Prior to taking up a post as Tutor in French Language and Culture at Swansea University in September 2014, I studied principally at the University of Aberdeen, where I obtained an MA (Hons) and PhD in French studies, and an MLitt in Comparative Literature and Thought. Following the award of my PhD I moved to Cumbria where I studied for a PGCE in secondary French.

My main research interests lie in the field of Second World War French literature and testimony and in particular the works of Jorge Semprun and Robert Antelme. In addition to memory studies, other areas of interest include contemporary French cinema and the writings of Roland Barthes and Maurice Blanchot.

Publications

  1. In search of lost memory: Preservation and ruination in the works of Jorge Semprún. Memory Studies, 175069801876116
  2. Exploring the Canon: Jorge Semprún and the Legacy of Primo Levi. Journal of War & Culture Studies, 1-14.

Teaching

  • ML-102 Modern European Film: Themes and Perspectives

    This module explores themes of metamorphoses and adaptation in six contemporary European films. Each film depicts transformative human experiences, significant events that can be seen as rites of passage in various stages of people's lives. The module also introduces methods by which such experiences are represented through the medium of film. The films selected for this module are in French, German, Italian, and Spanish, and are all subtitled.

  • 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-321 Modern Languages Dissertation

    This module provides students with the opportunity to research one aspect of French, German, Italian or Hispanic culture in detail, and to present the findings of their research in a dissertation of 8000 words. The module will be taught by means of four practical seminars on research and writing skills, and through three formal supervision sessions with a dissertation supervisor. Your supervisor will help you to find a topic, suggest research strategies, agree a suitable title, discuss the structure of your dissertation, and will read closely and comment on one draft chapter. The topic may relate to a module you are doing at Level 3, provided that this does not involve a duplication of material and is agreed with the module coordinator in advance. The dissertations may be written in English, in your target language, or in Welsh (where Welsh-medium provision is available).

  • 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.

  • MLF100A Introduction to French Culture (A)

    Knowledge of French culture is an important part of the study of the French language. This module aims to introduce students to the culture of France from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We shall study different cultural forms, such as poetry, novel and film. Poems from Baudelaire¿s Les Fleurs du mal will enable students to familiarise themselves with some French poetic forms. The poems will explore how beauty can be born out of evil, disease, despair, and death, and how through sensuality, alcohol, drugs and travel, the poet can transcend his solitude and anguish. The representation of women in particular will be looked at. The study of La Chatte by Colette will enable students to reflect further on gender relations at the beginning of the 20th century, as well as societal changes in France at the time, to understand how space can be a structuring principle, as well as analyse Colette¿s poetic style. Through the study of Louis Malle¿s controversial film, Lacombe, Lucien (1974), students will gain an appreciation of life in France during the Second World War. More specifically, they will consider the reasons why some individuals chose to collaborate, and the extent to which it is possible to judge those individuals based on their actions. To facilitate this discussion, students will also reflect on `the banality of evil¿ (Arendt, 1963), its representation in the film, and the manner in which this theory asks us to reconsider our understanding of both historical and contemporary acts of violence and abuses of power. Students will be given guidance in writing essays about culture and doing close textual readings through commentary writing. The module provides students with the analytical skills and basic knowledge which they need to pursue further cultural and historical modules in French in more detail. A Welsh-medium version of this module is available.

  • MLF100B Introduction to French Culture (B)

    This module provides an insight into the nature and diversity of countries and regions in the world where French plays a significant role, by studying contemporary works from francophone societies such as the Antilles, north and west Africa, and Quebec. Students are introduced to a wide variety of cultural forms, such as film, short stories and a novel. The module investigates issues and themes such as childhood and coming of age, family, gender, sexuality, migration, otherness, language and identity. The module provides students with the analytical skills and foundation knowledge which they need to pursue further cultural and historical modules in French in more detail. A Welsh-medium version of this module is available

  • MLF160A French Language 1A

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of French which will equip students with the skills needed to use French in day-to-day life and professional environments. The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students at A level (or equivalent) and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken French, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary French society and culture. The module aims to enhance students¿ employability by providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of French in contexts relating to the world of work. Classes are mainly conducted in French. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLF160B. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module: MLF160AW.

  • MLF160B French Language 1B

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of French which will equip students with the skills needed to use French in day-to-day life and professional environments. The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students at A level (or equivalent) and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken French, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary French society and culture. The module aims to enhance students¿ employability by providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of French in contexts relating to the world of work. Classes are mainly conducted in French. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLF160A. There is a Welsh-medium version of this module: MLF160BW.

  • 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.

  • MLF270A Intermediate French Language 2A

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of French which will equip students with the skills needed to use French in day-to-day life and professional environments. The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students in their beginners' language modules and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken French, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary French society and culture. The module aims to enhance students¿ employability by providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of French in contexts relating to the world of work. Classes are mainly conducted in French. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLF270B. There is a Welsh-medium version of this module: MLF270AW.

  • MLF270B Intermediate French Language 2B

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of French which will equip students with the skills needed to use French in day-to-day life and professional environments. The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students in their beginners' language modules and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken French, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary French society and culture. The module aims to enhance students¿ employability by providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of French in contexts relating to sustainability. Classes are mainly conducted in French. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLF270A. There is a Welsh-medium version of this module: MLF270BW.

  • MLF300 French for Professional Purposes 3

    This module is designed to be of interest and relevance not only to specialist language students, but also to other students of French who welcome the opportunity to extend the range of their linguistic experience and competence.

  • MLF303A French General Language 3 for francophone exchange students

    This module offers practice and development of skills in translation from English to French and writing in English, and is specifically intended for francophone exchange students visiting Swansea. The writing classes will give you practice in the exercises covered by the module, and will reinforce your existing writing skills and grammatical knowledge as well as introducing new concepts.

  • MLF305 Intersectional Identities in Contemporary French Cinema

    French cinema has long played a leading role in challenging the mores of contemporary society. Through the analysis of five films, which will be situated in their cultural, historical and political context, this module seeks to examine the representation and intersection of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and gender in contemporary French cinema. In so doing, it will highlight the continued importance of `la caméra-stylo¿ both for our understanding of society and the people who comprise it, and for the manner in which it encourages new ways of seeing, feeling and belonging.

  • MLF330A French General Language 3A

    This module is the culmination of advanced level study of French which will equip students with the skills needed to communicate orally and in writing at a near-native level. This module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students from the beginners and advanced language pathways. It concentrates on developing clarity, fluency, organisation, structure and accuracy in written and spoken French, establishing a firm understanding of the finer points of the language relating to grammar and discourse, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, and speak about issues related to contemporary francophone society and culture. Classes are mainly conducted in French. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLF330B. There is also a Welsh- medium version of this module: MLS330AW.

  • MLT301A Translation Project (Sem 1)

    Professional translation involves much more than replacing expressions in one language by expression in another one. In this module, you will put into practice everything you have learned about the translation process in the course of your studies. Together with your supervisor you will agree on a text to be translated and you will be given a translation brief specifying the practical context of the translation. Depending on the subject, you might want to use computer tools and/or do some terminological research as part of your translation work. The assessment does not only consist of the translation you produce, but also takes into account your commentary. The commentary will describe the problems you encountered in the translation and your approach to these problems.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Departmental Publicity and Outreach Officer - COAH, Swansea University

    2014 - Present

Key Grants and Projects

  • AHRC Doctoral Funding 2009 - 2012