Professor of French Studies, Cardiff University

My research covers three main areas: narratives and memories of the Second World War in France, post-war French crime fiction and French photography and visual cultures. These areas are connected by my interest in under-represented or marginalised voices in French culture and the ways in which they mediate processes of social and cultural change. In relation to the Second World War, I have worked extensively on the autobiographies, prose fiction and memoirs of French women writers and war. I have published articles, two monographs and an edited collection of essays on post-war French crime fiction and film. I am currently researching visual cultures of war, whilst on a year's research leave. I am working specifically on two projects: photography and representations of the Liberation of Europe 1944-5 and trans-generational memories of the Second World War in the francophone graphic novel.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of French Studies, Cardiff University