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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


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality


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