Dr Eleanor Hodgson
Lecturer in French
I completed my studies at the University of Sheffield, where I obtained a BA in French and Music, a Masters Degree (Research Track) in French, and a PhD in French Studies, specialising in Medieval French Literature.
My PhD thesis focused on analysing the anonymous Old French romance Guillaume de Palerne as a self-reflexive text which highlights the processes of production and reception in medieval literature, including exploring rewriting and the role of the audience in recognising intertextual references. During my doctoral studies, I also developed a secondary research interest in French rap, particularly the work of Abd Al Malik, with a focus on examining artists' identity, as shaped by audience reception of their work.
After my PhD, I spent two years on the government-funded post-doctoral teaching scheme ‘Researchers in Schools’, completing my QTS and NQT years in a secondary school in Devon. I taught French and German from Y7 to Y13, before taking up the position of Lecturer in French at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2017, where I taught French language and culture modules to students across a range of degree programmes. I have since worked in the Outreach and Widening Participation sector, running the data collection and evaluation of a multi-partnered HE outreach project in the South West, and joined the University of Exeter in January 2020 as Lecturer in French. I teach French language and culture, specialising in medieval literature and French rap and hip-hop culture.
External impact and engagement
Having worked on a range of Outreach and Widening Participation projects at different institutions over the past 8 years, including the Routes into Languages and Researchers in Schools projects, I am delighted to now be part of the British Academy-funded project 'Modern Languages Outreach and Engagement'. This project connects eight early career researchers and teachers, national providers and policy bodies to discuss current provisions for teaching Modern Languages and to share best practice for research-based engagement. For further information, please see http://www.mloe.org
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and am a fully qualified teacher of MFL in UK Secondary Schools.