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Dr Bradley Stephens


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 then an Associate Professorship (Readership) in French Literature in 2019, when I also became the School Education Director for Modern Languages. Prior administrative responsibilities include Subject Lead in French (2016-17) and School Impact Director (2015-19) for the REF 2021 exercise.

I am currently a member of the AHRC's Peer Review College and have served on the Editorial Advisory Boards for Dix-Neuf (2015 onwards), French Studies Bulletin (2013-2017), The Journal for European Studies (2010 onwards), and Sartre Studies International (2009 onwards). Between 2014 and 2017, I also sat on the Executive Committee of the Society for French Studies (the leading subject association for French in the UK and Ireland) as Membership Secretary. Within the University, I have chaired the management of InsideArts, the first University Festival of the Arts and Humanities.

I have spoken about my work at conferences in the UK and USA and at Literary Festivals in London and Guernsey, in addition to writing opinion pieces for both The Guardian and The Huffington Postand being interviewed by BBC Radio, the L.A.Times, and Dagbladet.