Former President, AUPHF (Association of University Professors and Heads of French) Founder President (2001-08), Society of Dix-Neuviemistes Member, Society for French Studies Member, Australian Society for French Studies Member, AHRC Peer Review Panel 5 (Modern Languages and Linguistics), and AHRC Peer Review College
Areas of expertise
The French novel, particularly of the nineteenth century, with special reference to Gustave Flaubert, Jules Verne and Guy de Maupassant.
Specifically, my interest is in self-reflexive modes of writing, and in the enquiry pursued throughout nineteenth-century French literature about the nature of writing. This enquiry includes the relationship between literature and science, literature and pedagogy, literature and history, and literature and travel. A particular focus of my interests is on travel, technology and discovery in the nineteenth century.
Languages (other than English)
Radio and TV interviews (BBC, Australian Broadcasting Corporation)