Dr David McCallam
Dr David McCallam
Reader in French Eighteenth-Century Studies
Room 3.43, French, Jessop West, University of Sheffield, 1 Upper Hanover St, Sheffield S3 7RA
Telephone: (0114) 222 2860
BA (London Metropolitan), MA (Warwick), MPhil, PhD (Cambridge)
I specialize in the long eighteenth century in France, covering the French Enlightenment and the French Revolution. I have published monographs on the authors Chamfort and Laclos as well as co-edited books on Enlightenment literary culture and the influence of earth sciences in France from 1740 to 1940. I am particularly interested in dynamic, unstable mountain environments (volcanoes, avalanches) encountered in eighteenth-century texts, in travel literature and in the environmental humanities more generally. My study of volcanoes in eighteenth-century Europe was published by the Voltaire Foundation / Liverpool University Press in 2019. A more recent interest is in the poetry of the late eighteenth century in the context of the French Revolution, especially that of André Chénier. I also enjoy French theatre, running an extra-curricular Molière reading group and co-directing the annual French play as part of the University of Sheffield’s Modern Languages Drama Festival. I was the Academic in Residence at the Graves Gallery, Museums Sheffield (2018-19).
Member of the Editorial Board of Eighteenth-Century Fiction (2016-)
Member of the Executive Board of the Society for French Studies (2014-)
Member of the Voltaire Foundation Board of Management, University of Oxford (2013-)
Member of the Editorial Board, Journal Arrêt sur scène/Scene Focus, Université de Montpellier-III (2012-)
Member of the Editorial Board of French Studies (2009-18)
Member of the Executive Committee of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2006-2009)
Member of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Member of the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
External Examiner for PhD Thesis, Queen’s University Belfast; Edinburgh/Paris III Sorbonne-Nouvelle; Murdoch University, Australia; King's College London
External Examiner for French, University of Edinburgh (2008-2011), University of Cambridge (2011-2014), King's College London (2014-18)
REF (2014) Consultant, French, University of Kent
Referee for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Eighteenth-century French literature
Environmental humanities, particularly involving volcanoes and avalanches, in eighteenth-century Europe
Cultural history in late eighteenth-century France
The French Revolution, conceptions of the Terror, representations of the guillotine
The French moralist tradition, from La Rochefoucauld to Cioran
Current and Recent Research Projects
The French in ‘Illyria’ 1755-1815: Geopoetics and Geopolitics in the Eastern Adriatic
André Chénier: Poetry and Revolution 1792-1794 – introductory essay and new edition of late poems with translations
HSTT53 MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies (French Revolution)
FRE6011/12 MA in French: Advanced Translation from French
FRE109/110 French Language and Communication Skills
FRE112 French Critical Contexts, Claire de Duras, Ourika
FRE117 Understanding Modern France
FRE247/248 Writing the Revolution I & II
FRE363/364 Le Siècle des Lumières I & II
In 2016 I was awarded Faculty funding to convene a poetry translation workshop entitled ‘Smash the Text’, run by the award-winning poet, Eleanor Brown, which involved second- and final-year students translating texts written by André Chénier when he was in prison during the Terror.
In 2013 I was awarded the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Teaching Prize for an innovative production of a short play by Marivaux, performed by students reading the text as part of my final-year module ‘Le Siècle des Lumières’. Our interpretation of the play was performed as part of an international conference and theatre festival in Montpellier.
Harsh Trivedi (2017-): ‘Les chefs-d’œuvre inconnus: une étude des œuvres fictives dans La Comédie humaine’
Rebecca Herd (2016-): ‘“Staging” Criticism: Seventeenth-Century French Women Playwrights and the Subversion of Classicism’
Liz Trueman (2015-): ‘Progression/Regression: Creative Tensions between Science and Superstition in the Nineteenth-Century French and German Novella’. Winner Maria A Salgado Essay Prize 2017.
Kirsty Hemsworth (2013-2017): ‘Translation and/as Empathy: Mapping Translation Shifts in 9/11 Fiction’. Successful completion.
Morgane Guinard (2013-2016): ‘La Parabole du Savoir Interdit, ou les interdits philosophiques et religieux sur la connaissance en France au XVIIIe siècle’. Successful completion.
Carla Almanza-Galvez (2012-2016): ‘Utopian Narrative in Eighteenth-Century Spain: Generic Frameworks and Social Reformism’. Successful completion. Winner of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland Postgraduate Publication Prize 2017.
Anna Jenkin (2012-2015): 'Perceptions of the Murderess in London and Paris, 1674-1789'. Successful completion.
I have also supervised numerous MA Dissertations on various topics including women’s practices of imitation in the French Revolution, Gothic intermediality, and contemporary translation studies.
I would be very interested in supervising postgraduate research in the following areas: