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Manu Braganca

Manu Braganca

LLC coordinator

Contemporary France (1789-present), reception and reader-response theories, memories of WWII in France and Europe, war narratives, violence, emotions and ideology in fiction, Jean-Paul Sartre, the Hussards, Romain Gary, Anna Langfus, Claude Lanzmann, Yannick Haenel.

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Michael Brophy

Chair, UCD Languages Strategy Working Group

Contemporary French poetry and poetics; the poet as critic; text and image; French-Canadian literature; contemporary migrant writing in French.

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Derval Conroy

Head of French

17th-century literature, history of ideas and political thought; queenship; early modern feminisms; the history of equality; Gabrielle Suchon; women dramatists; print culture; text and image relations; festival books; early modern ceremonial. 

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Mary Gallagher

On leave in T2, 2023/24

Postcolonial writing in French (especially from/about the Caribbean, North, Africa, Canada, the Indian Ocean, Sub-Saharan Africa and what France called Indochine); the work of Lafcadio Hearn; the travel writings of Paul Morand; the introspective writings of authors such as Colette, Proust, Paul Valéry. I would be happy to supervise research in any of the above areas.

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Emer O'Beirne

Head of Research, Impact and Innovation

Twentieth- and twenty-first century prose, particularly avant-garde (nouveau roman) and experimental fiction; particular interests are the work of Marcel Proust, Nathalie Sarraute, Jean Echenoz, Jean-Philippe Toussaint. My critical engagement with literary practices is supported particularly by reflection on theories of reading, of irony, of dialogue, and of the nature of "literature" in general.

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Siofra Pierse

Head of School

18th-century French historiography, literature and history of ideas: Voltaire’s historical and historiographical works; the city in 18th-century French literature; 18th-century history of ideas [currently: Diderot and narrative scepticism]; and the 18th-century female-authored French narrative [Châtelet; Tencin; Riccoboni; Graffigny; Charrière; Gouges; Staël].

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Stephen Schwartz

GDPR Officer, Global Engagement

Flaubert, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Cultural Theory, Individualism, Aesthetic Theory, Philosophy of Literature.

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Douglas Smith

MA Modern Languages coordinator

Twentieth-century literature; literary and cultural theory; intellectual and cultural history; cultural studies; anthropology; history and theory of cinema; history and theory of photography; history and theory of twentieth-century art and architecture; museology.

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Postdoctoral Researchers

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Janée Allsman

PostDoc in French

French Adjunct Researchers

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Phyllis Gaffney

Adjunct (French)

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Vera Regan

Full Professor Emeritus of French

Sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, language, migration and identity, Applied Linguistics

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