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Dr Bradley Stephens

Dr Bradley Stephens

Dr Bradley Stephens
BA , MA, PhD (Cantab.)

Senior Lecturer in French

Office 2.61, 19WR
19 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TE
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 928 7914

Research summary

I specialise in French literary culture from the nineteenth century onwards, with particular interests in the life and works of Victor Hugo, in multimedia adaptation, reception theory, and gender. Many of my publications and public engagement activities focus on cutting through the clichés surrounding Hugo and other iconic male figures to reveal new insights into their writing and its reception.  

My first book, Victor Hugo, Jean-Paul Sartre and the Liability of Liberty (Legenda, 2011), examined the previously overlooked connections between Romantic and Existentialist thinking through two of France's most celebrated writers. My latest books both explore the legacy ...

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I am a specialist of French literary culture from the nineteenth century onwards, especially the works of Victor Hugo, with interests in gender studies and the reception (and multimedia adaptation) of prose fiction. I completed my BA, MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge before joining the School of Modern Languages in Bristol in 2006. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in French in 2013 and became School Impact Director in 2015 for the REF 2021 exercise, in addition to acting as Subject Lead in French for 2016-17. I am currently a member of the AHRC's Peer Review ...

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