Dr Kathryn Jones
Associate Professor
Modern Languages
Telephone: (01792) 295439
Room: Office - 304
Third Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus

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.


  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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  • 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-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

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • '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' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Daniel Williams