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School of Modern Languages & Cultures: Department of French

Staff in the Department of French

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Professor Christopher Lloyd, MA PGCE Oxon; PhD Warwick

Emeritus Professor in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures

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After studying at Brasenose College, Oxford and Warwick University, I worked as a teacher of English for three years in French universities, before being appointed temporary lecturer in French at Durham in 1980 (subsequently gaining promotion to lecturer, senior lecturer and professor). In 1992, I was a visiting professor in the English Department at Dijon University. From 1997 to 2000, I was Head of the School of Modern European Languages at Durham, and from 2002 to 2006 Director of Undergraduate studies and Chair of the School’s Teaching and Learning Committee. I was Chair of the Exams Boards from 2008 to 2010 and Head of French from 2010 to 2013.

My teaching has covered a wide range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level on nineteenth and twentieth-century literature and culture, as well as written French language. I have recently supervised PhD students researching on fin-de-siècle fiction, film and literature related to World War Two, and science fiction. 

My research covers two main areas, reflected in the six books, five edited volumes of conference proceedings and many refereed articles which I have published, as well as unpublished lectures and conference papers: (a) the late nineteenth-century novel; (b) fiction, film and culture in France since the Second World War.

My latest book is a monograph on the film director Henri-Georges Clouzot, published by Manchester University Press in 2007. Future projects include a comparative study of Robert Louis Stevenson and Guy de Maupassant, and a co-authored study of World War Two narratives published in France and elsewhere.

I recently collaborated with Professor Margaret Atack of Leeds University on a major joint project related to cultural representations of the Occupation of France during World War Two. Our application for funding of c. £450,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council was successful in June 2006. For further details, go to:

Selected Publications

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Books: edited

Edited essays

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Selected Grants

  • 2006: AHRC Research Grant £366K [co-investigator with Professor Atack in Leeds]
  • 2000: British Academy Travel Award