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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Dr Nina Rolland


Lecturer in French



I graduated with a BA in French and an MA in Comparative Literature from Sorbonne Université (Paris 4) before completing my PhD in Comparative Literature in 2016, which was jointly supervised by the University of Kent and Sorbonne Nouvelle Université (Paris 3). I also hold a BA in Philosophy from Nanterre Université (Paris 10) and a PGCHE from the University of Kent.

Before joining QMUL, I was a Research Associate at the University of Birmingham working on the Sounds French AI App project (2019-2020) and on the Baudelaire Song Project (2017-2019), both led by Professor Helen Abbott. I have taught courses on French Language, French Literature and Culture and Comparative Literature at the University of Birmingham (2018-19), the University of St Andrews (2016-17), the University of Kent (2012-14), and Saint Bonaventure University (2010-11). I also taught French at the Institut français of Düsseldorf (2014-16) where I was certified as a DELF examiner.

My research interests lie in the interart relationships from the nineteenth century until nowadays, particularly the incorporation of music in fiction (through representations of the body) and song settings of poetry. I am also interested in rethinking musical and literary canons through the works of female composers and rap artists.


I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I am currently covering for Dr Emilie Oléron Evans and teaching:

FRE/COM 5003 ‘Art in France’

FRE/COM 6029 ‘Surrealism’

FRE4026 ‘Paris in Art’

French components on the block 2 of SML4006 ‘Culture and Language’


Research Interests:

- 19th- and 20th-century European Literature: French, British, German

- Interart relationships: the incorporation of music in fiction; song settings of poetry

- Gender Studies

- Language Acquisition


Articles and Book Chapters:

- ‘When the poet becomes the muse: Baudelaire and female composers’, Journal of Romance Studies (2021)

- ‘Baudelaire et la musique: le cas Gabriel Fauré’, Comparatismes en Sorbonne (2021)  

- ‘« Dans la rue et le bitume ne poussent que les fleurs du mal » : jouer et déjouer Charles Baudelaire et sa poésie dans le rap français’, Itinéraires (2021)

- ‘Music and Gender Roles in George Sand’s Le Dernier Amour and Berlioz’s ‘Euphonia’’, The Routledge Companion to Music and Modern Literature, edited by Peter Dayan and Rachael Durkin (2021)

 - ‘Variety Theatre and Theatre of Variations: Performance, Female Body and Music in Emile Zola’s Nana (1880), Kate Chopin’s The Awakening (1894) and Arthur Schnitzler’s Fräulein Else (1924)’, co-authored with Edlira mandis, European Drama and Performance Studies - Consuming Female Performers (1850s-1950s), 5.2 (Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2015), 55-72


Book Reviews:

- Frédéric Robert, La Musique française dans l’Europe musicale entre Berlioz et Debussy (1863-1894) (Paris : L’Harmattan, 2017). In: French Studies, 72.3 (July 2018)

- Pek van Andel and Danièle Bourcier, De la serendipité dans la science, la technique, l’art et le droit. Leçons de l’inattendu, Paris, Hermann, 2013 & Sylvie Catellin, Serendipité, Du conte au concept (Paris : Seuil, 2014). In: La vie des idées, Books and Ideas (2014)


Pedagogical Material:

Songs Without Borders Teaching Handbook: Learning French through Song Writing, Activity book for KS3 French teachers, edited by the Baudelaire Song Project (2019) available at:


Music critiques and dictionary entries:

- ‘Bigflo et Oli’, ‘Gims’, ‘La Fouine’, ‘Soprano’, An Anthology of French and Francophone Singers from A to Z (2nd edition), edited by Michael Abecassis (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2021).

- ‘Anthony and the Johnsons: Compte-rendu live’, Magic Revue Pop Moderne, n°130, April 2009, 55.

- ‘Camera Obscura: Interview’, Magic Revue Pop Moderne, n°131, May 2009, 38–42.

- ‘Fantaisies de Metric: Chronique d’album’, Magic Revue Pop Moderne, n°131, May 2009, 55.

- ‘Art brut vs Satan de Art Brut: Chronique d’album’, Magic Revue Pop Moderne, n°131, May 2009, 55.