Dr Gregory Herman

Senior Lecturer, Modern Languages

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+44 (0) 1792 604729

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Available For Postgraduate Supervision

About

Greg Herman (MA Hons; MLitt; PhD; PGCE; FHEA) is a Senior Lecturer in French in the Department of Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting. His PhD (University of Aberdeen, 2013) focused on the Second World War testimony of Buchenwald deportee, Jorge Semprun and in particular the tension, present throughout Semprun’s work, between his self-imposed ‘devoir de mémoire’ and his simultaneous desire to forget the traumatic past.

Following his PhD, Greg completed a PGCE (Secondary French) with the University of Cumbria, after which he took up post with Swansea University in September 2014. Currently working on theories of re(-)presentation within contemporary French cinema and in particular the works of Céline Sciamma and François Ozon, Greg welcomes enquiries about postgraduate supervision in all areas of 20th-21st Century French and Francophone literature and culture.

At undergraduate level, and in his capacity of Admissions Tutor, Greg also welcomes contact from prospective students keen to discuss their progression to Higher Education.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Contemporary French Cinema
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Trauma and Memory
  • 2nd Language Pedagogy and Acquisition

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Underpinning much of Greg’s teaching is a desire to ‘speak truth to power.’ Focusing on the re(-)presentation of processes of marginality, inclusion, and exclusion, his undergraduate teaching covers the colonial period to the present day, and intertwines theoretical approaches with cultural practices to foster an understanding of contemporary society and what it means to belong. He also contributes to the department wide module, ‘Introduction to Language Teaching’, and convenes the final year module ‘Classroom Practices’ which, in matching students with local schools, provides students with invaluable practical experience should they wish to progress to our PGCE programme in Modern Foreign Languages. Greg also teaches French language and translation across all undergraduate year groups. 

Research

Selected Publications

Herman, G. (2018). In search of lost memory: Preservation and ruination in the works of Jorge Semprún. Memory Studies. 

Herman, G. (2018). Review of Colin Davis, Traces of War: Interpreting Ethics and Trauma in Twentieth-Century French Writing, in Modern Language Review, 113.4, 881–83

Herman, G., (2017) Exploring the Canon: Jorge Semprún and the Legacy of Primo Levi, Journal of War & Culture Studies, 10:4, 356-369

Herman, G., ‘Jorge Semprún and the Truth of Fiction’ in Autour de l’extême littéraire, ed. By Russell Williams and Alistair Hemmens (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012) pp.61-72

Award Highlights

2018-19: ‘MLF305 – Intersectional Identities in Contemporary French Cinema’ nominated for best new module in the Swansea University Teaching Awards.

Collaborations

2014-18: During this period, Greg was Departmental lead for the Welsh Government-funded Student Mentor Project. In partnership with three other universities from across Wales, this scheme placed undergraduate students in local schools with the aim of increasing aspiration and, through targeted intervention, improving student engagement with Modern Languages at both KS4 and KS5. In addition to providing Swansea University students with a range of skills, the project also had significant positive impact upon participating schools.