School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Research in French

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAPH2) competition, offering up to 90 AHRC-funded studentships is now open

Applications for the QMUL Principal's Postgraduate Research Studentships are now open

Modern French and Francophone literature and its socio-political contexts

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  • Socio-political contextualization of modern French literature
  • Francophone writing
  • Life writing
  • Colonial and postcolonial writing by women
  • OuLiPo

Visual cultures of the French-speaking world

  • Text-image relations
  • The work of contemporary women artists
  • Medieval and early modern visual culture

Theoretical approaches to the literature of the French-speaking world

  • Feminist theory and criticism
  • Narratology
  • Postcolonial perspectives

Cross-cultural approaches to literature in French

  • Modern Francophone writing
  • Pre-modern vernacular translation and cross-cultural transmission

Pre-modern literature in French

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  • Late medieval poetry and poetics
  • Relations between French-language and Dutch-language writing in Burgundy
  • Vernacular translation and cross-cultural transmission
  • Approaches to scholarly editing
  • Manuscript studies and book history


  • Language and national identity in France, Quebec and Sweden
  • Language policy and planning
  • Language attitudes
  • Regional languages in France
  • Variation in French
  • Language in the European Union
  • Languages and globalisation

QMUL PhD Funding

How to apply

The LAHP studentship competition is now open

Recent major research grants in French

Oulipography: life as a creative constraint

Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship awarded to Anna Kemp for 2017-2018 (£47,521)

The 1429 Catalan Translation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s `Decameron’: Tracing the Making of a European Classic
European Commission, Marie Curie Actions - Intra-European Fellowships (IEF) scheme, awarded to Adrian Armstrong (scientist in charge) and Simone Ventura (researcher), September 2013 - August 2015 (€221,606)

Albert Camus: a Controversial life, a Contested Legacy

Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship awarded to Edward Hughes for 2013-2014 (£44,547)

Visual Culture and 'Interruption' in Global Cities
AHRC-NWO Humanities Research Networking and Exchange Scheme Research Grant awarded to Shirley Jordan, in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, September 2012-August 2014 (€37,734)

Transcultural Critical Editing: Vernacular Poetry in the Burgundian Netherlands, 1450-1530
AHRC Research Grant awarded to Adrian Armstrong, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, January 2012-July 2016 (£227,036)