Dr Wendy Michallat


Telephone: (0114) 22 22879

email : w.michallat@sheffield.ac.uk


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

  •  ‘Mon cher Papa, ma chère Maman’ : The drôle de guerre of Madeleine Blaess' in Essays in French Literature and Culture - forthcoming in issue 49 2012
  • 'Hélène Brion and the Missing Manuscripts' - forthcoming Journal of European Studies Sept/Dec 2013
  • 'French popular Culture and the case of bande dessinée' in The Cambridge History of French Literature 2010
  • 'Marie- Thérèse Eyquem: Feminism, Lesbianism and the Development of Women’s Sport under Vichy', Essays in French Literature and Culture, 2009.
  • Defending Scholarly Vocation: Women student diarists and the experience of Occupation - currently under consideration for publication for 2013.
    Lesbian Inscriptions in Francophone Society and Culture, edited Renate Gunther and Wendy Michallat Durham Modern Languages Series June 2007
  • 'Modern life is still rubbish: Houellebecq and the refiguring of ‘reactionary’ retro', Journal of European Studies, Autumn 2007.
  • 'Pilote magazine and the teenager bande dessinée', Modern and Contemporary France, Special Issue, Youth Culture in the Fifth Republic, Autumn 2007. Edited Wendy Michallat and Chris Tinker.
  • 'Terrain de lutte: Women’s Football and Feminism in ‘Les anneés folles’', French Cultural Studies – Autumn 2007.
  • ‘Pilote: Puberty, Pedagogy and Parents’, in Charles Forsdick and Billy Groves (eds), The Francophone Bande Dessinée, Rodopi 2005.
  • ‘Gay-Rites: The Campaign for Lesbian and Gay Marriage in France’, Modern and Contemporary France, Spring 2006
  • ‘Droit au but: Violette Morris and Women's Football in 'Les années folles'’, French Studies Bulletin, Winter (2005).
  • ‘Fishing and the North Atlantic’ and ‘Whaling and the North Atlantic’, in France and the Americas, ed. by Bill Marshall (Oxford, ABC Clio, 2005)

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

  • Convener of MA European Gender Studies
  • Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Research
  • Departmental IT