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Research by Thematic Field

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

 

Research by Thematic Field: Theory and Thought

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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.

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.

Carreres, Dr Ángeles

​Ángeles Carreres's interests lie in the theory and practice of translation and in language teaching and learning. She has published on post-structuralist approaches to translation and, more recently, on the role of translation in language teaching and learning.

 

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). 

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.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

Graham, Dr Calbert

Calbert Graham’s main research interests are phonetic theory, sound change, tone and pitch accent systems, and language acquisition. In particular, he is interested in developing computational models of how various aspects of speech (e.g. physical, perceptual, social) interact to trigger sound change in different speaker populations.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

McMahon, Dr Laura

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

 

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.

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. 

 

Rhodes, Dr John David

John David Rhodes works on a variety of topics in European and American film. He is especially interested in Italian cinema and in relationships among film, architecture, and place. His work engages aesthetic theory, film theory, queer theory, and historical materialism.

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.

 

Toropova, Dr Anna

Anna Toropova’s work focuses on the cinema, culture and society of the Soviet Union before 1953. She is particularly interested in the role of mass culture in the Soviet project of ‘revolutionising’ mind and body. She is currently working on the following projects: 1) a monograph on genre film and the emotional and affective education of the New Soviet Person in the Stalin era, entitled Feeling Revolution: Cinema and the Politics of Affect under Stalin, and 2) a research project on psychological studies of Soviet film and theatre viewers in the 1920s and 1930s. Her wider research interests include theories of affect and emotion, psychoanalysis, and biopolitics.

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.

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.

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