The University of Sheffield
Department of French

Dr Wendy Michallat


Telephone: (0114) 22 22879

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BA (Hons) Warwick, MA, PhD Nottingham


I was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire. After my undergraduate degree in French I worked in publishing and Law in Brighton and London before returning to university to complete an MA in Twentieth Century French Literature and a PhD about Pilote magazine and the evolution of post-war French  comic art. Whilst writing up the PhD, I joined the French Department at the University of Sheffield.


My research interests have been varied and continue to be so. I have published articles about comic art, women's football, feminism and sport, contemporary politics, popular culture theory and and even fishing! Recent work focuses on life writing and, in particular, on letter and diaries written by student women during the Nazi Occupation of France. I am preparing a research monograph based on the Phoney War letters and diary of Madeleine Blaess.  Please click here for more information about the Madeleine Blaess Project. See below for details about forthcoming publications.

In 2007 I was awarded a British Academy Grant to pursue research into women and football.

In 2011 I was awarded an Arts Faculty Grant to fund a research trip to the Sylvia Beach archive at Princeton University.

I was asked to produce English subtitles for the Hélène Berr exhibition shown by the Mémorial de la Shoah at the UN in New York in 2011. The exhibition has since been taken to the French embassy in Washington and there are plans to take it to other major cities across the United States.

Click here for my Research website

Professional Activities

Executive member of the Society for French Studies 2004-2012

Examiner of PhD theses at Sussex and Bristol

Member of Editorial Board of Journal of European Comic Art.

Other Research

Hélène Brion and feminist publishing of the French first wave. Marie-Therese Eyquem, sport and lesbian writing. See here for more details and publication information.

Recent Publications

Undergraduate Teaching:

 I run two specialist options. `France in the Fifties´ examines the 1950s as a period of economic, social and cultural transformation using historical data and material sourced from the popular press, film and literature as a focus for discussion and debate. La Bande Dessinée examines the medium of comic strip art against the cultural, economic and political context which shaped its evolution over the course of the 1950s and 1960s.

I teach French language at all levels and teach on the following courses:

FRE269/FRE270 La Bande Dessinée
FRE375/FRE376 France in the '50s

FRE108/9 - History: The Occupation

MDL201/301 - Cold War Visual Culture

Postgraduate Teaching

MA French Studies - Diary writing under the Occupation

MA Gender Studies (French) - Women's Sport

MA European Gender Studies - Women's Sport/Feminist Publishing

Departmental Responsibilities