Dr. Stephens's research focuses on the influences and legacies of French Romanticism during and since the nineteenth century. His study Victor Hugo, Jean-Paul Sartre, and the Liability of Liberty, for which he was awarded a University Research Fellowship, appeared in 2011 and explored previously overlooked connections between Romantic and Existentialist thinking through these two iconic writers. In conjunction with this project, he also wrote the introduction to a new edition of Hugo’s classic gothic novel Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame) with Signet Classics/Penguin USA.
Two new projects are currently in preparation, both of which relate to the theme of 'reception' as regards French Romanticism. The first asks how strategies of adaptation vary across medium, nation, and era, in collaboration with colleagues across the UK: my participation considers the reception and adaptations of classic French Romantic works, especially in terms of mulitmedia translation and male heroes. For this project, he worked as part of a REACT-funded partnership (The Next Timeline) that looked into the mapping of literary date for touchscreen software. The project has now turned towards two co-edited volumes on Hugo's Les Mìsérables which are currently in preparation, looking at the novel's 150-year legacy and various approaches to teaching such a subject. A second parallel project concentrates on the masculine figure of the grand homme or 'great man' which fellow Romantics Hugo and Alexandre Dumas explored (and came to embody).
Consultation Hours for Dr. Stephens in the first semester of 2013/14 are Tuesdays 10:30am-11:30am and Wednesdays 11:30am-12:30pm; he will usually be available to see students at these times, and mutually convenient alternatives can be arranged via email. Please be advised that Thursdays are his research days and he will be unavailable for student consultation on those days.
Dr. Stephens’s undergraduate teaching at Bristol for 2013-14 includes: the first-year ‘Readling Literary and Visual Cultures in French’ unit (FREN10010); second-year courses on the French novel both pre- and post-1900 (FREN20023/39), and a final-year special option on readings and receptions of Les Mìsérables (FREN30030).
At graduate level, he convenes a core unit entitled ‘European Literature of Ideas’ (MODLM2044) for the MA in Modern Languages and European Literatures, and contributes seminars to ‘The Rise of the Nineteenth-Century Novel’ and ‘Tradition and Experimentation in Twentieth-Century Fiction’ (MODLM 2034/35), in addition to 'Europe and the Americas'. He is currently co-supervising four PhD theses on: le merveilleux scientifique in late nineteenth-century French literature; Jules Verne's utopian narratives; the fantastic in late nineteenth-century French and German fiction; and French women Romantic writers. He has previously supervised an MPhil thesis on the figure of the prêtre amoureux in French Romantic writing, in addition to work on Hugo, Balzac, and Cocteau.
Bradley Stephens completed his BA, MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge before joining the School of Modern Languages in Bristol in 2006 as a Lecturer in French, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2013. He currently sits on the Editorial Advisory Boards of The Journal for European Studies, French Studies Bulletin, and Sartre Studies International. Within the University, he was the Year Abroad Officer for the School of Modern Languages 2010-12 and chaired the management of the first InsideArts, the University Festival of the Arts and Humanities. He currently sits on the Executive Committee of the UK Sartre Society, and was Membership Secretary for the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes from 2009 to 2012.
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