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Professor Martin Hurcombe

Professor Martin Hurcombe

Professor Martin Hurcombe
B.A. (Hons.), Ph.D.(Bristol), PGCE

Professor of French Studies

Area of research

War, Culture and Politics in Early Twentieth-Century France

Office 1.66, 19 Woodland Rd
19 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TE
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 928 8447

Research summary

I am principally interested in the relationship between representations of conflict and politics in early twentieth-century France. I am the author of Novelists in Conflict: Ideology and the Absurd in the French Combat Novel of the Great War and France and the Spanish Civil War: Cultural Representations of the War next Door, 1936-1945. With Martyn Cornick and Angela Kershaw, I have recently written French Political Travel Writing in the Inter-War Years: Radical Departures. I am also interested in the relationship between political commitment and utopianism and the memory of the First World War in twentieth-century French culture. I am ...

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I studied French and Italian at the University of Exeter where I also later completed a PGCE (after a year working at the Université de Rennes II). I spent several years in secondary education pretending that I didn't miss academia until coming to Bristol as a PhD student. I completed my doctoral thesis, 'Forming the Modern Mind: A Reappraisal of the French Combat Novel of World War One', in 2000 under the supervision of Gino Raymond. That same year, I became a lecturer here in the Department of French.

I am one of the editors of the Journal of ...

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