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Philippa Read

Teaching Associate in French Studies, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I was awarded a PhD in French from the University of Leeds in 2017. My thesis was entitled 'Female Heroism in First-World-War France'. Since then I have held three posts; one as Teaching Associate in French at Aston University, then as Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds, and finally as Research Assistant on an AHRC-funded digital history project called 'Tracing the Belgian refugees of the First World War'. I joined the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at Nottingham in October 2018.

I am also chair of the AHRC's 'First World War Network for Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers', which aims to support their development in the field of war studies.

Expertise Summary

I am a cultural historian of France with specific expertise in women's history from the Belle-Epoque to the interwar period.

My interest lies in the ways in which popular stereotypes, and French women themselves, interacted with normative gender ideals during this historical period, and what impact this had on the development of women's rights at a time of great change and conflict.​

I have published on the appropriation of Sophocles' heroine, Antigone, in interwar discourses of female grief, and on women's silence as a trauma response in wartime narratives. I am also preparing a monograph for publication in 2020.

Teaching Summary

I have a diverse teaching background and have designed and lead several French History and Culture modules, as well as contributing to team-taught core language, grammar and translation courses. At… read more

Research Summary

I am currently in the early stages of researching the Belgian refugee community in France during the First World War.

I am also preparing a monograph, based on my doctoral thesis, for publication in 2020.

Recent Publications

I have a diverse teaching background and have designed and lead several French History and Culture modules, as well as contributing to team-taught core language, grammar and translation courses. At Nottingham I teach on the following modules:

  • France: History and Identity​

  • Contemporary France​

  • Introduction to French and Francophone Studies​

  • Introduction to French Literature: Landmarks in Narrative ​

  • French 1​

From 2019-2020 I will be offering students a new module, 'La France en guerre : Mémoires de la Première guerre mondiale', which will introduce them to the cultural history of the First World War in France and its colonial empire, via the study of primary historical sources.

Past Research

I have published on the appropriation of Sophocles' heroine, Antigone, in interwar discourses of female grief and on women's silence as a trauma response in wartime narratives.

Future Research

I have longer terms plans to research a politically and socially volatile period of French history which saw a growth in right-wing support comparable to that happening in more global terms today, in tracing the early history of French women's public engagement with right-wing politics, focusing on their roles in the profession of journalism between 1900 and 1945.

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