Professor Ceri Crossley

Department of Modern Languages
Emeritus Professor

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


  • BA, PhD (Wales)
  • Docteur Honoris Causa, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques


I was an undergraduate and a postgraduate at the University College of North Wales, Bangor. At Birmingham I served on many University Committees and was also Head of the Department of French Studies and Deputy Head of the School of Modern Languages. I was also Welfare Tutor for the Department of French. I also acted as external examiner for French at a number of British Universities. My duties at Birmingham included the full range of undergraduate teaching and postgraduate supervision.


My research centres on Nineteenth-Century French literature and intellectual history and includes both major and minor figures. I have written extensively on Edgar Quinet (1803-75). Research interests include Anglo-French literary relations, French anti-Semitism, evolutionism, vegetarianism, socialism, occultism.


  • French Historians and Romanticism, reprint, London, Routledge, 2014
  • “Pierre Leroux and the circulus: Soil, Socialism and Salvation in Nineteenth-Century France” in Histoires de la Terre, ed. L. Lyle and D, McCallam, Amsterdam Rodopi, 2008, pp. 105-18.
  • Consumable Metaphors. Attitudes towards Animals and Vegetarianism in Nineteenth-Century France, Oxford, Peter Lang, 2005