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Dr Paul Earlie

Dr Paul Earlie

Dr Paul Earlie
DPHIL (Oxon.), MPHIL (Cantab.), BA (Dub.)

Lecturer in French Media and Communication

Office G90, 19 Woodland Road
19 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TE
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My principal area of research is modern and contemporary French thought, with a particular focus on the relationship between intermediality and thought and in rhetoric as a theory and practice of communication. I also have teaching and research interests in francophone Belgian culture. 

I was an undergraduate in English Literature and French at Trinity College, Dublin, before completing my DPhil in French, on Derrida and psychoanalysis, at the University of Oxford. While at Oxford, I spent two years as a Laming Junior Fellow and was also a pensionnaire étranger at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. More recently, I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in Belgium at the Université libre de Bruxelles, which sparked my current interest in classical rhetoric and its reception. 

I am currently working on two book projects. The first is a revised version of my doctoral thesis exploring the dynamic exchange between two of the most important strands of French thought: psychoanalysis and deconstruction. I am also working on a second monograph, co-written with the philosopher Michel Meyer, entitled Rhetoric, Ethics, Aesthetics, which proposes a new, integrative theory of the functioning of rhetoric in literature, philosophy, and everyday life. 

I have recently edited a special issue of the Revue internationale de philosophie, which brings together a number of fresh approaches—neuropsychoanalysis, ecocriticism, speculative formalism—to the perennially thorny relationship between psychoanalysis and literature.




I teach a broad range of units in modern French and Francophone culture. Specialist option units include: Modern Critical Theory, Francophone Belgian Culture: From Surrealism to Bande Dessinée, and a final year unit on Intellectuals and the Media in France. 



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