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Dr Peter Hawkins

Dr Peter Hawkins

Dr Peter Hawkins

Senior Research Fellow in French

19 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TE
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His research interests are contemporary French Society and Culture, Critical Theory, Post-colonial literatures in French, Chanson française and French Cinema.  His book: Chanson: the French singer-songwriter from Aristide Bruand to the present day was published by Ashgate in December 2000.

His current research focuses on the Franco-Monegasque singer-songwriter Leo Ferre (1916-1993). In 2013 he released a double CD of translations of the artist's best known songs and performed them in a series of concerts in Bristol, London and Sheffield, supported by the University of Bristol fund for Impact and Public Engagement. Details are available from his website He has also presented papers on  Leo Ferre and French Chanson at conferences in France and Italy in 2013.

His recent research has focused on the literatures and cultures of the francophone Indian Ocean.  His book The Other Hybrid Archipelago: Introduction to the Literatures and Cultures of the Francophone Indian Ocean was published by Lexington in 2007 and reissued as a paperback in 2009.

The papers of a conference on Indian Ocean literatures and cultures held in Bristol in 2006 were published in collaboration with Dr Julia Waters (University of Reading) in the journal E-France in 2008.  In 2009 he presented papers at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and at the 20th anniversary conference of SFPS at the Institut français de Londres.

Recent publications include 'Translation and its others: postcolonial linguistic strategies of writers from the Francophone Indian Ocean' in Intimate Enemies: Translation in Francophone Contexts, edited by Kathryn Batchelor and Claire Bisdorff, Liverpool  University Press, 2013; and 'Donner a voir: poetic language and visual representation according to Paul Eluard' in The Art of the Text, edited by Susan Harrow, University of Wales Press, 2013.


Peter Hawkins joined the Department of French in 1968, and held temporary posts at the University of Benin, Nigeria, (1977-79) and at the Université de la Réunion (1994-97). He was made Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académiques in 1998 and promoted Officier in 2009.

He was president of ASCALF, the Association for the Study of Caribbean and African Literature in French, 1989-94 and 1997-2000 and Vice-President 2000-2002.  In 2002 the association was re-launched as the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (SFPS).

He retired in January 2008 and was appointed Senior Research Fellow. He was awarded a PhD on his published work in June 2008.



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