skip to content


Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Emily McLaughlin

Dr Emily Mclaughlin
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 

Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


I grew up in Derry in Northern Ireland. As an undergraduate, I studied French and Spanish at The Queen’s College. I worked in publishing for a few years and then did a Masters in French at Royal Holloway, The University of London, followed by a DPhil in French at Balliol College, Oxford. I have since been a Junior Research Fellow and a Lecturer at The Queen’s College, Oxford.

Teaching interests: 

I teach French language and literature. I like teaching a wide range of literary texts (poetry, plays, novels, autobiographies) in the period 1900 to the present day.

Research interests: 

Contemporary French poetry, contemporary French thought, and ecocriticism are my primary research interests. I have worked on writers such as Yves Bonnefoy, Philippe Jaccottet, Michel Deguy, and Jean-Luc Nancy. I am particularly interested in the way that writers use practices of formal experimentation to develop new ways of thinking about topics like identity, community, or materiality. My new research project explores the emergence of an ecological thought in twentieth- and twenty-first-century French poetry.

Recent research projects: 

‘The Practice of Writing and The Practice of Living: Michel Deguy’s and Philippe Jaccottet’s Ecopoetics’, Fixxions (11) 2015

'Affirmation without end: Some Syntactical Similarities between the Poetry of Yves Bonnefoy and the Philosophy of Jean-Luc Nancy', L'Esprit créateur (55) 2015, 110‑122

‘Noli me tangere: Bonnefoy, Nancy, Derrida’, French Forum (37) 2012, 183-95