Staff in Modern Languages

Head of Department

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 ...

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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 ...

Marie Allègre

Marie Allègre

French Assistant Language Tutor/ Colloquial Assistant (“Lectrice”)

I just graduated in English Studies (Université Lumière Lyon 2, France) with a specialisation in Literature. At this level, my particular focus is modernist and postmodernist women writers. Working as French ALT is the occasion for me to spend a year abroad in the shoes of a teacher.

Dr Caroline Ardrey

Dr Caroline Ardrey

Research Associate, The Baudelaire Song Project

I am Research Associate on The Baudelaire Song Project (AHRC-funded 2015-2019), led by Prof. Helen Abbott. I specialise in the relationship between nineteenth-century French poetry and other art forms, particularly music, fashion and popular culture.

 

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.

Dr Monica Borg

Lecturer in Italian Studies
Educational Enhancement Fellow (CEEF) College of Arts and Law (CAL)
Associate Lecturer, The Open University

I teach undergraduate language and culture modules in Italian Studies and CELC (Centre for European Languages and Cultures). I am a keen supporter of enquiry-based interactive learning and have been involved, especially in my role as Educational Enhancement Fellow for the College of Arts and Law,  in promoting and increasing the uptake of educational technology to enhance teaching and ...

Clelia Boscolo

Clelia Boscolo

Lecturer in Italian language and Translation Studies
Language Courses Co-ordinator

I studied Combined Honours Italian and Russian at Birmingham University, graduating in July 1989. I have been teaching Italian as a foreign language at all levels since 1981 and have worked in the Department of Italian Studies since September 1989.

 

Dr Hilary Brown

Dr Hilary Brown

Lecturer in Translation Studies

I joined the Department of Modern Languages in 2011 and teach in Translation Studies and German. During 2017-18 I will be on research leave, spending extended periods of time in Germany thanks to the award of a Humboldt Fellowship. I will be working on a project on ‘Women and Translation in Early Modern Germany, c.1600-1720

Sarah Chader

Sarah Chader

Assistant Language Tutor in French Studies

I am about to graduate in English Studies at the University of Paul Valery, UM3. I am particularly interested in the Representation of the Minorities and Vulnerability in literature and TV shows. Being a French Assistant is a great opportunity to get some teaching experience.

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.

 

Dr Alice Corr

Dr Alice Corr

Lecturer in Modern Languages

I am a Lecturer in Modern Languages specialising in the linguistics (especially morphosyntax) and dialectology of the Ibero-Romance language family (Spanish, Portuguese, Galician, Catalan and other lesser-known languages such as Asturian, Aragonese, Aranese, Ladino/Judaeo-Spanish, Leonese, Mirandese and Mozarabic). Before coming to Birmingham in 2017, I was a Research Fellow at Pembroke College, ...

Dr Anissa Daoudi

Dr Anissa Daoudi

Lecturer in Arabic and Translation Studies
Language Co-ordinator for Arabic

I am currently Head of the Arabic area of Languages for All. I am the Arabic-English-Arabic Translation Specialist and module contributor to the MA in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies.  

Dr Kaya Davies Hayon

Teaching Fellow

I joined the University of Birmingham as a Teaching Fellow in French in September 2017. My research focuses broadly on representations of gender, sexuality and corporeality in contemporary Maghrebi films and visual culture. My first monograph, Sensual Cinema: The Body in Contemporary Maghrebi Film, will be published in 2018 as part of Bloomsbury Academic’s Thinking Cinema series. I am ...

Dr Paolo De Ventura

Lecturer

I study early Italian literature and the historical evolution of the Italian language. I love Dante and his world, which is the fascinating and complex universe of the art and thought of the European Middle Ages.

Dr Alba del Pozo

Dr Alba del Pozo

Teaching Fellow in Spanish

I am a Teaching Fellow in Spanish, interested in a communicative approach to language pedagogy. I also conduct research on the Spanish fin-de-siècle from a gender and cultural studies perspective. 

Nieves Díaz-Cueva

Nieves Díaz-Cueva

LCAHM Senior Welfare Tutor Officer
Senior Language Tutor
Co-ordinator for Spanish, Languages for All

I have been teaching languages in Higher Education for almost 20 years.  For as long as I can remember languages and culture(s) have been the main focus of my interests and my career.

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, ...

Mr Fumitsugu Enokida

Language Tutor in Japanese

I have been teaching Japanese as a foreign language at the University of Birmingham since 1999. I teach all levels to a wide range of students from undergraduate students to the public. My role also includes a committee member of the BATJ Speech Content for University Students and OCR External Verifier as well as Assessor of the QCB/NVQ for Japanese.

Tanguy Entringer

Tanguy Entringer

French language assistant (Lecteur)

I am currently a French language assistant in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham. My Master research focuses on English linguistics, with a particular emphasis on the accents spoken by young adults in England such as Estuary English. Furthermore, I have a keen interest in various aspects of English phonology.

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. 

Cristina Fernández Recasens

Cristina Fernández Recasens

Catalan Language and Culture Teaching Fellow

I studied Humanities at the University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona. Afterwards I completed a master’s degree in Teaching Catalan and Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Girona. Currently I am writing my doctoral thesis under the supervision of Doctor Mariona Masgrau within the programme of interdisciplinary didactics of the arts at the University of Girona. My focus is to ...

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 Holly Foss

Dr Holly Foss

Teaching Fellow in Hispanic Studies

I am a teaching fellow in Hispanic Studies specialising in twentieth-century Hispanic literature, culture, gender and sexuality, and translation.

Arnaud Fresnel

Arnaud Fresnel

Language Tutor in French

I am a native speaker of French and I come from Rennes in the west of France.

I really enjoy teaching French as a foreign language, particularly the development of speaking skills and of learners’ confidence.

Ever since my arrival in the UK, I have had 4 years of experience teaching French as a second language to undergraduate students, sixth formers, secondary school students, and adult ...

Sophie Gavrois

Language Tutor in French

I am a native speaker of French and come from Saint-Etienne, France. I joined the Centre for Modern Languages in 2003. I enjoy very much teaching French, as a foreign language or as native or second language, and I have 18 years of teaching experience.

Professor Andrew Ginger

Chair of Spanish
Head of School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

In my research, I am interested in how the modern Hispanic world fits with the wider span of cultures over time and place. By extension, I am concerned with the notion of ‘commonality’ over stretches of geography and history.  My concerns are interdisciplinary, ranging across visual cultures and cinema, thought, and literature.

Dr Fernando Gómez Herrero

Dr Fernando Gómez Herrero

Teaching Associate

Hispanic and Latin American Studies, History and Politics, Cultural Studies, (Post-) Colonial Studies, etc.

Professor Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei

Professor Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei

Professor of German and Comparative Literature

As Professor of German and Comparative Literature, I specialize in literary modernism, theory and philosophy of literature, and aesthetics. I have taught and written on a wide range of topics, often drawing on the intersections among modern literature, Continental philosophy, and visual art.

Professor Rebecca Gould

Professor Rebecca Gould

Professor and Professorial Research Fellow, Islamic World and Comparative Literature

Rebecca Gould is the author of Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2016), which was awarded the University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies and the award for Best Book by a Woman in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian Studies by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies, and the translator ...

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 Elystan Griffiths

Dr Elystan Griffiths

Senior Lecturer in German

I teach widely across the curriculum in German Studies, including  language, literature and cinema. My research interests include social and political writing of the 18th and 19th centuries, women’s writing and the pastoral.

Emilie Grinan-Coley

Emilie Grinan-Coley

Language Tutor in French

I am a native speaker of French, and come from the Franche-Comté region in Eastern France. I have been teaching French at the University of Birmingham since 2006, and have 15 years of experience teaching French as Foreign Language in France and the UK.

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 ...

Dr Nigel Harris

Reader in German

I see myself as a medievalist with an extension into the sixteenth century, and as someone with a particular passion for teaching these still deeply relevant periods to modern undergraduates.

Christiane Hoyer

Christiane Hoyer

DAAD-Lektorin

My aim is to help students improve their German Sprachpraxis, and give them an insight into Landeskunde. I’m looking forward to passing on my enthusiasm for language learning and encouraging students to practise their skills.

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 Conrad James

Lecturer in Hispanic Studies

Conrad James teaches a range of courses on the literature, culture and social history of the Spanish Caribbean and its diasporas. His work focuses mainly on Cuban, Dominican and Dominican-American writers.

Dr Monica Jato

Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies

I came to the University of Birmingham in September 2007. I previously worked at Michigan State University, The University of New Hampshire and The University of North Texas.

Dr Sara Jones

Dr Sara Jones

Senior Lecturer

Sara Jones is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages. Her current research analyses the political, social and cultural processes of remembering state socialist dictatorship.

Dr Angela Kershaw

Dr Angela Kershaw

Senior Lecturer in French Studies

I am a twentieth century specialist with particular interests in the inter-war and Second World War periods, gender, translation studies and travel writing.

Professor John Klapper

Professor John Klapper

Professor in Modern Languages

My main research interests are writing under National Socialism, particularly the non-conformist writers of inner exile. I teach courses on German language, literature and history. I am also interested in all aspects of foreign language learning and teaching, instructed second language acquisition and pedagogical grammar. 

Mariela Knowles

Mariela Knowles

Language Tutor in Spanish

I am a native speaker of Spanish and I was born in Argentina. I trained as a language teacher and have over 15 years teaching experience  at all levels, from children as young as 3 to adults. I have been teaching Spanish at the University of Birmingham since 2004.

Dr Katya Krylova

Dr Katya Krylova

German Teaching Fellow

Katya Krylova is a German Teaching Fellow, teaching modern and contemporary German literature, film and culture, as well as language and translation, at all levels. Her main research areas lie in modern and contemporary Austrian literature, film and culture. She has recently published her second monograph, The Long Shadow of the Past: Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film, and Culture ...

Valérie Leick

Valérie Leick

LCAHM Distance Learning Co-ordinator
Senior Language Tutor
Co-ordinator for French, Languages for All

A language teacher for 23 years, I am still learning a lot from every new student. I enjoy sharing my native language and culture but above all I derive a lot of satisfaction from inspiring students to become a good language tutor for themselves and keep learning beyond their university years.

“To have another language is to possess a second soul” - Charlemagne

Miss Li Li

Miss Li Li

Mandarin Chinese Tutor

I am a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese and enjoy language teaching, interpreting and translating.

Professor Francis Lough

Professor Francis Lough

Professor of Hispanic Studies

My main teaching and research interests are in 20th and 21th century Spanish literature and cinema, although I have also an interest in the works of Jose Saramago, Felisberto Hernandez and the Spanish philosopher María Zambrano. Currently I am working on the literature of the Spanish Civil War, including graphic novels. 

Dr Ita Mac Carthy

Dr Ita Mac Carthy

Senior Lecturer

I received my BA and PhD from University College Cork, and moved from a post at Durham University to the University of Birmingham in 2007 where I became Senior Lecturer in 2013.

Dr Sofia Malamatidou

Dr Sofia Malamatidou

Lecturer in Translation Studies

I am a Lecturer in Translation Studies in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham. I have a background in corpus-based translation studies and textual and intertextual analyses of translated texts. I am Senior Admissions Tutor for the BA Modern Languages and MA in Translation Studies.

Dr Elisenda Marcer Cortés

Lecturer in Catalan Studies

A native of Barcelona, I studied Hispanic Philology and completed the doctorate courses in Catalan Philology at the University of Barcelona. I arrived at the University of Birmingham in 2001 where I completed my doctoral thesis entitled ‘Intertextual dynamics in Gabriel Ferrater’s work: the role of English poetry’. I taught all levels of Catalan Language and content modules ...

Dr Nicholas Martin

Dr Nicholas Martin

Director of the Institute for German Studies
Reader in European Intellectual History

Nicholas Martin is Reader in European Intellectual History in the Department of Modern Languages (German Studies), and Director of the University’s Institute for German Studies

His research interests include aspects of modern German intellectual history and of the cultural history of war and political violence in twentieth-century Germany.

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Ulrike Mynette

Ulrike Mynette

Language Tutor in German / Erasmus Coordinator

I first came to Birmingham with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 1987 to work at Aston University as a Lektorin. Since then I have taught German language classes at a huge variety of institutions from primary schools to in-company training. I have worked at the University of Birmingham for some 15 years now.

In August 2010, I started to work as an Erasmus coordinator for incoming ...

Ms Junko Ogawa

Programme Lead and Year Abroad Tutor for Japanese
Co-ordinator for Japanese, Languages for All

I have been teaching Japanese as a foreign language in Higher Education over 15 years. I am responsible for all aspects of Japanese language programmes including module development, year abroad and internship programme in Japan.

Dr Emanuela Patti

Dr Emanuela Patti

Senior Research Fellow

I joined the University of Birmingham in 2015 where I am currently working as a Senior Research Fellow for the AHRC-funded project Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2020: interart/intermedia. My research interests range across a variety of areas, including modern and contemporary Italian culture, cultural representations of Dante, comparative literature, digital cultures, intermediality. I have ...

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 Jamie Rann

Dr Jamie Rann

Teaching Fellow in Russian

While my area of expertise is the Russian avant-garde, I teach a wide variety of courses in Russian literature, culture and translation.

Ms Wibke Rickers

Ms Wibke Rickers

Language Tutor in German

I am a language tutor in German in Languages for All, Department of Modern Languages. I teach German across the full range of language levels, academic as well as Open Access and Free for All.

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 Charlotte Ross

Dr Charlotte Ross

Senior Lecturer
Programme Lead for Italian Studies

Programme Lead and Admissions Tutor for Italian Studies; School Quality Officer.

Main research interests and areas of PG supervision: gender, sexuality and embodiment in modern and contemporary Italian culture.

Dr Natalia (Natasha) Rulyova

Dr Natalia (Natasha) Rulyova

Lecturer in Russian

Dr Natasha Rulyova has research interests in three areas: post-Soviet Russian media including new media, translation studies with the focus on self-translation, and genre studies.

Her work on post-Soviet media resulted in the following main publications: monograph (with Stephen Hutchings) of Television and Culture in Putin's Russia: Remote Control (London: Routledge, ...

Dr Lorraine Ryan

Dr Lorraine Ryan

Birmingham Fellow

Dr Lorraine Ryan is an international researcher in the fields of Spanish literature, memory studies, and gender. She has been a visiting fellow to the IMLR (Institute of Modern Languages Research Institute) in the University of London, and the Georg Eckert Institute for School Textbook Research in Leipzig. Dr. Ryan  has published extensively in the world’s leading journals, such as the

Dr Gabriela Saldanha

Dr Gabriela Saldanha

Lecturer

I am a Lecturer in Translation Studies in the department of Modern Languages. I teach translation theory and research methods on the MAs in Translation Studies (distance and campus-based). My research interests are: translation stylistics and the artistic nature of translation, the reception of translations and their impact on literary landscapes, and the relationship between gender identity and ...

Mr Antonio M. Sánchez

Mr Antonio M. Sánchez

Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies

I have been at Birmingham since 2005. I teach Latin American culture, literature and intellectual history as well as Spanish language and translation.

Rosa Sánchez-Riobo

Rosa Sánchez-Riobo

Spanish Language Intructor

Teaching Spanish language for undergraduates has been both a challenge and a pleasure for the past seven years. I sincerely hope to continue doing so for many coming years.

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, ...

Mr Xiaolong Tang

Programme Lead and Year Abroad Tutor for Chinese
Co-ordinator for Chinese, Languages for All

Aside from being directly involved in most aspects of undergraduate language teaching, I also regularly play an important role in developing and organising Mandarin Chinese language modules and programmes.

Dr Emma Tyler

Dr Emma Tyler

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 Aengus Ward

Reader in Hispanic Studies

I have been a lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages (Hispanic Studies) since 1994. I teach medieval Spanish literature and Spanish language and linguistics. My research interests lie in the fields of medieval Spanish history and historiography, textual editing, diachronic phonology and syntax.

My research project the Estoria de Espanna Digital (estoria.bham.ac.uk) is the first major ...

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 focusses on adaptations of classic novels from this period in a variety of different media including silent film, graphic novels, and stage ...

Dr Jules Whicker

Lecturer

I am an enthusiastic teacher and student of Hispanic Literature and Culture and especially that of the Spanish Golden Age, an era that originated many of the most compelling, sophisticated and influential works in Hispanic literature and art. I also have a long-standing interest in translation, having translated (independently and in collaboration) several golden-age comedias, a quantity of ...

Dr Ruth Whittle

Dr Ruth Whittle

Senior Lecturer in German Studies
Distinguished Fellow (TA)

As a student you are most likely to know me in my role as the School’s Senior Tutor. I teach courses on 19th- and 20th-century German literature as well as Translation in Practice and language classes, particularly business German.

I have widely researched and published in the areas of language study and internationalisation, and women in German literature and literary history.

In my ...

Dr Tara Windsor

Research Fellow

I am a cultural historian of modern Germany and Europe, currently working as Research Fellow on the project ‘Inner and Outer Exile in Fascist Germany and Spain’.

Dietmar Wozniak

Director, Languages for All
Senior Language Tutor
Co-ordinator for German, Languages for All

As director of Languages for All I have overall responsibility for the team’s activities and the University's Institute Wide Language Programme (IWLP). In addition, I teach German language at all levels and offer modules on German politics.

Dr Xiaohui Yuan

Lecturer in Interpreting and Translation Studies

I lecture on Chinese-English Interpreting and Translation Studies. My research interests include intercultural pragmatics in translation and interpreting, using translation and interpreting in mediation, and cultural influence on mediation.

Dr Enea Zaramella

Dr Enea Zaramella

Lecturer in Latin American Studies

I was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages at Birmingham in 2017. My main research and teaching interests are Latin American literatures and sound cultures between the late 19th and late 20th centuries.

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.

Professor Michael Caesar

Emeritus Professor of Italian Studies

My current responsibilities (2012-14) are directed to teaching and researching on Leopardi. The first complete English edition of his notebooks (Zibaldone) will be published in 2013 (www.birmingham.ac.uk/leopardi)

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 Franco D'Intino

Honorary Senior Research Fellow
Director of the Leopardi Centre

My main research interests are the work of Leopardi (in the context of European Romanticism) and the relationship between prose genres (autobiography, novel) and ethics in modern European literatures (XVIII-XX centuries).

Professor William John Dodd

Emeritus Professor of Modern German Studies

I joined the University of Birmingham as a lecturer in German in 1980 and retired as Professor of Modern German Studies in 2014. I am a member of the research project  “Inner and outer exile in fascist Germany and Spain: a comparative study”, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Professor David Hill

Emeritus Professor of German Studies

My main research interests lie in the literature, culture and society of Germany around the end of the eighteenth century.

Dr Robert Oakley

Honorary Research Fellow in Hispanic Studies

I taught Spanish, Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Language and Literature at the University of Birmingham for 31 years, retiring in 1998.

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. 

 

Professor Ronald Speirs

Emeritus Professor of German Studies

My research is on German literary and intellectual topics since the later nineteenth century, including Friedrich Nietzsche, Max Weber, Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht.

Professor Wilfried van der Will

Honorary Professor of Modern German Studies

Wide ranging research interests in 19th and 20th century German culture, philosophy and politics, especially from the end of the First World War to the present. Has published books and essays on German literature and society post-1945, on the worker-culture movement of the Weimar Republic, on culture in the Third Reich, on protest and democracy from the 1960s to the 1980s and on the reception of ...

Dr Jacqueline Visconti

Honorary Research Fellow

Jacqueline Visconti is Associate Professor in Italian Linguistics at Genoa University, as well as Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Birmingham and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Reading. In 2014 she received Habilitation to Full Professor in Italian linguistics.

Professor Dennis Wood

Emeritus Professor of French Literature and Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques

In the French department I taught on undergraduate and postgraduate courses on literature and cinema, including a final-year option on Godard, Resnais and Rohmer. I was Head of Department from 1997 to 2002. In my retirement I have continued to edit Benjamin Constant’s Correspondance généralewith Dr C P Courtney (Christ’s College, Cambridge) and Dr Adrianne J Tooke ...