The University of Sheffield
Department of French

Dr Julia Dobson

Dr Julia DobsonReader in French Film and Performance

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BA French and Russian, MA Critical Theory, PhD (Nottingham)


I completed my first degree, BA Joint Hons French and Russian, at the University of Nottingham and remained there to complete an MA in Critical Theory before combining all of these in a PhD on the Theatre of Hélène Cixous and Marina Tsvetaeva. Both postgraduate degrees were funded by the British Academy. My first teaching post was at the University of Wolverhampton in 1992. The interdisciplinary nature of my work led me to teach at the universities of Nottingham, Warwick and Leeds across French, Film Studies and Cultural Theory before joining the Department of French in Sheffield in 2004.

Research Interests

My research engages primarily with shifting dynamics of relationships between self and other and with the (re)mappings of cultural constructions of subjectivity and alterity. Within such negotiations of identity, my research explores the representation of agency, voice and the body across two fields: contemporary theatre and contemporary film.

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Professional Activities

Postgraduate Research

I welcome research proposals in the following areas and their interdisciplinary connections:
Contemporary French film (including documentary film),
French theatre and performance (post-1950),
Hélène Cixous, cultural theory and gender studies.




I teach French language at all levels.