The University of Sheffield
Department of French

Dr Helen AbbottDr Helen Abbott

Senior Lecturer

Telephone: (0114) 222 4895



BA (Cantab), MA (King's College London), PhD (King’s College London)


I studied for my first degree in French and Italian at Christ’s College, Cambridge, and after a short spell working as an investment banking analyst in the city, I returned to academia. In 2003, I completed an MA in the French department at King’s College London, working on authors as varied as Montaigne, Boileau, and Baudelaire. Following the completion of my PhD thesis on ‘The Aesthetics of Voice in the works of Baudelaire and Mallarmé’ in 2006, I took up a Lectureship in French at Bangor University, becoming Head of French in 2009. I joined the Department of French at Sheffield in 2012, following a period of research leave in 2010-2011, for which I was awarded a Visiting Fellowship at the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies (University of London) and an AHRC Early Career Fellowship. My postgraduate research (2002-2006) was also funded by the AHRC, and during my time in London I taught French language and literature at King's, and Italian language at Roehampton University. I am also a classically-trained soprano, and regularly give solo and consort recitals, as well as delivering French language coaching sessions for professional singers.

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Postgraduate Research

I am interested in supervising research in the following areas: words/music relations, poetry and poetics (especially nineteenth-century French), voice/performance in relation to literary texts




I teach French language at all levels, and the following modules: