Department of French

Modern & Medieval Languages

Department of French

Dr Hugues Azérad    

Dr Hugues Azérad

Magdalene College


Fellow and College Lecturer in French, Magdalene College
Senior Language Teaching Officer
Department of French
On leave Lent 2013

Postal Address:  Magdalene College
Magdalene Street


Phone:   (+44) (0)1223 335049

Fax:   (+44) (0)1223 335062

Hugues Azérad specialises in comparative literature (Nerval, Proust, Reverdy, Joyce, Faulkner, Glissant), aesthetics, modernism and French poetry. He currently works on the notions of the modernist image, aesthetic experience/knowledge and utopia in literature, poetry and film. He is the editor of the contemporary poetry section of The Literary Encyclopedia.

Dr Azérad teaches French literature and language at Part I and Part II level in the French department and at Magdalene College. He also teaches for the MPhil in European Literature programme. He is the co-editor (with Peter Collier) of Twentieth-Century French Poetry: A Critical Anthology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010) (; (with Emma Wagstaff, Michael G. Kelly and Nina Parish) of a double issue of French Forum "Poetic Practice and the Practice of Poetics in French since 1945" (forthcoming, end of 2012) and the author of L'Univers constellé de Proust, Joyce et Faulkner: le concept d'épiphanie dans l'esthétique du modernisme (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2002); of articles on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature in Dalhousie French Studies, Modern Language Review, New Comparison, Journal of Romance Studies, Alizés (, La Revue française, CLC WEB (Purdue University:; of chapters in, among others, Joyce in Trieste (U. Press of Florida, 2007) and Romantic Border Crossings (Ashgate, 2008); Making Sense: For an Effective Aesthetics (Lang, 2011); American Creoles: The Francophone Caribbean and the American South (Liverpool University Press, 2012); of entries in the Encyclopedia of Modern French Thought (Fitzroy Dearborn, 2004), and in The Literary Encyclopedia ( 'Reverdy' and 'Glissant': and of language projects for Cambridge University ( and TeachandLearn (BBC/Open University). In 2010, he co-organized an international conference "Poetic Practice and the Practice of Poetics in French post 1945", held in London and Cambridge (