Dr Wendy Michallat


Dr Wendy MichallatWendy Michallat

Senior Lecturer & Head of Section

Telephone: (0114) 22 22879



BA (Hons) Warwick, MA, PhD Nottingham


I was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire. After my first degree I worked in publishing, law and the financial services sector in London and Brighton before returning to university to do an MA in Twentieth Century French Literature and a PhD about the cultural history of the French comic strip.

I joined the University of Sheffield in 2000.  My primary teaching focus is cultural history and popular culture and over my time at Sheffield I have taught a variety of subjects as diverse as women's football, life-writing, first-wave feminism and French and Francophone cartoon art. My teaching portfolio is broad and I continually look to develop it through my research which is similarly wide-ranging and innovative.

My current research project is centred on a diary written by former French Department lecturer Madeleine Blaess, who, as  a student was trapped in Paris during the Nazi occupation. The translation of the diary has recently been published and a documentary film basesd on the diary has been produced. More information about Madeleine and about the Project (including access to the diary and the film '320 rue St Jacques: the Diary of Madeleine Blaess' can be found here: https://madeleineblaessproject.com/


I have published across a range of subject areas using previously unknown or overlooked archival material to inform highly original, exciting work. I have written on my discovery of a lesbian novel written under a pseudonym by Marie-Thérèse Eyquem, Vichy sports administrator, co-founder of the Mouvement démocratique féminin and Socialist politician. A second journal article covers the hand-written manuscripts of Hélène Brion's La Lutte feministe I discovered in a university archive in the United States. My most recent work focuses on the Phoney War letters and war diary written by Madeleine Blaess. 

I have also published articles on women's sport, French cartoon art, philosophy and comic book satire, LGBT rights and women's life-writing.

My newest and current research project explores the links between spiritisme and French first-wave feminism in the belle époque and inter-war.  


Undergraduate Teaching

FRE107/8 French Studies

FRE269/FRE270 : La Bande dessinée (French cartoon art)

FRE293/294 : Realities and Falsehoods: The Occupation of France in Literature and Film.

FRE375 and FRE376: France in the Fifties

MDL201/301 - Cold War Visual Culture

IPA1010 – LGBT Studies

Postgraduate Teaching

MA French Studies

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


Head of French Section

Previous School Roles

School Outreach and WP Coordinator (2015/16)

School External Engagement Coordinator (2015/16)

SLC Marketing and Admissions Committee (2015/16)

Acting School PGR Coordinator ( S1, 2015):

School Ethics Reviewer (2014- ongoing)

Previous French Section Roles

Level One and Level Two Tutor

HEAR coordinator

PGT and PGR Coordinator (2011-2015)

Director of Year Abroad, French Dept (2007-11)

Professional Activities

Executive member of the Association of Modern & Contemporary France (Current)

Executive member of the Society for French Studies 2004-2012

External Examiner at University of Chichester

University Representative on Board of Trustees for Archbishop Holgate School, Barnsley.

Editorial Board of Journal of European Comic Art.

Steering Committee European Centre for Gender Studies



Forthcoming with Liverpool University Press, September 2021: Living a Life of Books: British and American University Women in Paris 1918-1959

Pilote hebdomadaire and the Transformation of French Cartoon Art, Leuven University Press, August 2018

320 rue St Jacques: The Diary of Madeleine Blaess: White Rose University Press, August 2018

Lesbian Inscriptions in Francophone Society and Culture, edited Renate Gunther and Wendy Michallat Durham Modern Languages Series June 2007

Special Issues

Hidden words, hidden worlds: everyday life and narrative sources (France 1939-1945)’, Essays in French Literature and Culture, ed. by Lindsey Dodd and Wendy Michallat, 54, Nov 2017.

Modern and Contemporary France, Special Issue, Youth Culture in the Fifth Republic, Autumn 2007. Edited Wendy Michallat and Chris Tinker.

Chapters and Articles

‘Madeleine Blaess: An Emotional History of a Long Liberation’ in Vichy France & Everyday Life: Confronting the Challenges of Wartime 1939-1945 ed. by Lindsey Dodd and David Lees (London: Bloomsbury 2017)

‘Mental Distress under Occupation: The Journal of Madeleine Blaess, French Cultural Studies Autumn 2017.

‘A Scholarly Occupation: The Student Diary of Madeleine Blaess’ in Essays in French Literature and Culture (54, Nov 2017)

Wendy Michallat, 'Hélène Brion and the Missing Manuscripts', Journal of European Studies, 43, 2 (2013), pp. 101-118.

Wendy Michallat, '‘Mon cher Papa, ma chère Maman’: The drôle de guerre of Madeleine Blaess', Essays in French Literature and Culture, 49 (2012), pp. 135-153.

Wendy Michallat, 'Marie- Thérèse Eyquem: Feminism, Lesbianism and the Development of Women’s Sport under Vichy', Essays in French Literature and Culture, 46, (2009), pp. 161-181.

'French popular Culture and the case of bande dessinée' in The Cambridge History of French Literature 2010

'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)