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Dr Peter Hawkins

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.