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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Hugues Azérad

Dr Hugues Azérad
Fellow and College Lecturer (Magdalene)
Senior Language Teaching Officer (MML)
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
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Magdalene College


Hugues Azérad specialises in comparative literature, modernisms, romanticism, aesthetics and postcolonial theory.

He is the co-editor (with Peter Collier) of Twentieth-Century French Poetry: A Critical Anthology (Cambridge University Press, 2010); (with Emma Wagstaff, Michael G. Kelly and Nina Parish) of a double issue of French Forum "Poetic Practice and the Practice of Poetics in French since 1945", 2012; of Chantiers du poème. Prémisses et pratiques de la poésie moderne et contemporaine (Lang, 2013) and (with Michael G. Kelly) of a special issue of L’Esprit CréateurLa Poésie à l’œuvre: Poetry, Philosophy, Politics.

He is the author of L'Univers constellé de Proust, Joyce et Faulkner: le concept d'épiphanie dans l'esthétique du modernisme (Lang, 2002); of articles on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature in, among others, Dalhousie French StudiesModern Language ReviewJournal of Romance StudiesIrish Journal of French Studies, CLC WEB (Purdue University), New Comparison, Cérédi; of chapters in, among others, Joyce in Trieste (U. Press of Florida, 2007); Romantic Border Crossings (Ashgate, 2008); Making Sense: For an Effective Aesthetics (Lang, 2011); American Creoles: The Francophone Caribbean and the American South (Liverpool UP, 2012); Proust and the Visual (UP Wales, 2013); Thinking Poetry (Palgrave, 2013); Proust in Context (CUP, 2013); New Cambridge Companion to William Faulkner (CUP, 2015).

He is co-editor (with Marion Schmid) for book series European Connections: Studies in Comparative Literature, Intermediality and Aesthetics (Peter Lang, Oxford) and is the editor of the modern and contemporary French poetry and fiction  sections of The Literary Encyclopedia.

He is currently subject consultant for, aimed at providing challenging resources to academically able Year 12 students.

In 2013, he co-organized (with Michael G. Kelly) a one-day conference, which is part of the AHRC Poetry network.

In 2010, he co-organized an international conference "Poetic Practice and the Practice of Poetics in French post 1945", held in London and Cambridge.

He was the 2017 winner of Best Undergraduate Supervisor Award  (Arts and Humanities) (CUSU Student-Led Teaching Awards).

Teaching interests: 

Nineteenth-century to twenty-first-century French and Francophone literature, culture and thought.

Modernisms, world literature, poetry.

Visual culture.

Language (culture and grammar modules, documentaries and translation).

MPhil in European Literature and Culture (ELAC) (MML/ English Faculty).

PhD supervision in French and comparative literature.

Research interests: 

Comparative literature (Proust, Reverdy, Joyce, Faulkner, Bonnefoy, Glissant, Nerval, Benjamin, Adorno, Rancière, Ricœur).

Modernisms, aesthetics, postcolonial theory.

Visual culture and poetry.

He currently works on a book about Glissant and aesthetics.

Recent research projects: 

Édouard Glissant and Félix Guattari; Caribbean Modernisms.

Published works: 

Recent publications include:

À rebours des systèmes: esthétiques du chaos-monde et de la chaosmose chez Édouard Glissant et Félix Guattari”, Irish Journal of French Studies, 17 (2017), 95-124. 

Poétique/politique de la césure dans la poésie d’Édouard Glissant”, L’Esprit créateur,  55-1 (2015), 152-66.