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Staff Research Areas

Dr. Sarah Alyn-Stacey

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.

Dr. Edward Arnold

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. 

Prof. Michael Cronin

Translation theory; translation history; travel writing; ecocriticism; contemporary Francophone literatures; food studies; minority languages; Franco-Irish relationships

Dr. James Hanrahan

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.

Dr. Rachel Hoare

Linguistics; Second language acquisition; Sociolinguistics of French, especially attitudes towards regional languages and varieties in France, and language variation. 

Dr. Niall Kennedy

I research Modern French Philosophy, particularly the philosophy of literature, film, and the arts. My research to date has focused on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, but I also have interests in the work of Alain Badiou, Jacques Rancière, and Jean-Luc Nancy. I am also developing a second research strand focusing on French and Francophone cinema, and in particular the cinema of Francophone Africa.

Dr. Alexandra Lukes

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.

Dr. Hannes Opelz

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.

Dr. Paule Salerno O’Shea

Language and translation; contemporary France; business; negotiation and mediation

Current PhD projects

Alexandra Corey (awaiting update)

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’?