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Postgraduate Opportunities

I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students about research projects relating to any of my research areas.

I am currently co-supervising two PhD students working in the area of textual and visual studies:

Simona Amariutei working on non-objectivity in the fiction of Andrei Bely (main supervisor: Prof. Stephen Hutchings)

Eman Alamri working on the representation of women in Saudi caricatures (1960-present) (main supervisor: Prof. Zahia Smail Salhi)  



PhD in French and Comparative Literature, University "Charles de Gaulle", Lille-3 (2004)

Previous academic positions

Lecturer in French studies, University of Manchester (September 2010-July 2022)

Lecturer in French, University of Western Australia (January 2009 - July 2010)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Melbourne (February 2007 - December 2008)

Visiting Lecturer in French, University of Cyprus (September 2006 - January 2007)

Lector for Serbo-Croatian, University "Charles de Gaulle", Lille-3 (September 2002 - August 2004)

Professional advisory work and service

I have acted as peer reviewer for Essays in French Literature and Culture

From April 2019-April 2023, I was secretary of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes (British society for the study of Nineteenth-century France)

Research interests

- Nineteenth-century Literature

- Exoticism in Fiction (nineteenth-century and late eighteenth-century)

- Bernardin de Saint-Pierre (currently member of the editorial team preparing the new edition of the Oeuvres completes)

- Critical Theory (formalist approaches to literature; textual and visual studies)

- French Colonial Literature and Culture (1880-1939) and the interwar pro-imperial propaganda



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