Our research

In French we have a wide range of research specialists anf research interests, including many aspects of French literary and visual culture from the medieval to the contemporary, linguistics, and French thought.

Research interests

  • Specialists in linguistics carry out research in the sociolinguistics and linguistic variation of contemporary French.
  • Recent and contemporary writing: including biographical fiction, women’s writing, and modern critical theory.
  • Medieval French literature and culture
  • Renaissance thought and literature
  • French and Francophone cinema
  • Eighteenth and nineteenth-century visual art.

Research carried out by staff in French deals with issues including the reception of Classical myth, sexuality, gender, war and trauma, and questions of ‘race’, citizenship, and national identity.

Research centres

Our staff in French are involved in the following centres connected to Modern Languages.

Research projects

Current projects 

Recent projects 

Research degrees

We attach particular importance to the quality of research supervision and training in research methodology and to the integration of our postgraduates into the Department’s academic and research community. Find out more about an MPhil/PhD in French Studies at Exeter.