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Research by Period

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

 

Research by Period: 1945 - present

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Antonello, Dr Pierpaolo

​Pierpaolo Antonello's research interests include Modern Italian cultural history and intellectual history, Modern Italian visual culture, including art and cinema, René Girard’s mimetic theory.

 

Astruc, Dr Lluisa

Lluisa Astruc works on Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. Her research focuses on the acquisition of the first and the second language, and on wider issues around teaching and learning Modern Languages. For instance, the 4-year project "Diasporic identities and the politics of modern language teaching" (funded by AHRC OWRI grant as part of a larger project led by Kings College London) focuses on the role of modern language teachers as mediators between languages and cultures.

 

Ayres-Bennett, Prof Wendy

Wendy Ayres-Bennett specialises in the history of French and the history of linguistic thought. Her research interests include standardisation and codification, linguistic ideology and policy, variation and change.

Azérad, Dr Hugues

Hugues Azérad specialises in comparative literature and aesthetics (Proust, Joyce, Faulkner, Bonnefoy, Glissant, Nerval, Benjamin, Adorno, Rancière), postcolonial literature,  modernisms, utopia, film, French literature/poetry from 19th century to the present and links between Language learning and cultural studies.

Bill, Dr Stanley

Stanley Bill works largely on twentieth-century Polish literature and culture, with particular interests in religion, postcolonial interpretations of Polish cultural history, and Polish-Ukrainian relations. He has written on Czesław Miłosz, Bruno Schulz, postcolonial theory in the Polish context, as well as on religious problems in the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky.

 

Boldy, Prof Steven

Steven Boldy works on modern Latin American Literature, principally from Argentina and Mexico. He focuses mainly on individual authors such as Julio Cortázar, Jorge Luis Borges, Carlos Fuentes and Juan Rulfo.

 

Cameron, Dr Bryan

Bryan Cameron's research centers on modern Spanish culture with a particular focus on literary, filmic and ideological production from the eighteenth century to the present.

Clemente, Marie-Christine

Marie-Christine Clemente specializes in 20th- and 21st-century French literature and culture, with a particular focus on questions of memory and autobiography.

Colvin, Prof Sarah

Sarah Colvin's research interests are in the areas of narrative theory and practice; cognitive and ethical approaches to literature; women’s writing and prisoner narratives; and writing and (political) violence. Her current research is on narratives by prisoners and the use and functions of arts in prisons, and she is a steering committee member for the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA).

Crowley, Dr Martin

Martin Crowley works on modern and contemporary French and Francophone thought and culture, looking in particular at cultural and philosophical engagements with the demands of ethics and politics.

Damlé, Dr Amaleena

Amaleena Damlé's research interests lies in embodiment, affect, gender and sexuality in 20th- and 21st-century French and francophone literature, philosophy and visual culture. She is the author of The Becoming of the Body: Contemporary Women's Writing in French (EUP, 2014), and is currently working on a new project that considers emotional life in the feminine in recent French culture.

Davis, Dr Stuart

Stuart Davis specialises in modern and contemporary Spanish Peninsular culture, with a particular interest in memory, shame and other emotions in literature, film and visual cultures. He has long standing interests in in canon theory, metacriticism, museum studies and representations of gender and sexuality.

Epps, Prof Brad

Brad Epps' research interests interests include eighteenth to twenty-first century Spanish and Latin American literature, Catalan literature and film, Ibero-American cinema, photography, and art, Hispanophone Africa, theories of visuality, modernity, critical theory, gender and sexuality studies, feminist thought, queer theory, urban cultures, immigration, and post-colonial studies, among others. 

 

Evans, Dr Georgina

Georgina Evans works on cinema, focusing on the communication of sensory experience, including non-human senses, the representation of that which is ordinarily invisible, underwater film, non-mammalian animals on film, formal questions concerning the construction of the frame and the 'fourth wall', and fairytales. She is based in the French department but her interests extend beyond French cinema, and address film from the early 20th century onwards.

Finnin, Dr Rory

Rory Finnin's primary research interest is the interplay of literature and national identity in Ukraine. He also studies Soviet Russian dissident literature and Turkish nationalist literature. His broader interests include nationalism theory, human rights discourse, and problems of cultural memory.

Gordon, Prof Robert

Robert Gordon works on the literature, cinema and cultural history of modern Italy.  His books include works on Pier Paolo Pasolini, Primo Levi, Bicycle Thieves and the legacies of the Holocaust in postwar Italy.

James, Dr Ian

Ian James's research focus' primarily on twentieth-century and contemporary French philosophy and critical theory and also on literary and visual aesthetics. He is currently engaged in a project that interrogates engagements with science and technology in contemporary French thought.

 

Kantaris, Dr Geoffrey

Geoffrey Kantaris's research focuses on Latin American cinema with particular interest in contemporary urban film produced in Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and Brazil. He has additionally worked on Latin American women's literature and on the theory of Latin American popular culture. He has strong interests in urban theory, human geography and theories of spatiality, "translocal" cultures, the politics of culture in Latin America, spatiality, "translocal" cultures, the politics of culture in Latin America, feminism and posthumanism.

 

Karcher, Dr Katharina

Katharina Karcher's research focuses on protest movements, political extremism and violence in contemporary Germany. She is interested in gender theory and feminist thought, the relationship of violence and political subjectivity, and in theories of social change. Among other topics, she has published on the history of feminist ideas and practices, left-wing violence and terrorism.

Keown, Prof Dominic

Dominic Keown works on culture in Spain from 1833 to the present day. He is particularly interested in the interface between the official Spanish creative voice in literature, cinema and the arts and the dissident response from the Catalan-speaking areas in all their variety. He has translated many of the principal exponents of this ideological antagonism into English. 

Khalfa, Dr Jean

Jean Khalfa’s areas of research are the history of philosophy, modern literature (in particular contemporary poetry and Francophone writing), aesthetics and anthropology.

 

Larsen, Dr Susan

Susan Larsen's research focuses primarily on questions  of gender and national identity in Russian culture from the late 18th century through the present.  Current projects include work on Russian girls' culture, 1764-1917; sound in 1960s Soviet cinema; late Soviet musicals; and contemporary Russian documentary.  Earlier work includes studies of Mikhail Bulgakov and 20th-century Russian theatre.

Ledgeway, Prof Adam

Adam Ledgeway is Professor of Italian and Romance Linguistics and his research interests include the comparative history and morphosyntax of the Romance languages, Italian dialectology, Latin, Italo-Greek, syntactic theory, and linguistic change. His research is channelled towards bringing together traditional Romance philological scholarship with the insights of recent generative syntactic theory.

Lisboa, Prof Maria Manuel

Maria Manuel (Manucha) Lisboa's research interests lie in the area of manifestations of political, religious and social dissent in literary and visual texts in Portugal and Brazil from the nineteenth century to the present.

Maguire, Dr Geoffrey

Geoffrey Maguire’s research and teaching interests focus on the intersections of politics and culture in contemporary Latin America, with a particular emphasis on 21st-century Argentine literature, film and visual art.

McMahon, Dr Laura

Laura McMahon's research focuses on French and Francophone cinema, contemporary French philosophy, and intersections between film and philosophy.

 

McNeill, Dr Isabelle

Isabelle McNeill works on French and transnational cinema and film theory, with a particular interest in cultural memory, urban space, belonging and travel. Her current focus is on representations of Paris in cinema, addressing questions of urban history, tourism and architectural/cinematic perspective.

 

Neumann, Dr Annja

Annja Neumann works on literature and medicine in Modern German literature. Her research explores Medical Humanities and Digital Humanities through Literary Studies and is closely linked to the digital critical edition of Arthur Schnitzler’s middle period works. She is particularly interested in interrelations between medical topographies and poetics of doctor-writers. The conjunction between body and textuality also defines her research on 20th century poetry.

 

Nikiporets-Takigawa, Dr Galina

Galina’s research interests primarily concern contemporary Russian and post-socialist politics, culture and society, the Big Data mining and analytics for mapping the sociopolitical and cultural change, the post-soviet national identities and memory, political activism and networked social movements.

O'Bryen, Dr Rory

Rory O'Bryen’s research focuses on nineteenth and twentieth-century Colombian culture, and specifically on the intersections between literature and politics. 

Page, Dr Joanna

Joanna Page's research focuses on Argentine literature and cinema, Chilean cinema, and graphic fiction from Latin America. Her work engages with theories of science and culture, as well as new materialist and posthuman thought, postcolonial theory, film and new media theories, and capitalism and neoliberalism in Latin America.

 

Polgovsky Ezcurra, Dr Mara

The work of Mara Polgovsky Ezcurra focuses on twentieth-century Latin American art and visual culture, in particular looking at the relationship between art and politics, the body in contemporary art, and, more recently, art and technoscience. Her areas of expertise are Mexico, Argentina and Chile. Polgovsky Ezcurra’s approach to the study of the history and politics of art is rooted in an effort to make visible the social value of this practice, share this value with students and other audiences, and understand how art is responding to recent processes of political and technological change. Her work has an interdisciplinary orientation, engaging with the fields of politics, philosophy, history of science, and anthropology.

 

Post, Dr Brechtje

Brechtje is interested in how linguistic systems exploit speech sound to convey different types of meaning, and in particular, on the role played by prosody (i.e. intonation, accentuation, rhythm, and phrasing). She uses a multi-disciplinary approach to investigate how the mappings between relevant linguistic structures and their realisation vary cross-linguistically in speech production and perception, how they are processed in the brain, and how they are acquired by children and adult learners.

 

Ramos-Jordan, Dr Alicia

Alicia Ramos Jordan works mainly on Spanish and US Latino Literature, with a particular focus on Chicano/a Literature written in Spanish and its relation to Hispanic Literature. She is interested in how the reception of Spanish literature in hybrid and multilingual U.S.-Latino/a texts alters the understanding of the classical literature. She analyzes too the problem of translation.

Reich, Dr Rebecca

Rebecca Reich’s primary research interests are in twentieth-century Russian literature and culture. She also has interdisciplinary interests in film and popular culture; intellectual and cultural history; and the history of science, medicine, print culture, law and dissent. Her current project examines psychiatric and literary conceptions of insanity in the Soviet Union from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Richardson, Dr Kylie

Kylie Richardson’s research has focused in the past on issues in Slavonic linguistics, and primarily on Slavonic morpho-syntax. She is still interested in topics in Slavonic aspect. She is, however, currently working on language and consciousness, which includes researching the shamanic explorers of consciousness in Slavonic history and culture.

Ruprecht, Dr Lucia

Lucia Ruprecht is researching across literature, dance, and film studies, from around 1800 to the 21st century. She has specific interests in theories of subjectivity, the relationship between performance and discourse, virtuosity as a cultural paradigm, cultures of gesture, and new theoretical approaches to dance historiography.

 

Schuery, Felipe

Felipe Schuery has a Master’s degree in Literature and Discourse Analysis and worked on the notion of "Image of the Author" in the Academia Brasileira de Letras. Moreover, he is interested in Children’s Literature - his first book was published in 2013: Ralf & Demi – Uma história de duas metades (Quatro Cantos); Foreign Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics and Translation.

 

von Zitzewitz, Dr Josephine

Josephine von Zitzewitz's main interest is Russian poetry from the period of modernism to the 21th century. Her published research to date focuses on the late Soviet period, in particular 'underground' literature. She is also working on religious thought and its intersection with literature. An additional field of research is the literature and material memory of the Gulag.

Webber, Prof Andrew J.

Andrew J. Webber’s research covers a wide range of textual and visual culture over the modern period. He has particular interests in questions of identity and place, in relationships between literature, film and other media, and in cultural theory.

Weiss-Sussex, Dr Godela

Godela Weiss-Sussex's research interests lie in German-Jewish Writing by women as a minor literature, and consumerism and modernity in German literature of the 20th century.

Whaley, Prof Joachim, FBA

Joachim Whaley's research so far has concentrated on the history of the Holy Roman Empire in the early modern period. He has also written extensively on the German Enlightenment and its legacy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Further fields of interest on which he has published regularly are the question of German identity since the fifteenth century, the German memory of the Reformation from the sixteenth century to the present and the historiography of medieval and early modern German history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is currently working on a larger project that will survey the history of German-speaking Europe from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Wilson, Prof Emma

Emma Wilson has research interests in questions of affect, memory, the senses, love and desire. She has written on children in cinema, and on uses of cinema in contexts of intimate and historical responses to loss and pain.

Young, Prof Christopher

Chris Young has dual research expertise in medieval German literature and language (primarily of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries) and in the history of sport in modern Germany and Europe (including its mediatization in the early twentieth century).

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