I completed my PhD thesis on ‘Representations of Travel and Memory in 1960s and 1970s French and German Literature’ at Cardiff University in 2003. I joined Swansea on a full-time basis as a Welsh-medium tutorial fellow in January 2004 and was appointed as a lecturer in September 2004. I have also taught at a business college in Kassel, Germany, and have worked as a German language tutor and associate lecturer for the MA ‘Literature in European Cultures’ at Cardiff University.

I am a founder member of MEICAM (Research group for the study of Modern European Ideologies, Conflict and Memory), and co-organised the conference Constructions of Conflict: Transmitting Memories of the Past in European Historiography, Literature and Media, that was held at Swansea University on 10-12 September 2007.

Publications

  1. Textual Travel Companions: Negotiating Joint-Authored Journeys. In Alasdair Pettinger and Tim Youngs (Ed.), Ashgate Research Companion to Travel Writing. Ashgate.
  2. Locating Pays de Galles in the Twenty-First Century: Dynamic Model or Forgotten World?. Studies in Travel Writing 18(2), 187-198.
  3. & Travel writing and Wales. Studies in Travel Writing 18(2), 101-106.
  4. Turning Travel into 'Travail': Twenty-First-Century 'Voyageuses engagées'. Nottingham French Studies 52(1), 24-43.
  5. & (Eds.). Constructions of Conflict: Transmitting Memories of the Past in European Historiography, Literature and Culture. Oxford: Peter Lang.

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Teaching

  • ML-104W Hanes a Diwylliant Ewropeaidd

    Mae¿r modiwl hwn yn fodiwl perffaith ar gyfer myfyrwyr y Celfyddydau ar ddechrau eu gyrfa academaidd. Mae¿n archwilio newidiadau allweddol yn hanes, syniadaeth a diwylliant Ewrop o 1789 i¿r cyfnod modern. Serch hynny, nid modiwl hanesyddol yn unig yw hwn. Fe gewch amlinelliad o hanes a datblygiad Ewrop yn gyffredinol, ond fe¿ch anogir i ddadansoddi diwylliant Ewropeaidd a pherthnasedd cyfnodau hanesyddol pwysig i¿r datblygiad hwnnw. Mae¿r modiwl yn darparu sail hollbwysig er mwyn i chi allu astudio diwylliant a hanes gwledydd Ewrop mewn dyfnder a manylder a byddwn yn cyfeirio at ystod eang o ffurfiau diwylliannol: llenyddiaeth, celf, delweddau a ffilm. Mae¿r modiwl yn cynnig arolwg o fudiadau allweddol yn syniadaeth a diwylliant Ewrop, yn ogystal â digwyddiadau hollbwysig `Ewropeaidd¿ sydd hefyd yn cyfrannu¿n sylweddol at hanes y byd: Chwyldroadau gwleidyddol y 19eg Ganrif, y Chwyldro Diwydiannol, Twf Cenedlaetholdeb, Syniadau newydd fel Sosialaeth a Chomiwnyddiaeth, Twf Ffasgaeth, y ddau Ryfel Byd, er enghraifft. Yn ystod hanner cyntaf y cwrs, fe fyddwn yn canolbwyntio ar y 18fed a¿r 19eg Ganrif, ac yn dysgu am gyd-destun hanesyddol a chymdeithasol Ewrop ar drothwy¿r Oes Fodern. Edrychwn ar Oes Oleuedig, a¿r 19eg ganrif a¿r Oes Ramantaidd. Mae¿r ail dymor yn canolbwyntio ar yr ugeinfed ganrif a hyd at y presennol.

  • ML-227 War and Conflict in European Film (Modern Languages route)

    War and Conflict in European Film provides a detailed overview of the history of war and conflict in Europe from the early twentieth century to the present day as it is represented and expressed on film. Beginning with the origins of film-art fused with political expression, the module proceeds through the analysis of film movements and representative films to engage with and analyse the development of war and conflict in Europe as it is represented and expressed in relation to film narrative, aesthetics and genre. Encompassing both World Wars, the rise and fall of Communism, the often violent end of European colonialism, and the `oil wars¿ of recent decades, this module is of vital interest to all those with an interest in the history of Europe, the nature of war and conflict, and the response of film, the art form of the twentieth century, to these events and themes.

  • ML-320 Modern Languages Dissertation Preparation

    This module introduces you to the practice of research and dissertation writing in the field of Modern Languages and will guide you in the first part of your dissertation preparation. Areas covered include: selecting a relevant topic, asking relevant research questions, preparing and writing up a literature review, preparing and writing up a research proposal, research methods and library research tools, making use of foreign-language sources, structuring your dissertation, analysis and argumentation, compiling a bibliography. In addition to lectures and seminars, you will have three meetings with your supervisor. By the end of the module you will have developed your dissertation topic, know what methodology you will use and have acquired knowledge of how to organise and lay out your dissertation. Assessment for the module consists of a literature review, a research proposal and a presentation.

  • ML-M02 Fascism and Culture

    The module examines and compares ideological and cultural manifestations in European fascist regimes and their employment in the attempted creation of national communities and totalitarian orders. This is based on an analysis of a variety of primary sources, including literary and political texts, film and other visual materials. All works studied are in English translation, but comparison with the originals is encouraged where students have the appropriate foreign language expertise.

  • MLF100B Introduction to French Culture (B)

    This module provides an insight into some of the key cultural movements and historical events which have shaped contemporary France, from the nineteen century to the present. The module examines the evolutions of the French Republic by introducing students to a wide variety of cultural forms, including a film, paintings, a novella, a short horror story and a novel. The module investigates defining historical periods and issues such as nineteenth-century France, the Second World War and the contemporary consequences of France's colonial past. The module provides students with the skills and foundation knowledge which they need to pursue further cultural and historical modules in French in more detail.

  • MLF220 Paris

    The capital city of France is renowned as the capital of the nineteenth century, the arts and modernity. This module will introduce you to the unique cultural environment of Paris, and you will analyse its evolution from the nineteenth century to the present day. The main focus of the module will be the images of the city as mediated in fiction, art and iconography, architecture, music and film. The module explores the changing urban environment in Paris and its adjacent suburbs, from Baron Haussmann's controversial infrastructure projects in the nineteenth century, to the post-war construction of the HLM in the banlieues, to the twentieth-first century. The module will also examine the reputation of Paris as the capital of romance and its contemporary status as a multicultural metropolis.

  • MLF260A French Language 2A

    This module builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in the first year of study, and will equip students with the skills needed to use French in more complex concrete and abstract social and professional environments. This module aims at building on the skills and knowledge acquired in the first year of study, and will equip students with the skills needed to use French in more complex concrete and abstract social and professional environments appropriate to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It concentrates on developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken French, so that the student can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. It also aims at establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and debate (explaining a viewpoint, giving independent advantages and disadvantages of various options) about topical issues related to contemporary French society and culture. Moreover, the module aims to enhance students¿ employability by systematically developing a personal professional career planning portfolio, providing a sound insight into the world of work. Classes will be conducted mainly in French. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module.

  • MLF325 France and the Second World War: Legacies of the Dark Years

    The module focuses on 21st century legacies of the Second World War in France, in particular written and filmic representations and contemporary memory politics.

  • MLF325W Ffrainc a'r Ail Ryfel Byd: Hanes yr Oesoedd Tywyll

    To be confirmed.

Supervision

  • 'How is Wales depicted in French,German and Dutch travel guidebooks between 1840 and 2010, and in what way do these images differ in their translations? Wales in Continental Guidebooks (1850-2013): A Country on the Imaginative Periphery' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Daniel Williams