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Research by Thematic Field

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

 

Research by Thematic Field: Literature

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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.

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.

 

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.

Brundin, Dr Abigail

Abigail Brundin's research interests include the literature and culture of the Italian renaissance, with a particular focus on women writers, poetry, print culture, devotional literature, censorship and religion.

Burgwinkle, Dr Bill

Bill Burgwinkle is a specialist in Medieval French and Occitan literature, gender and sexuality, and critical theory. He is currently working on the afterlife of the troubadours, charting the changing notion of belief and its relation to love in the thirteenth century.

Cacho, Dr Rodrigo

Rodrigo works on early modern literature and culture, focusing on comparative studies including European poetry and visual arts in Spain, Portugal, Italy and France. He is currently working on the early development of Spanish American poetry in its transatlantic context.

 

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.

 

Chesters, Dr Timothy

Timothy Chesters is a specialist in French Renaissance literature and thought. He is especially interested in developing a cognitively inflected approach to literary texts, able to take account of current research in psychology (perception, attention, intuition), philosophy (especially philosophy of mind), and linguistics (pragmatics and Relevance Theory). Though this is a broad-ranging project, Tim retains a special focus on the major authors of the French Renaissance (Rabelais, Scève, Ronsard and Montaigne). 

Chinca, Dr Mark

Mark Chinca's research spans several areas of medieval and early modern German literature in its comparative context: aesthetics and poetics; theory of fiction; ars moriendi; devotional and pastoral writing, especially relating to the Last Things; early Middle High German literature; text editing; the Kaiserchronik.

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.

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. 

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.

Darlow, Dr Mark

Mark Darlow specialises in eighteenth-century French theatre and music (especially opéra-comique), Rousseau, Bernardin de Saint-Pierre and the culture of the Revolutionary period.

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.

Drayson, Dr Elizabeth

Elizabeth Drayson work on medieval and early modern Spanish literature and cultural history, with a particular interest in the relationship between Arabic, Jewish, and Christian cultures in medieval and Golden Age Spain, as well as the interpretation of medieval literature in art and film.

 

Egan, Dr Caroline

Caroline Egan studies early colonial Latin American literature and culture, with a particular focus on texts written in and about Amerindian languages in the 16th and 17th centuries. Her research deals with the categories of orality and literacy in the broad context of the colonial Americas. Trained in comparative literature, she is also interested in reimaginings of the colonial period in later American literary works. 

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. 

 

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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.

 

Gilby, Dr Emma

Emma Gilby's research focuses on early modern France. She is particularly interested in early modern critical thinking about literature and the visual arts, and in investigating modern critical practices by considering their history. She is currently working on Descartes in the context of contemporary poetic theory.

 

Gill, Dr Miranda

Miranda Gill works mainly on nineteenth-century French literature and European thought. Her research focuses on the history of the emotions and pre-scientific moral psychology. She is particularly interested in the relationship between masculinity, the emotions, and self-control in literary and discursive texts.

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.

 

Griffin, Dr Miranda

Miranda Griffin works on medieval French literature from the eleventh to the fifteenth century. In particular, she is interested in exploring the way in which the human and the nonhuman are defined in the Middle Ages. Miranda's current project focuses on the depiction of landscape and journeys in medieval French literature.

 

Guild, Dr Elizabeth

Liz Guild works on the history of subjectivity in early modern France, particularly the interrelated histories of thought and affect. She focuses on texts produced during the cultural, political and religious upheaval of the later sixteenth century, and explores the effects of such conditions on thought and affect as evident in developments in form, rhetoric and poetics at the time, notably in Montaigne's writing.

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.

 

Hammond, Prof Nicholas

Nick Hammond is Professor of early modern French literature and culture, with particular interest in popular culture (street songs), sexuality, religious thought, poetry and theatre. The writers he has worked on include Pascal and writers attached to Port-Royal, Sévigné, Lafayette, Corneille, Molière, Racine, Bossuet, D'Aubignac, Saint-Pavin, Furetière and Tallemant des Réaux. He is currently leading a project which involves transcribing and performing 17th- and 18th-century street songs (http://www.parisiansoundscapes.org).

 

Haywood, Dr Louise M.

Louise Haywood’s work focuses on medieval Iberian literature and culture, particularly visual culture and space. Her main interests include authority, truancy and humour; premodern notions of the body and psychology, particularly as they relate to power, love, gender and sexuality; manuscript communities; and the representation of Christians, Jews and Muslims. Her work on Juan Ruiz’s Libro de buen amor, the fifteenth-century cancionero and teaching translation is well known.

 

Hunter, Dr Helen

Helen Hunter's research focuses on intertextual networks and the evolution of literary motifs. Her doctoral thesis compared uses of biblical imagery in the Middle High German Gregorius and its 20th century counterparts. Her current work on the Kaiserchronik traces the variants of that text across its c. 350 year transmission, its textual influences and legacy.

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.

 

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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.

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.

Kingman, Dr John

John Kingman's doctoral thesis was on Russian Modernism, particularly Boris Pilniak. He is currently researching a book on the development of animal imagery in Russian literature.

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.

 

Kolkenbrock, Dr Marie

Marie Kolkenbrock is currently working on a scholarly biography of the Viennese Modernist Arthur Schnitzler. Marie’s PhD (Cambridge 2014) explored a conceptual and structural link between the belief in the higher power of destiny and stereotypes of Jewishness, madness, blackness, and femininity in prose texts by Arthur Schnitzler. Her general research interests are literature and psychoanalysis, sociology of literature, Race and Gender Studies, cultural history of science, history and theory of biography.

 

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.

Lee, Dr Charlotte

Charlotte Lee specialises in German literature and thought. Her first book was on Goethe, and her current project looks at the role of movement in the work of a range of poets.

 

Leigh, Dr John

John Leigh works on French writing of the eighteenth century. He is particularly interested in particular writers, such as Voltaire and Beaumarchais, but also likes to pursue various themes as they develop throughout the century in their European context. He is interested also in the way many of the period's thinkers use fictional forms, such as plays and stories, to express their ideas.

Lennon, Dr Paul Joseph

Paul Lennon's research focuses on the literature and culture of Golden Age Peninsular Spain. In particular, he is interested in poetry and the philosophical currents that helped shape it, such as Neoplatonism.

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.

 

Midgley, Prof David

David Midgley works on German literature, culture and thought of the period 1890 to 1960. His research is currently focused primarily on the writings of Alfred Döblin.

 

Moriarty, Prof Michael

Michael Moriarty’s research deals with the intersection between literature, philosophy, and theology in early modern France (late sixteenth to early eighteenth centuries). He has worked on, among others, Montaigne, Descartes, Pascal, La Rochefoucauld, Malebranche, and La Bruyère, focusing particularly on their representation of human nature and on the ethical and religious dimensions of their thought.

 

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. 

 

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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. 

 

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.

 

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.

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, Mr 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.

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.

 

Taylor, Dr Andrew

Andrew Taylor's research lies broadly in the writing and culture of renaissance humanism with particular interests in the translation of ancient texts, scholarship and book history in the sixteenth century, and Anglo-French religious and literary relations in the early Reformation. 

 

Tonneau, Dr Olivier

Dr Tonneau is a specialist of early-modern French thought, especially Pascal and Diderot. He is interested in Theology, ethics, politics, the relation between philosophy and literature, Pascal, Diderot, Robespierre, the French revolution, Aimé Césaire.

 

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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.

Webb, Dr Heather

Dr Heather Webb’s research focuses on concepts of personhood, embodiment, and intersubjectivity in late medieval Italy. Her current work is concerned with gesture and devotion in Dante’s Comedy and as visualised by his late medieval and early modern readers.

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.

 

White, Dr Nicholas

Nick White's research focuses on 19th century French literature, with a particular interest in the issues of war, friendship, love, marriage, and the family, and in the methods of cultural and literary history. Having written books on "The Family in Crisis in Late Nineteenth-Century French Fiction" (1999) and "French Divorce Fiction from the Revolution to the First World War" (2012), he is currently writing on the "war before the First World War": in other words, the Franco-Prussian War and the Commune (1870-71).

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.

 

Yeandle, Prof David

David Yeandle’s principal research interests are German historical linguistics (all periods), comparative Germanic philology, the sociolinguistics of contemporary German, and German medieval literature, including early medieval.

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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