PhD / MPhil research

MA French Studies students

We offer a vibrant research student community, and have extensive supervisory expertise in a wide range of topics, including interdisciplinary research projects.

We are also in the front rank of research activity as measured by the award of substantial grants from the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities and other external funding bodies. We have particular expertise in editing and the production of electronic resources, in collaboration with the Humanities Research Institute.

Academic staff in French have supervised PhD and MPhil theses on topics ranging from medieval narrative to contemporary film studies. We welcome the opportunity to discuss potential PhD projects with students.

Current PhD research

Read some of our postgraduate student profiles here. Doctoral research topics for research currently underway include:

  • 18th-century French literature and philosophical and religious taboos
  • Francophone Urban Cultural Studies
  • Representations of the city, intertextuality and dialogue in W G Sebald and Michel Butor
  • Geffrei Gaimar's Estoire des Engleis
  • Contemporary Visual Arts in Algeria
  • The French colonial mind
  • The use of portraits as a transgressive device in French and German prose fiction

Completed research student projects

Recently completed PhD or MPhil topics include:

  • An analysis of the work-care experiences of out-of-work partnered parents in France and the UK
  • A study of Guillaume de Palerne as a self-reflexive romance
  • Comic (Re)Writing: A Study of Hue De Rotelande's Ipomedon
  • Symbolism and sources in the Old French Partonopeu de Blois
  • Identities and the year-abroad experience
  • The French Filmic Response to Homosexuality during the 1980s and 1990s
  • War crimes trials in Post-war France
  • Recent Russian Writers Writing in French
  • The Figure, Space and Movement in the Works of Valérie Jouve and Jean Echenoz
  • Representations of Gender in French Advertising
  • An Irigarayan Reading of Korean Women’s Writing
  • Le dandysme littéraire de Barbey d’Aurevilly
  • Sententiousness in André Gide's Les Faux-Monnayeurs
  • A study of Condorcet’s Eloges
  • The portrayal of war and combat in Old French literature (1150-1270)
  • Business sponsorship of the arts in France
  • An Edition and Study of Besancon Municipal Library ms 864 (Jean Froissart's Chroniques, Book I, 'A' redaction
  • The significance of work in the writing of Jean Giono (1929-1945)
  • Ornithology in Seventeenth-Century France: J.B. Faultrier's Traitté Général des Oyseaux (cross-disciplinary PhD with the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences)

For further information on the research interests of staff and possible projects you could undertake please contact Dr Audrey Small in the first instance.