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

Teaching

  • HUP314 Feminist Philosophy Since 1950

    This module offers students the chance to explore the development of gendered and feminist philosophy, from the 1950s to the present day. Via text and film, it will combine readings of some of the key thinkers to influence, mould and drive feminist movements, both in Europe and further afield. It seeks to allow students to explore issues such as: the role of language in allowing (or not) the articulation of the subject; the representation and objectification of the female body; societal expectations of gendered roles. It will also examine the manner in which these debates have been somewhat superseded by discussion of gender as a social construction, the implications of the postcolonial turn for feminist studies, and, most recently, demand for a feminism which intersects gender, race, class, ability and ethnicity.

  • HUP315 Philosophy and Film

    Films made across the globe have often explored ethical, metaphysical and existential questions which are central to the study of philosophy. Directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, Michelangelo Antonioni, Wim Wenders, Luis Buñuel, and Claire Denis have enhanced our understanding of such topics as the identity of self and other, the search for an absent God, the `banality of evil¿, alienation, consumption, and gender. Cinema, like literature, makes manifest such universal philosophical questions, but films also provoke thought and questions through innovative formal qualities probing genre expectations, `ways of seeing¿ and modes of perception, as well as human beings¿ place in time and space.

  • HUP316 Philosophy and Literature

    Much significant literature of the twentieth and twenty-first century dramatizes ethical and metaphysical questions that are central to the study of philosophy. Plays and novels by writers such as Bertolt Brecht, Jean-Paul Sartre, Samuel Beckett, Arthur Koestler, Milan Kundera and Jenny Erpenbeck enhance our understanding of ethical plights, moral choices, questions of loyalty, affiliation and commitment, the relationship between art, science, political power and freedom, and the relationship of the self and the other. Literature makes manifest universal philosophical questions. Nevertheless, these novels and plays are marked by the particular disfigurements of twentieth-century history, and our approach will be to reveal how these representations of historical trauma, political oppression and social alienation speak of the immediacy and relevance of both philosophical enquiry and literary interpretation.

  • 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-150 Modern Languages - Introduction to Language Teaching

    By focusing on various aspects of the learning and teaching of modern foreign languages, this module provides an overview of contemporary principles and methods of language teaching which embeds the language skills speaking, listening, reading, and writing alongside vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation in the same curriculum. We will take a closer look at each language skill and the demands that it places on both the teacher and the learner and discuss the choice of methods, resources and content suitable for the MFL classroom while also considering different learning styles. In order to put theory into practice, the students plan, coordinate and reflect upon a lesson which they present to their peers in class while making use of methods and techniques they have learned.

  • 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 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.

  • MLF205 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.

  • 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.

  • MLF270AW Iaith Ffrangeg Canolradd 2A

    Mae'r modiwl hwn yn gosod y sylfaen ar gyfer astudio Ffrangeg ar lefel uwch a fydd yn dysgu'r sgiliau sy'n angenrheidiol i ddefnyddio Ffrangeg mewn amgylchiadau cyffredinol a phroffesiynol i fyfyrwyr sydd wedi cwblhau modiwlau Ffrangeg i ddechreuwyr (neu gwrs cyfwerth). Mae'n canolbwyntio ar ddatblygu rhuglder a chywirdeb wrth ysgrifennu a siarad Ffrangeg, gan sefydlu dealltwriaeth ramadegol gadarn o'r iaith ac ymestyn geirfa'r myfyrwyr i'w galluogi i ddarllen, ysgrifennu, dehongli a siarad am faterion sy'n ymwneud â chymdeithas a diwylliant Ffrengig cyfoes. Bydd y modiwl yn ceisio gwella cyflogadwyedd myfyrwyr drwy gyflwyno Ffrangeg Proffesiynol iddynt, gan ddarparu sylfaen yng ngeirfa a defnydd Ffrangeg ym myd gwaith. Cynhelir y dosbarthiadau yn Ffrangeg yn bennaf. Mae'r modiwl hwn yn cael ei astudio'n aml ar y cyd ag MLF270BW. Mae fersiwn cyfrwng Saesneg o'r modiwl hwn ar gael hefyd, sef MLF270A. 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.

  • 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 seven 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.

Supervision

  • The impossibility of assimilation: the renegotiation of the Nazi past through the historiography of National Socialist Germany. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Julian Preece

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Departmental Publicity and Outreach Officer - COAH, Swansea University

    2014 - Present

Key Grants and Projects

  • AHRC Doctoral Funding 2009 - 2012