Researchers active in the Centre

Richard Hobbs (Senior Lecturer in French): Artists' writings, word & image theory, the Symbolists, problems of Realism. Books include Odilon Redon (1977), Impressions of French Modernity (ed.) (1998), Artists' Writings in Nineteenth-Century France (forthcoming)

Stephen Bann (Professor of History of Art)  Cultural history and theory. Books include: The Clothing of Clio - a study of representation in 19th-century Britain and France (1984), The True Vine - on visual representation and the western tradition (1989), The Inventions of History - essays on the representation of the past (1990), Paul Delaroche - history painted (1997)

Susan Harrow (Professor of French) pursues research interests in the visuality of the literary text, both in modern French poetry and narrative.  She is currently completing a monograph on the modernity of Zola’s aesthetic, which explores issues of colour and visual abstraction in narrative representation.  She is editor of a volume of essays developed from contributions to ‘Sublimely Visual: The Art of the Text’ conference held in September 2008. 

Siobhán Shilton (Lecturer in French) has a particular interest in visual and literary representations of journeys between the cultures of the Maghreb, sub-Saharan Africa, former ‘Indochina’, and France.  She is co-author (with Charles Forsdick and Feroza Basu) of New Approaches to Twentieth-Century Travel Literature in French: history, genre, theory (Peter Lang, 2006). She is currently working on representations of travel and postcolonial identity in the visual or multimedia arts of photography, installation and experimental film.

Bradley Stephens (Lecturer in French) pursues research interests in the relations between literary-visual aesthetics and philosophical thinking during the Romantic period, with a particular emphasis on Victor Hugo. This interest has a dual focus: first, on Hugo’s graphic work, which Van Gogh described as ‘astonishing’ and which anticipated the Surrealist art of the next century; and secondly, on Hugo's broader relation to contemporary visual culture, including cinematic adaptation and the graphic novel. Dr. Stephens is co-editor of Transmissions: Essays in French Literature, Thought and Cinema (Peter Lang, 2007). A book-length study on Hugo's relevance to contemporary aesthetics and philosophy, using Jean-Paul Sartre as an interlocutor, is forthcoming.

Tim Unwin (Ashley Watkins Professor of French)has broad interests in nineteenth-century fiction and aesthetics, representations of the artist in the literary text, and in travel and technology in the novel. He has published extensively in recent years on Flaubert and Verne, and currently has major projects underway on both authors. His work focuses in particular on how the modern world is apprehended and visualised in their work, and on the stylistic properties of this transformed and transforming vision.

Ed Lilley (Senior Lecturer in History of Art) French painting of the 18th and 19th centuries, French art criticism 1700-1850. Publications in Word & Image, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and other scholarly journals.

Claire O’Mahony (Lecturer in History of Art, KelloggCollege, University of Oxford)
Fin de siècle art and design (1880-1920) with particular emphasis on Decoration, Symbolist art and Art Nouveau in France. Curator of the exhibition at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery for the 2006 ‘Brunel 200’ celebrations. Convenor of the 2006 Autumn Art Lecture Series ‘Designing a New World: Art and Industry’