Eleanor, PhD French Studies

Eleanor Hodgson

MA in French Studies (Research Track), Class of 2010/11

PhD in French Studies: "The Romance of Guillaume de Palerne"

What is the scope of your research?

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     I am looking at the medieval text Guillaume de Palerne, exploring its links with other Old French texts, both thematically and historically, and seeing how it fits into the greater corpus of Old French verse Romance.
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Why did you choose to do your research at Sheffield?

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     Having completed my undergraduate and Masters’ level studies at Sheffield, I felt that I could fit into the research team and would be well supported in the French Department. Sheffield is a fantastic place to be a student, both undergraduate and postgraduate – and you will feel both welcome and supported in all that you do.
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What's your experience of...

  • ...being a postgraduate researcher?

  • ...the doctoral development programme and other development/training opportunities offered?

  • ...postgraduate research community at Sheffield?

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     I am enjoying being able to investigate numerous lines of enquiry, and have the possibility to read what I want, rather than to limit myself to specific essay-based reading. I have taken part in the Sheffield Teaching Assistant training, and this has helped me in my current role teaching for the University.

I am really enjoying being part of the postgraduate research community, both within the School of Modern Languages, and within the wider Faculty – there is a friendly, supportive atmosphere amongst postgraduate research students that has helped me to quickly feel settled.
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What advice can you give to those considering doing a PhD?

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     If you are passionate about your research, then this is the time for you to put that passion to professional use. Enjoy researching, and knowing that you are pushing the boundaries of research in your own field.
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What is your career plan once you have completed your PhD?

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     I hope to become part of an academic French Department, lecturing or as a Post-Doctorate student.
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(2012)

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