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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

 

Research in French

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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).

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.

 

Jones, Dr Mari

Mari Jones is interested in all aspects of language change, language contact, language obsolescence and language revitalisation, with a particular focus on the Romance Languages and the Celtic Languages. Her current research involves the analysis of Insular and Mainland Norman.

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.

 

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.

McMahon, Dr Laura

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

 

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.

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.

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News and Research Opportunities

Cambridge University article features research of Dr Rebecca Reich

29 April 2019

Fantastic piece showcasing Dr Rebecca Reich's recent publication, 'State of Madness: Psychiatry, Literature and Dissent after Stalin'.

CFP Cambridge French Graduate conference 25-26 April 2019

10 January 2019

'Retards/Delays’ French Graduate Conference University of Cambridge 25th-26th April 2019 Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Prof. Achille Mbembe, Dr Adeline Desbois-Ientile, Dr Claire White. The ‘temporal turn’ of the last decade has witnessed the return of the concept of delay at the centre of literary and artistic production...

MEITS presented research at the House of Commons

6 December 2018

MEITS was part of a parliamentary event to present the research of the four OWRI projects at the House of Commons on Wednesday 28 November.

Anna Korhonen develops an AI system which may accelerate the search for cancer discoveries

5 December 2018

Anna Korhonen (DTAL and Language Technology Lab) and Masashi Narita (Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute) have developed an AI system which may accelerate the search for cancer discoveries.

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