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Research in the Department of French

Research strengths

Modern Languages research at King's achieved a 'power' ranking of 9th in the UK according the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which assesses the quality and quantity of research across the UK's universities. In recent years we have also won substantial external funding from bodies such as the AHRC, HERA, Leverhulme Trust and LCACE.

This excellent record is driven predominantly by the research of individual scholars, but also by our involvement in collective projects, either within the Department, within the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, within the wider field of French Studies, or in interdisciplinary connections both within and beyond King's.

Areas of expertise

While our research collectively is distinguished by a commitment to the full chronological range of French literary studies, and shows a consistent emphasis on some of the traditional research activities of the discipline (such as textual editing and archival research), the Department also has significant research strengths in some of the more recently developed areas of French Studies, such as:

  • French politics and history
  • Postcolonial / francophone studies
  • French cinema and visual culture
  • Modern French thought and contemporary French philosophy

Research in the Department is also distinguished by the energetic fostering of dialogue and discussion between individual members of staff and between staff members and research students which takes place in part through a regular research seminar, and in reading groups, but also in a vibrant context of overlapping interests. Staff in the Department of French are involved in the Early Modern Forum inter-departmental seminar series, the Postcolonial Studies Network, the Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies, Queer@King's, the Centre for Enlightenment Studies, the Centre for Modern Literature & Culture and Comparative Literature.

Discover more about our research through the links on the left or through the College research database, the Research Portal.

 

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