Dr Wendy Michallat
BA (Hons), MA, PhD
School of Languages and Cultures
Deputy for Learning and Teaching
Liaison for USIC and DLL
+44 114 222 2879
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School of Languages and Cultures
1 Upper Hanover Street
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.
- 320 rue St Jacques: The Diary of Madeleine Blaess. White Rose University Press.
- French Cartoon Art in the 1960s and 1970s Pilote hebdomadaire and the Teenager Bande Dessinée. Leuven University Press.
- View this article in WRRO Writing a Scholarly Occupation: Student Women Diarists (1940-1944). Essays in French Literature and Culture, 54.
- Mental distress under Occupation: The journal of Madeleine Blaess. French Cultural Studies, 28(2), 173-185. View this article in WRRO
- Hélène Brion and the missing manuscripts: La Lutte féministe. Journal of European Studies, 43(2), 101-118.
- 'Mon cher Papa, ma chere Maman': The drole de guerre of Madeleine Blaess. Essays in French Literature and Culture, 135-153.
- Marie-Therese Eyquem: Feminism, Lesbianism and the Development of Women's Sport under Vichy. Essays in French Literature and Culture, 46, 161-181.
- Lesbian Inscriptions in Francophone Society and Culture. The Modern Language Review, 103(4), 1136-1136.
- Terrain de lutte. French Cultural Studies, 18(3), 259-276.
- Modern life is still rubbish Houellebecq and the refiguring of `reactionary' retro. Journal of European Studies, 37(3), 313-331.
- Pilote‘hebdomadaire’ and the TeenagerBande Dessinéeof the 1950s and 1960s. Modern & Contemporary France, 15(3), 277-292.
- Introduction. Modern & Contemporary France, 15(3), 255-259.
- Marions-nous! Gay Rites: the Campaign for Gay Marriage in France. Modern & Contemporary France, 14(3), 305-316.
- DROIT AU BUT: VIOLETTE MORRIS AND WOMEN'S FOOTBALL IN 'LES ANNEES FOLLES'. French Studies Bulletin, LIX(97), 13-17.
- French popular Culture and the case of bande dessinée'. The Cambridge History of French Literature, 76, 689-699.
- View this article in WRRO 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.
- Teaching activities
- 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
- 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
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)