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The members of staff of the Department of French Studies all conduct research in a number of different periods and areas of French cultural production.

Due to these varied fields of expertise, higher-degree students can be supervised in a great number of different areas from contemporary French society and politics to 21st-century cinema to the literature and social history of the 18th and 19th centuries. Research by staff in the Department of French Studies contributed to the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) round in the areas of History and Literary Studies. Both areas received a 4 rating (above world standard).

  • Dr Natalie Edwards
    • Women’s writing (20th and 21st centuries)
    • Feminist theory and gender studies
    • Autobiography
    • Photography and Visual Arts
    • Francophone literature (North and Sub-Saharan African)
  • Professor Jean Fornasiero
    • French Socialism:  Fourier, Considerant, Ballanche
    • Literature and Politics (19th and 20th Centuries)
    • Romanticism:  Nerval, Balzac, Hugo
    • Popular Novel:  Eugène Sue, Jules Verne
    • Crime Fiction
    • French-Australian Relations
    • History of French Exploration in the Pacific
  • Associate Professor Ben McCann
    • French Cinema:  all periods and genres
    • Other national European cinemas (German, Italian, British, US)
    • Adaptation Studies
  • Dr Peter Poiana
    • 20th-century Novel:  Proust, Gracq, Giono, Duras, Claude Simon
    • Autobiography
    • 20th – 21st -century Poetry
    • Literary theory and contemporary philosophy
  • Professor John West-Sooby
    • 19th-century Novel:  Stendhal, Balzac, Flaubert, Maupassant, Barbey d’Aurevilly
    • The Picaresque Novel
    • Development of the Novel in the 17th and 18th Centuries
    • Crime Fiction
    • Translation Studies
    • History of French Exploration in the Pacific
Department of French Studies
Level 7, Napier Building



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