French PhD

Major code: FRPR


Overview

Research interests in French Studies cover all areas of French literature, culture and history, including Medieval and Renaissance studies, eighteenth-century studies, film, travel literature, francophone postcolonial studies, twentieth-century historical studies, and sociolinguistics.

Subject Overview

Colleagues are actively involved in interdisciplinary research centres, namely the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and the Eighteenth-Century Worlds Research Centre.

The Sydney Jones Library is an acknowledged centre of excellence for collections of French texts from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Key Facts

REF 2014
72% of our publications were rated 4* and 3* (world leading and internationally excellent), which ranks Liverpool Modern Languages and Cultures as 14/57 in the sector. 90% of environment was also rated 4* and 3*.

Why Department of Modern Languages and Cultures?

Close-knit community

We are a smaller department than many nationally, but manage at the same time to maintain a variety of very distinctive areas of strength in research. As a result we are uniquely placed to offer taught programmes which are tailored to the individual in a friendly, supportive atmosphere and, for research students, close contact with your supervisors from the outset.

Interdisciplinary activity

The department of Modern Languages and Cultures comprises academic staff working across a wide range of language-based studies covering literature, new media, film, history, politics, culture and sociolinguistics. Alongside French, Italian and Chinese, the department also offers Film Studies. The Department is an active participant in the School’s inter-disciplinary research centres, including the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Eighteenth-Century Worlds research centre. Since 2010, we have been part of the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures, one of four Schools in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Research Overview

Supervision is offered on most areas of French literature, culture and language. Library resources are excellent in these areas. PhDs submitted and awarded recently include:

• Family Feuds and the (Re)writing of Universal History: The 'Chronique dite de Baudouin d'Avesnes' (1278–84)

• Competing Colonial Discourses in India: French and English Language Representations of the Indian Uprisings (1857–59)

• After the End of Travel: Twentieth-Century French Travel Literatures and Theories

• Victim or Goddess: The Representation of the Indian Woman in Literature in French 1744–1930.