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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

  • French literature from the nineteenth century onwards
  • French Romanticism, especially the life and works of Victor Hugo (1802-85)
  • literary adaptation and reception theory
  • gender and masculinity studies

My publications and public engagement activities primarily focus on cutting through the clichés surrounding Victor Hugo and other iconic male figures from French literature to reveal new insights into their writing and its reception. My most recent project was a biography of Hugo in Reaktion Books' 'Critical Lives' series in early 2019. The writer and statesman behind much-loved stories like Les Misérables and Notre-Dame de Paris (better known in English as The Hunchback of ...

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Biography

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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Selected publications

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