Staff Research Areas
19th- and 20th-century writing, especially poetry, art criticism, orientalism and travel; textual and visual studies; semiotics (Baudrillard and Peirce); graphic design; 19th and 20th century art and aesthetic theory; translation studies; sports theory and practice (in particular, boxing).
French Renaissance poetry; French Renaissance literature with particular reference to Marc-Claude de Buttet (1529/30?-1586) and the court circle of Marguerite de France, duchesse de Savoie; Classical and Italian influences on French Renaissance literature; Comparative Renaissance literature (French, English, Italian); Critical theory, notably its application to Renaissance texts, and also the related concerns of intertextuality and literary hermeneutics; contemporary cinema.
20th-century French intellectual, political and social history; history of ideas in late 19th and early 20th century Europe; right and left-wing counterrevolution, nationalism and fascism(s) in France, 1880s-1945.
Linguistics; Second language acquisition; Sociolinguistics of French, especially attitudes towards regional languages and varieties in France, and language variation.
Second language acquisition; French for specific purposes; course design; teaching materials development; programme evaluation.
Paule Salerno O’Shea
Language and translation; contemporary France; business; negotiation and mediation
Cultural, political and intellectual history of the eighteenth century; Manuscript, book and print culture of the Enlightenment; Enlightenment and public opinion; Intellectuals and public opinion; Enlightenment historiography and the historiography of the Enlightenment; Origins and the Enlightenment; Critical editions of Voltaire's works.
Theories of representation in Western thought and aesthetics; mimetic theory; deconstruction; myth studies; theory of tragedy; science fiction studies; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Maurice Blanchot; Georges Bataille; Walter Benjamin; Károly Kerényi; Martin Heidegger; Jacques Derrida; Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe.
19th- and 20th-century literature; relations between literature, psychoanalysis, philosophy, and linguistics; madness, nonsense, and marginal forms of writing; Lewis Carroll, Stéphane Mallarmé, Antonin Artaud, Surrealism; translation studies and translation theory; literary bilingualism; autobiography.
Current PhD projects
David Gaughran, The Enlightenment and Islam. Supervisor: Dr James Hanrahan. Project Description: How did Europe encounter and represent Islam in the 17th and 18th centuries and how did those representations change in those two hundred years? Why did a significant minority of European philosophers view Islam as a religion that was nearest to their ideal of a ‘natural religion’?
Joanna Poetz, The Waldensian Treatises: A Critical Edition of the Dublin Manuscripts. Supervisor: Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey. Project Description: The aim of my PhD is to produce a critical edition of yet unedited treatises from the Waldensian collection of manuscripts kept in the Library of Trinity College Dublin. My research focuses on the construction of identity, issues around power and language, as well intertextuality within these texts.
Louise Kari-Mereau,Cynicism in the Contemporary French Novel: the Examples of Frédéric Beigbeder and Virginie Despentes. Supervisor: Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey.