Dr Kathryn Jones

Dr Kathryn Jones

Associate Professor, Modern Languages

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+44 (0) 1792 295439

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Welsh language proficiency

Fluent Welsh Speaker

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Office - 304
Third Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

About

Dr Kathryn Jones is Associate Professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting. She is Co-Investigator for the AHRC-funded research project European Travellers to Wales: 1759-2010, and co-author of Hidden Texts, Hidden Nation: (Re)Discoveries of Wales in French and German Travel Writing (1780-2018) (Liverpool University Press, 2020). Her research takes a transnational approach, starting with her monograph Journeys of Remembrance: Memories of the Second World War in French and German Literature, 1960-1980 (Legenda, 2007). She has published widely in the fields of travel writing, conflict studies and memory studies.

Dr Jones is Director of Postgraduate Research for the College of Arts and Humanities. She has supervised research students in a variety of subject areas which she also enjoys teaching, including French, francophone and German literature and culture, gender studies, memory studies, postcolonial studies, translation, tourism, travel writing, Wales studies.

Dr Jones plays a leading role developing Welsh-medium Modern Languages teaching provision and currently chairs the National Panel for Welsh-medium Modern Languages.

Areas Of Expertise

  • • French and francophone 20th and 21st culture
  • • German 20th and 21st culture
  • • Travel writing
  • • Memory Studies
  • • Conflict Studies
  • • Gender Studies
  • • Postcolonial and migration studies
  • • Transnationl studies

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Dr Jones teaches in a wide range of fields including French, francophone and German literature and culture, gender studies, memory studies, postcolonial studies, translation, travel writing and Wales studies. She also teaches through the medium of Welsh.

She enjoys introducing students to francophone cultures, teaching texts and films from Algeria, Cameroon, Senegal, Guadeloupe and Quebec as well as France. Other specialist areas are translation workshop and representations and memories of France and the Second World War and the Algerian War.

Rwy’n falch iawn o’r modiwlau iaith a diwylliannol Ffrangeg drwy’r Gymraeg i mi ddatblygu a dysgu dros y pymtheg mlynedd diwethaf, gan gynnwys modiwlau astudiaethau cyfieithu, ffilm, llenyddiaeth ac iaith.

Research

Dr Jones’s research focuses on representations of conflict, memory and travel in contemporary French and German culture, as well as gender and transnational studies. Her publications include Journeys of Remembrance: Memories of the Second World War in French and German Literature, 1960-1980 (Legenda, 2007); the collected volume Constructions of Conflict (with Katharina Hall, Lang, 2011); and Hidden Texts, Hidden Nation: (Re)Discoveries of Wales in French and German Travel Writing (1780-2018) (co-authored with Carol Tully and Heather Williams, Liverpool University Press, 2020). She has published articles on the Algerian War of Independence and on travel narratives by François Maspero, Leïla Sebbar, Anne Brunswic and Caroline Riegel, as well as an invited chapter on ‘Travelling in Pairs’ for the Routledge Research Companion to Travel Writing (2019). She is Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded project ‘European Travellers to Wales: 1750-2010’, and is also working on a monograph examining female-authored travel literature in French from the 1930s to the present day.

Collaborations

European Travellers to Wales 1750–2010’ is an AHRC-funded project that began in 2013, and is a collaboration between Dr Kathryn Jones from Swansea University, Professor Carol Tully of Bangor University and Dr Heather Williams from the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies. The project has produced the co-authored study Hidden Texts, Hidden Nation: (Re)Discoveries of Wales in French and German Travel Writing (1780-2018) (Liverpool University Press, 2020); a special issue of Studies in Travel Writing on Wales; an extensive database; the exhibition EuroVisions of Wales and public talks and workshops; educational materials and workshops in primary schools; and new travel writing by authors from Turkey, former Yugoslavia, France and Germany.

The project has uncovered a vast number of travel accounts to Wales, the majority of which are written in French or German. Many of the accounts listed in the database were ‘hidden’ in writing about tours in England. The researchers discovered a broad variety of reasons for European travellers to have come to Wales: from those seeking a romantic idyll, to industrial spies in the Victorian era and refugees from Nazi Germany. This helps us understand Wales better: stories of refugees and exiles have emerged, and a store of detailed descriptions of Welsh landscapes, buildings and ruins has been found. These are completely new resources for studying Wales, and broaden travel writing to encompass more than English-language portrayals of Wales.