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I am a graduate of the University of Liverpool, where I completed a first degree in French and a PhD thesis on the plays and dramatic theory of Diderot. I worked at the Queen’s University of Belfast, the University of Exeter and the University of St Andrews before taking up my present post in the French Department at Swansea in 1989. I am interested in literature of all periods and types, and this has been reflected in my teaching. In my research, I have tended to concentrate on the theatre and, although I still regard myself as principally a dix-huitiémiste, I have branched out from my first work in the eighteenth century, and have now published on various authors from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. As well as specialising in research into drama, I have always been interested in practical drama, and have acted in and directed a number of productions of French plays. This practical experience has influenced both my teaching and research. I am also a keen musician – I play violin and viola – and this has also begun to filter into my research in recent years, with work on the use of music in drama or links between music and drama.


  1. (2016). Critical edition of Piron, 'Gustave-Vasa'. : MHRA
  2. & Zwierciadło ludzkiego żywota. Kraków: Astraia.
  3. Honegger, Cocteau and a Man-Eating Lion on the Eiffel Tower: Concealment and Contradiction. Forum for Modern Language Studies 54(2), 121-135.
  4. ‘Seven Ephesian widows: six French variations on a theme of Petronius’. New Zealand Journal of French Studies 30(1), 5-21.
  5. Scène et salle dans le théâtre forain. In La Scene, la salle et la coulisse dans le theatre du XVIIIe siecle en France. Paris: PUPS.

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