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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

 

Research by Period: 1900 - 1945

Canal Saint Martin

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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.

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.

Babelotzky, Gregor

Gregor Babelotzky's research interests lie primarily in the area of German literature from the 18th century to modernism, with a special interest in historical-critical editing.

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.

Conde, Dr Maite

​Maite Conde’s research focuses on modern Brazilian culture. More specifically her work engages with questions concerning the relationship between cinema, literature and modernity in Brazil. This involves a sustained examination of theoretical debates regarding the productive dialogue between film and literary modernism in the early 1900s, discussions concerning cinema and modernity in Brazil’s First Republic, and the relationship between film and modern politics from the 1930s onwards. 

Dashwood, Dr Julie

Julie Dashwood's recent research had focused on modern Italian and European theatre, narrative and cultural history. She has, in particular, published extensively on Pirandello, De Roberto, Vivanti and Ristori.

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.

 

Giannakopoulou, Dr Liana

Liana Giannakopoulou's research so far has culminated in two books: The Power of Pygmalion. Ancient Greek Sculpture in Modern Greek Poetry (Peter Lang 2007), which explores how poets shape their artistic identity in relation to Ancient Greek sculpture, and The Parthenon in Poetry. An Anthology (in Greek, published by the Hellenic Historical and Literary Archive in 2009), in which she has conducted extensive research on the presence of this monument in poetry from antiquity to today.

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.

Guthrie, Dr John

John Guthrie works on German literature, thought and culture from the eighteenth century to the present day, Anglo-German literary relations in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, German aesthetics and literary criticism, German drama and theatre, and translation and adaptation.

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.

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.

Kogut Lessa de Sá, Dr Viven

​Vivien Kogut Lessa de Sá is interested in comparative studies involving Brazilian, Portuguese and English literatures and in early modern travel writing.

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.

 

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.

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. 

 

Polonsky, Dr Rachel

Rachel Polonsky works mainly on nineteenth and twentieth century literature and cultural and political history. She is currently researching Russia's relationship with the near east.

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.

Tapp, Dr Alyson

Alyson Tapp's areas of research are Russian literature of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: genre, narrative, subjectivity; history and theory of the novel and of the lyric; natural history, nature writing.

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.

Widdis, Dr Emma

Emma Widdis works mainly on Soviet cinema and culture before 1953; her research treats a broad range of historical materials, including literature, visual art, theory, architecture and popular science. In particular, she is interested in the relationship between cultural production and the project of creating 'new' subjectivities to correspond to revolutionary ideals. 

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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