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Dr Delphine Grass
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My research interests lie primarily in contemporary French literature. I am interested in the relationship between literature from the nineteenth century to the present day and late-capitalist modes of production, as well as in the intersection between literary genres, language, and the role of the author in an information economy. As well as having published several articles on various aspects of Michel Houellebecq's works, I am currently working on forthcoming monograph on the representation of globalisation in this author's works (Michel Houellebecq, Literature and Aesthetics in the Era of Globalisation (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015)). The monograph develops the theoretical framework of framelessness, which is used to approach the portrayal of globalisation in his texts through a variety of themes, such as tourism, cloning and the representation of glass architecture and transparency as enablers of global free-market expansion.
Additionally, I am also very interested in the 20th century multilingual poetry of Alsace-Lorraine and the idea of multilingualism as a poetics in the works of Claude Vigée, André Weckmann, Hans/Jean Arp, Yvan Goll and Eugène Jolas. I have recently translated an extract of Vigée's Schwarzi Sengessle Flackere am Wind from Alsatian into English for Modern Poetry in Translation and am planning to pursue research in this area. I am also a practicing poet (A Verse, Magma, The Black Herald...) involved in the Sorbonne-based A Verse poetry group, and a co-translator of Michel Houellebecq's poetry collection Le Sens du combat (the Art of Struggle) into English with Prof. Timothy Mathews.
The Society for French Studies: Awarded £350 (with Dr. Charlotte Baker) in support of the conference "Multilingual French Identities" taking place in January 2014 at Lancaster University.
The Yves Hervouet Fund with Dr. Charlotte Baker (£700) for the organisation of the conference "Multilingual French Identities" taking place in January 2014 at Lancaster University.
My PhD research was funded by the UCL Graduate School Scholarship (Fees and Maintenance Scholarship awarded on merit and excellence accross UCL faculties)
DELC342: Imagining Modern Europe: Post-Revolutionary Utopias and Ideologies in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century
DELC347: Modernity of Forms and Forms of Modernity in French Literature 1850-2000
DELC215: Language and Identity in France, Germany and Spain
FREN101: French Culture and Society
FREN233: Shaping Contemporary France: Culture, Politics and the Legacy of History
FREN301: Final Year Advanced French Language
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