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Dr Bradley Stephens

Dr Bradley Stephens

Dr Bradley Stephens
BA , MA, PhD (Cantab.)

Associate Professor in French Literature

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, reviewed by France Today as 'the antidote we never knew we craved in these troubled times of ours [...] Comprehensive and refreshingly accessible ...

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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 ...

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