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Current Doctoral Students in French

Name College Research Topic Supervisor
Zoi Angeli Lucy Cavendish The intersection of literature and reality in the theoretical works of Blanchot and Bataille Dr Ian James
Anthony Bruder King's Medievalism and the vernacular in Claude Fauchet Dr Timothy Chesters
Kathryn Bryan Lucy Cavendish 'l'anormale par excellence': Bad Mothers from nineteenth-century French fiction Prof Nick White
Jasmine Cooper Newnham The (In)Voluntarily Childless Subject in Contemporary French Female Literature Prof Emma Wilson
Grace Copeland-Tucker Clare Hall

Material culture: a study in the typographical spaces of Georges Perec and Philippe Sollers

Dr Martin Crowley
Rebecca Courtier Churchill

"Marginalities and Migrants on the Move: A Comparative Reading of Medieval French Literature and Contemporary French Culture

Prof Sylvia Huot
Celia Depommier-Cotton Newnham
Stendhal and Individuality
Dr Miranda Gill
David Ewing Clare

The writing of everyday life in Michel Houellebecq

Dr Martin Crowley
Emily Fitzell Trinity

The aesthetics of movement in the space of art [20th - 21st c.]

Dr Ian James
James Fontini  

Phenomenological Topology: Approaches to Nature and Technology in the late Heidegger and their Contemporary Context

Dr Ian James
Carl Frayne St John's The Exiled French Regular Clergy in Great Britain (1881 - 1921) Dr Ian James
Ashwiny Kistnareddy Lucy Cavendish Masculinities in Contemporary Francophone Migrant Women’s Writing in France and Canada’ Prof Emma Wilson
Lilian Kroth Trinity Hall Conceptualizing the "Economic" through Ontologies of the Limit in Contemporary French Philosophy from the 1970s to the Present Prof Martin Crowley
Mathias Le Gargasson Clare Hall  Valéry's Cahiers, Bataille and Laruelle : heresies of the impossible Dr Ian James
Ellamae Lepper St Catharine's Salons in Nineteenth-Century French Fiction Dr Claire White
Solange Manche King's The Brain, Technics, and Desire: The Resurgence of a Critique of Political Economy in Contemporary French Thought Dr Ian James
Jezebel Mansell Darwin Performances of loss by contemporary female artists, filmmakers, and writers Prof Emma Wilson
Anna-Lisa Nicholson Corpus Christi Reconstructing the Mazarin Salon: French Exilic Communities in Early Modern London Dr Emma Gilby
Cillian Ó Fathaigh John's Rights of Asylum (Derrida) Dr Martin Crowley
Ellie O'Shea St Catherine's Matrilineal Dissent: Matrilineal Narrative and Genealogical Discourse in Medieval Arthurian Romance Dr Miranda Griffin
Lili Owen Rowlands Murray Edwards Genre Trouble: ‘Autotheory’ and the Queer/Gendered Self in Contemporary French LifeWriting Prof Emma Wilson
Marina Perkins Jesus "'Les parolles; non plus de vent, ains de chair et d'os’ [words, no more of air, but of flesh
and bone]: The Force of Language in Montaigne"
Dr Timothy Chesters
Katherine Pleming Caius PhD on Marguerite Duras and Gilles Deleuze Dr Laura McMahon
Alice Roulliere Trinity Hall The representation of ghosts in Ronsard's poetry Dr Timothy Chesters
Andrew Sackin-Poll Trinity Hall The Resistance of the Image Dr Ian James
Eleanor Stefiuk Peterhouse Decadent Entanglement: Aesthetics, Politics, and Thought Dr Claire White
Luke Warde Trinity Hall

Of (un)Sound Mind':Louis-Ferdinand Céline and Antipathetic Intimacies between Text and Reader

Dr Martin Crowley
Aubrae Wilson St Catherine's Staging Nobility: Networks, Identity, and Cultural Capital in the life of Elisabeth-Claire Leduc Dr Mark Darlow 
Genevieve Young Newnham Sing no bad songs of me: Affective excess in the chansons de geste. Dr Mary Franklin-Brown


For recent PhD awardees, please see here. Please also see our student testimonials.



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Dr Jean Khalfa interviews Fanon film-makers

15 September 2021

In connection with the display of their video trilogy, Finding Fanon , as part of the Kettle’s yard exhibition, Untitled: Art on the Conditions of Our Time , artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy were in conversation with leading Fanon scholar Dr Jean Khalfa, of the French Section.

Book publication

16 July 2021

Dr Emma Claussen, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the French Section, has had her book Politics and 'Politiques' in Sixteenth-Century France published by Cambridge University Press. More information about the book can be found at

Book prize success

7 June 2021

Recent books by two members of the French Section have been highly praised in this year’s Gapper Book Prize, run by the Society for French Studies.

Annalisa Nicholson awarded the Laming Junior Research Fellowship at The Queen's College, Oxford

2 June 2021

We are proud to share that Annalisa Nicholson has been awarded the Laming Junior Research Fellowship at The Queen's College, Oxford.

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