My main research areas are 20th-century Cultural History (especially Jean Paulhan and the Nouvelle Revue française), the life and work of Armand Petitjean, and Franco-British Inter-Cultural Studies, with a particular focus on the French presence in London.

 

Professor Lisa Downing

Professor Lisa Downing

Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality

I am Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality. My work is located at the intersection of sexuality and gender studies, cultural studies, and critical theory. My research has a European, especially French, bent and also focuses on comparative European and North American contexts. My most recent publications have been on the gendering, sexualization, and othering of the figure of the murderer, ...

Dr Elliot Evans

Dr Elliot Evans

Lecturer in Modern Languages

Dr Evans is the author of numerous publications on gender and sexuality, and has been invited to speak on these areas at academic conferences, cultural and activist events both in the UK and internationally. They are particularly engaged in debates around feminist, queer and transgender theories. 

Dr Sarah Fishwick

Dr Sarah Fishwick

Language Tutor in French Studies

My specialisms lie in practical language, especially translation, and writing by French and Francophone women authors. I am the Convenor of the BA Modern Languages Translation Studies pathway.

Dr Stephen Forcer

Dr Stephen Forcer

Senior Lecturer in French Studies
Head of the Department of Modern Languages

I completed my first degree and MA at the University of Warwick (1994-1999) before moving to Wadham College, Oxford to write my doctoral thesis (1999-2002) under the supervision of Professor Malcolm Bowie. I joined the University of Birmingham in September 2005, having previously held temporary posts at Keble College, Oxford and the Universities of Leeds and Exeter.

I am currently Head of the Dep ...

Mrs Agnès Gower

Mrs Agnès Gower

Language Coordinator (French Studies)

I first came to Birmingham as a Colloquial Assistant (lectrice), as part of the University’s long-standing exchange with The Université Lumière Lyon 2.  After a few months back in France, I decided to return to Birmingham and the Department of French Studies, again as a Colloquial Assistant.  I have not left since.  

 

Dr Louise Hardwick

Dr Louise Hardwick

Reader in Francophone Postcolonial Studies
AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellow
Associate Fellow, Homerton College, University of Cambridge

I am a specialist of Francophone Postcolonial Cultures. The majority of my research focuses on the literature, film and visual art of the Francophone Caribbean, and interrogates the international legacies of slavery, colonialism and postcolonialism, working at the intersection of culture, history and politics. I have also undertaken comparative work on African, Canadian and Indian contexts. My ...

Nicholas Hunter

Nicholas Hunter

Language Tutor in French Studies

I teach on a variety of language and content modules. I lecture mainly on early-modern French literature and culture, particularly 17th-Century texts, and on 20th-Century writing and film.

Dr Kate Ince

Dr Kate Ince

Reader in French Film and Gender Studies

My work is on French, women’s and artists’ film-making, on film philosophy, and on French and feminist thought.

Dr Joseph Lambert

Dr Joseph Lambert

Teaching Fellow in French and Translation

I completed my PhD in Translation Studies at the University of Hull in mid-2018 and joined Birmingham in September 2018. My research focuses on the ethics of translation, drawing together ideas from ethical theory, hermeneutics and translation studies.

Dr Claire Peters

Dr Claire Peters

Research Assistant

I am currently a postdoctoral Research Assistant working with Dr Louise Hardwick on Impact and public engagement activities relating to the Martinican author Joseph Zobel. My AHRC-funded thesis focused on representations of Paris in contemporary French film and fiction to explore the connections between memories of the Holocaust and the Algerian war in France. My work is underpinned by an ...

Dr Nina Rolland

Research Associate

I am a Research Associate in French studies, working on the The Baudelaire Song Project (AHRC-funded 2015-2019), led by Professor Helen Abbott. I specialise in the relationship between literature and music in 19th century Europe.

Dr Berny Sèbe

Dr Berny Sèbe

Senior Lecturer in colonial and post-colonial studies

My research interests revolve around the colonial and post-colonial encounters between European and non-European worlds, in particular in the cultural and political realms. My recent works look at the making of imperial heroes in Britain and France since the era of 'New imperialism' (second half of the nineteenth century), the history of the conquest and decolonization of the Sahara, ...

Dr Edward John Still

Dr Edward John Still

French Teaching Fellow

Following the completion of my D.Phil. at St Catherine’s College, Oxford in 2017, I was appointed to the position of French Teaching Fellow at Birmingham in December of the same year. My main areas of interest are Algerian francophone literature and francophone bandes dessinées.

Dr Emma Tyler

Dr Emma Tyler

Senior Lecturer in French Studies
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

I have been working at the University since the 1990s, and specialise in teaching French language skills and translation skills at undergraduate level. I also train translators at postgraduate level. I am the convenor of the new undergraduate pathway in Translation Studies and Senior Admissions Tutor for the School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music. 

Dr Emma Wagstaff

Dr Emma Wagstaff

Senior Lecturer in French Studies

I came to Birmingham in 2006, and am based in the Department of Modern Languages. Among a range of teaching and research interests, I am particularly keen to promote the study of French literature and the visual arts, and the interactions between them.

Dr Andrew Watts

Dr Andrew Watts

Senior Lecturer in French Studies

I was appointed to the University of Birmingham in 2007, having previously taught at the universities of Bristol and Newcastle. I am a specialist in nineteenth-century French prose fiction, especially the work of Honoré de Balzac. My current research focuses on adaptations of classic novels from this period in a variety of different media including silent film, graphic novels, and stage ...

Dr Antonia Wimbush

Dr Antonia Wimbush

Teaching Fellow in French

I completed my PhD at the University of Birmingham in February 2018. My doctoral studies examined themes of exile and migration in life writing written by women from across the Francophone postcolonial world and were fully funded by the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. I was appointed Teaching Fellow in French in August 2018.

Emeritus and Honorary Academic Staff

Professor Emeritus Jennifer Birkett

Emeritus Professor of French Studies

I held the Established Chair of French Studies from 1990 to 2011. My research derives from specialist bases in French Studies, but is also cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary. In general, I am interested in the relations of history, politics and narrative form - the operations of ideology in prose fiction, as they manifest themselves in particular texts. In French Studies, I work ...

Dr Leslie Brook

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

I have published widely in various genres of Medieval literature: epic, romance and translation from Latin to Medieval French, with a particular interest in the translation by Jean de Meun of the Letters of Abelard and Heloise. Latterly I have been working with Prof Glyn Burgess on publishing editions of Old French narrative lays.

Dr Russell Cousins

Honorary Senior Lecturer

I have research interests in Zola’s fiction, French Cinema and  screen adaptation. My publications include studies on Zola, various aspects of the cinema and  together with Ron Hallmark and Ian Pickup, I have published books and articles  on studying in France.

Professor Ceri Crossley

Emeritus Professor

I joined the Department of French in 1973 and taught language and literature at all levels until I retired in 2008.

 

Dr Béatrice Damamme-Gilbert

Honorary Senior Lecturer in French Studies

Since I retired I have continued to research into post-World War II  literary narrative: forms of personal and social memory, myth and the everyday with reference to war and post-holocaust culture, with a particular interest in psychoanalytical approaches to trauma and the works of Julien Gracq, Patrick Modiano, J.-M. G. le Clézio and Henry Bauchau.

Dr Wendy Perkins

Honorary Senior Lecturer in French Studies

Since I retired as a Senior Lecturer in the Department, I have been focusing on full-time research into the lives of women in seventeenth-century France.