Eleanor Hodgson

Eleanor HodgsonResearch degree

PhD in French Studies

Thesis title or research topic

The Romance of Guillaume de Palerne

Paragraph or two about the scope of your research

I am looking at the medieval text Guillaume de Palerne, exploring its links with other Old French texts, both thematically and historically, and seeing how it fits into the greater corpus of Old French verse Romance.


Dr Penny Simons

Start date

October 2011

Brief personal biography

I’m from West Sussex, and am now in my sixth year at the University of Sheffield.

Academic background

• BA in French and Music, University of Sheffield, including a year as a teaching assistant in Grenoble, France.
• MA in French Studies (Research Track), University of Sheffield, specialising in Medieval French, both literature and translation.

Your research interests

• Old French intertextuality
• Modern French rap artists, particularly Abd Al Malik.


I currently teach both first and second year French language and Grammar Classes at the University of Sheffield.

Funding awards / grants

I hold a Scholarship from the University of Sheffield for my doctoral research (3 years)

Other professional activities

I have edited for the Track Changes journal at the University of Sheffield.

Questions / topics:

1. Why did you choose to do your research at Sheffield?

Having completed my undergraduate and Masters’ level studies at Sheffield, I felt that I could fit into the research team and would be well supported in the French Department.

2. Your experience of being a postgraduate researcher.

I am enjoying being able to investigate numerous lines of enquiry, and have the possibility to read what I want, rather than to limit myself to specific essay-based reading.

3. The doctoral development programme and other development / training opportunities offered.

I have taken part in the Sheffield Teaching Assistant training, and this has helped me in my current role teaching for the University.

4. The postgraduate research community at Sheffield.

I am really enjoying being part of the postgraduate research community, both within the School of Modern Languages, and within the wider Faculty – there is a friendly, supportive atmosphere amongst postgraduate research students that has helped me to quickly feel settled.

5. Advice to those considering doing a PhD.

If you are passionate about your research, then this is the time for you to put that passion to professional use. Enjoy researching, and knowing that you are pushing the boundaries of research in your own field.

6. What is your career plan once you have completed your PhD?

I hope to become part of an academic French Department, lecturing or as a Post-Doctorate student.

7. Anything else that you think may be of interest to those considering doing their research at Sheffield.

Sheffield is a fantastic place to be a student, both undergraduate and postgraduate – and you will feel both welcome and supported in all that you do.

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