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Durham University

The Centre for Foreign Language Study

Staff profile

Dr Géraldine Crahay, B.A.; M.A.; Ph.D.

Assistant Teaching Fellow - French in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 44352
Room number: A5, Elvet Riverside I

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I come from Liège, in the French speaking part of Belgium. As an undergraduate, I studied Romance languages and literature at the University of Liège. I spent one semester as an Erasmus student in Padua (Università degli Studi di Padova). I studied for a M.A. in French literature at the University of Liège, with a special focus on the nineteenth-century. Following this, I completed a teacher training degree at the same university and taught French in a Belgian secondary school for a year.

In 2011, I undertook a Ph.D. in French studies at Bangor University whilst working as a graduate teaching assistant. My research focused on the representation of a masculine malaise, sexual and gender ambiguities in narratives of the July Monarchy (1830-48) and scientific texts of that time.

In 2015, I started to work at the Centre for Foreign Language Study at Durham University as an Assistant Teaching Fellow in French. I have been teaching a variety of levels and students since then.

I have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2015 and a certified DELF-DALF examiner since 2017.

Research Interests

  • Gender identities
  • Language learning and movement
  • Language teaching and literature
  • Masculinities studies
  • Nineteenth-century French narratives
  • Relations between science and literature
  • Teaching heterogeneous groups

Teaching Areas

  • CFLS 1F11 French Stage 1

  • GD 396 French Reading Skills for Research Post-Beginners

  • MLAN 1411 French Stage 1 (previously)

  • MLAS 1061 French Stage 1 (previously)

  • MLAN 1371 French Stage 4 (previously)
  • MLAN 1391 (French Stage 2) (previously)
  • MLAS 1041 French Stage 4 (previously)
  • MLAS 1051 French Stage 2 (previously)

Selected Publications

Authored book

  • Forthcoming The Hermaphrodite, the Effete and the Butch: Sexual and Gender Ambiguities in Nineteenth-Century French Narratives, Peter Lang.

Chapter in book

  • 2018 '‘“Voyez les femmes les plus hommasses, ces viragines audacieuses” La domestication de la femme masculine dans les traités savants de la première moitié du dix-neuvième siècle’', in Leroy, Sophie (ed.) (ed.), Medicine and Maladies: Representing Affliction in Nineteenth-Century France, Brill-Rodopi, pp. 19-40

Journal Article

  • 2017 '‘Serenity’s Operative and Les Misérables’s Inspector Javert: The Masculinity of Scrupulous Civil Servants’', Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association 15.
  • 2017 'Théophile Gautier: Mademoiselle de Maupin', The Literary Encyclopedia
  • 2017 'Victor Hugo: Han d'Islande [Han of Iceland]', The Literary Encyclopedia
  • 2016 '‘“Oh! non, je ne pourrai jamais te le dire… j’aime un homme!” Hermaphrodite et l’esthétisation de l’homosexualité dans Mademoiselle de Maupin'', Nineteenth-Century French Studies 45, pp. 17-32
  • 2013 '‘Valorising Genitalia: Homosexuality and Hermaphroditism in French Scientific Writings in the Nineteenth Century', Harts & Minds 1.

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