Research Student Profiles

Recent PhD alumni

Dr Eleanor HodgsonEleanor Hodgson

PhD awarded 2015: 'Reflections of writing, rewriting, and reading in twelfth-century French literature: A study of Guillaume de Palerne as a self-reflexive romance'

Now working on the highly selective Researchers In Schools scheme, Dr Hodgson describes her research trajectory at the University of Sheffield:
I completed my BA in French and Music at the University of Sheffield in 2010 before going on to study for an MA in French Studies, specialising in Medieval French, also at the University of Sheffield. I began my doctoral studies in autumn 2011 under the supervision of Prof. Penny Simons, and my thesis focuses on an anonymous Old French text from the end of the twelfth century, Guillaume de Palerne, looking at the way it interacts with and rewrites other Old French texts. My other research interests include the role and music of French rap artist Abd Al Malik, and the settings of Paul Eluard's resistance poems by composer Francis Poulenc.
Dr Hodgson was funded by the Dorothy Mable Tingle Scholarship from the University of Sheffield for my research.

Dr Abigail TaylorAbigail Taylor

PhD awarded 2015: 'An Analysis of the Work-Care Experiences of Out-of-Work Partnered Parents in France and the UK'

Dr Taylor describes how she came to conduct interdisciplinary research at the University of Sheffield:
I graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2009 with a BA Honours in French Studies. I remained in Sheffield in 2010 to complete an MA (Research) in French Studies. I followed the Sociological Pathway in the MA which focused on social exclusion, the informal economy and gender studies. I also took several voluntary modules on inequality in the Department of Geography. Following a year working in the public sector and after missing the world of French Studies and academia, I returned to Sheffield in autumn 2011 to commence a PhD on child poverty in France and England, supervised by Professor Jan Windebank from the French Department and Dr Adam Whitworth from the Geography Department.
Dr Taylor's doctoral studies were funded by a University Prize Scholarship.

Current PhD students

Name Thesis Topic Supervisor(s)
Catherine Annabel Perdu dans ces filaments - Intertextuality and Dialogue in W G Sebald and Michel Butor. An interrogation of representations of the city Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson
Dr Richard Steadman Jones
Joshua Bengough-Smith Romance language varieties used in France in the sixteenth century Prof. Penny Simons
Dr Kristine Horner
Martin Elms Development of Infrastructure and Market for Contemporary Art in Algeria Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson
Dr Julia Dobson
Morgane Guinard La Parabole du Savoir Interdit, ou les interdits philosophiques et religieux sur la connaissance en France au XVIIIe siècle Dr David McCallam
Dr Rhian Davies
Tom Jackson The French colonial mind: an insight into the pivotal role of La loi-cadre Defferre Dr Audrey Small
Dr Sophie Watt
Chris Leffler Plastic Landscapes - The Present Past in Paris and Algiers Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson
Prof. Martin Jones
Liz Trueman The use of the portrait as a transgressive device in the novels of France, Germany and Britain during the nineteenth century Dr David McCallam
Prof. Michael Perraudin
Gemma Wheeler Geffrei Gaimar's Estoire des Engleis Dr Helen Abbott
Prof. Françoise Le Saux