Dr Wendy Michallat

BA (Hons), MA, PhD

School of Languages and Cultures

Senior Lecturer

Deputy for Learning and Teaching

Liaison for USIC and DLL

SLC Wendy Michallat
+44 114 222 2879

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Dr Wendy Michallat
School of Languages and Cultures
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA

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.

Research interests

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.  



Journal articles


  • Michallat WT (2018) Madeleine Blaess: An Emotional History of a Long Liberation In Dodd L & Lees D (Ed.), Vichy France and Everyday Life: Confronting the Challenges of Wartime, 1939-1945 London: Bloomsbury. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching activities

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
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
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
  • Head of French Section
  • Level One and Level Two Tutor
  • HEAR coordinator
  • PGT and PGR Coordinator (2011-2015)
  • Director of Year Abroad, French Dept (2007-11)