Professor David Walker

Title: Emeritus Professor of French

David Walker

Contact:

Telephone:(0114) 222 4893

email : David.Walker@Sheffield.ac.uk

Qualifications

B.A., PhD, University of Liverpool

Biography

I worked as Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, at the University of Glasgow before being appointed to the Chair of French at Keele University where I worked for ten years.

I have been Professor of French at Sheffield since 1995. I was Head of the School of Modern Languages and Linguistics 1995-1999 and Head of the Department of French from 1997 to 2002. I was Dean of the Faculty of Arts 2003-2005 and resumed the Headship of French from 2005 to 2007. I hold the title 'Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académiques', conferred by the French Government.

Research interests

I have published articles on numerous aspects of modern French culture and society, as well as editions of works by Jean Genet, Albert Camus, André Gide and Alain Robbe-Grillet. I have written or edited four books on Gide. I am the author of Consumer Chronicles : Cultures of Consumption in Modern French Literature, which analyses a series of novels, selected for their authentic portrayal of consumer behaviour, and examines the impact of affluence on French shoppers, shopkeepers and society. Outrage and Insight: Modern French Writers and the 'fait divers', my previous book, considers the ways in which writers have reacted to or been inspired by sensational 'tabloid' journalism. As Director of the André Gide Editions Project I oversee and contribute to critical editions of works by Gide, some electronic, for example 'Les Caves du Vatican' published on CD-Rom. I also directed the creation of the on-line database 'GidianArchives'. A recently completed research project arose from my rediscovery of a lost correspondence by Gide, consisting of some nine hundred letters which were published in two volumes. In addition this research led to the publication in Paris of a previously unknown novella by Gide: Le Ramier , for which I wrote a Postface. I have also produced critical editions of plays by Albert Camus for his Œuvres complètes published by Editions Gallimard in their 'Pléiade' collection ; and of novels and other texts by André Gide, for his Romans et récits, Œuvres lyriques et dramatiques also published in the 'Pléiade' collection.

Professional activities

  • President of the Association of University Professors and Heads of French, 1997-8; Vice-President, 1998-2002
  • President of the Society for French Studies,1998-2000; Vice-President 2000-2001
  • Member of French sub-panel, HEFCE RAE 2008
  • Member of AHRC Peer Review College
  • Member of Editorial Board for French Studies (1999-2010); Bulletin des Amis d'André Gide; Présence d’Albert Camus; Liverpool UP ‘Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures’series
  • External examiner for PhD theses, Université de Caen; Australian National University; Reading University; University College London; Queens University Belfast
  • External examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate taught degrees, University of Manchester, University of Durham
  • Member of Conseil d'Administration, Société des études camusiennes
  • Member of QAA working party on Benchmarking in Modern Languages

Key Research Projects

  • André Gide Editions Project : Edition génétique des Caves du Vatican (Université de Sheffield - Editions Gallimard) : British Academy Institutional Research Fellowship
  • GidianArchives - online press archive : AHRB Resource Enhancement Award
  • Gide-Rouart Correspondance : Mellon Scholarship from Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin; AHRB Research leave award; Leverhulme Research Fellowship
  • Camus Œuvres complètes project : BA Small Research Grant
  • Gide Œuvres romanesques et dramatiques project
  • 'Camus homme de théâtre' project

Latest publication

Migrating Voids, a novel. Createspace publishing, 2014.
262 pp. ISBN: 978-1499609493

Key Publications since 2001

  • Consumer Chronicles: Cultures of Consumption in Modern French Literature. Liverpool, Liverpool University Press, 2011
  • André Gide, Journal des Faux-Monnayeurs, texte établi, présenté et annoté par David H. Walker, in Gide, Romans et récits, Œuvres lyriques et dramatiques, II, Paris, Gallimard, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, 2009, pp.519-582, 1248-59
  • André Gide, Isabelle, texte établi, présenté et annoté par David H. Walker, in Gide, Romans et récits, Œuvres lyriques et dramatiques, I, Paris, Gallimard, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, 2009, pp.913-992, 1447-63
  • Requiem pour une nonne, pièce en deux parties et sept tableaux d’après William Faulkner, adaptation d’Albert Camus, texte établi, présenté et annoté par David H. Walker, in Camus, Œuvres complètes, III, Paris, Gallimard, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, 2008, pp.773-853, 1387-1409
  • Pierre de Larivey, Les Esprits ,adaptation en trois actes par Albert Camus, texte établi, présenté et annoté par David H. Walker, in Camus, Œuvres complètes, III, Paris, Gallimard, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, 2008, pp. 465-511, 1305-1314
  • André Gide - Eugène Rouart, Correspondance I, 1893-1901, édition établie, présentée et annotée par David H. Walker, Lyon, Presses universitaires de Lyon, 2006, 640p (Introduction pp. 7-92)
  • André Gide - Eugène Rouart, Correspondance II, 1902-1936, édition établie, présentée et annotée par David H. Walker, Lyon, Presses universitaires de Lyon, 2006, 620p (Introduction pp. 7-94)
  • Albert Camus, Le Malentendu, texte établi, présenté et annoté par David H. Walker, in Camus, Œuvres complètes, I, Paris, Gallimard, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, 2006, pp.453-507; 1328-1360
  • Albert Camus, L'État de siège, texte établi, présenté et annoté par David H. Walker, in Camus, Œuvres complètes, II, Paris, Gallimard, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, 2006, pp.289-373; 1208-1244
  • ‘Preface’, in Eugène Rouart, La Villa sans maître, Paris, Editions du Mercure de France, 2007, pp. 7-34
  • ‘Camus, la justice et l’autre ’, in Albert Camus : l’ exigence morale. Hommage à Jacqueline Lévi-Valensi , sous la direction de Agnès Spiquel et Alain Schaffner, Paris, Éditions Le Manuscrit, 2006, pp. 231-244
  • ‘Shopping and Fervour: Modern Literature and the Consumer Society’, French Studies, vol. LVIII, no. 1, 2004, pp. 29-46
  • ‘Writing between procès-verbal and fait divers’, French Cultural Studies, Vol. 12, part 3, no. 36, 2002, Crime and Punishment: Narratives of Order and Disorder, special number ed. Margaret Atack, pp. 237-251
  • ‘La table des matières des Faux-Monnayeurs’, Gide aux miroirs, Mélanges offerts à Alain Goulet, textes réunis par Serge Cabioc’h et Pierre Masson, Caen, Presses Universitaires de Caen, 2002, pp. 95-102.
  • ‘En relisant le Journal des Faux-Monnayeurs’, André Gide et l’écriture de soi, textes réunis et présentés par Pierre Masson et Jean Claude, Lyon, Presses Universitaires de Lyon, 2002, pp. 89-101.
  • ‘Le Ramier’ and ‘André Gide et Eugène Rouart : Assumer l’homosexualité’, in André Gide, Le Ramier. Avant-propos de Catherine Gide. Preface de Jean-Claude Perrier. Postface de David H.Walker. Paris, NRF-Gallimard, 2002, pp. 33-70.

Full list of publications

Postgraduate supervision

In recent years I have supervised to successful completion the following postgraduate researchers:

  • Jeremy Bull, The Critique of Work in the Writings of Jean Giono (PhD)
  • David Cocksey, Barbey d'Aurevilly: Portrait du dandy en critique (PhD)
  • Grégoire Corty, Les Représentations du voyage dans les œuvres romanesques de J M Clézio (PhD)
  • Emma Kemp, Gide's Prose Fiction in the Light of Ideas of Genre (PhD)
  • Louise Lyle, Darwinism in French Literature, 1859-1914 (PhD)
  • Geraldine McIlwaine, The Figure, Space and Movement in the Works of Valerie Jouve and Jean Echenoz (PhD)
  • Richard McLean, Sententiousness in André Gide's 'Les Faux-Monnayeurs' (PhD)
  • Margaret Platts, A Modern View of 19th-century medecine as revealed by French novels published between 1815 and 1914 (MPhil)
  • Alick Robertson, War Crimes Trials in Post-War France (PhD) (White Rose Consortium : with Prof Margaret Atack, U of Leeds)