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I completed a BA in French and German at Oxford University (2014-2018) where I stayed to read for an MSt in Modern Languages (2018-2019).

My DPhil research, funded by a New College-Reynolds Scholarship, considers how the dramatic and theoretical works of the German playwright Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) were received by the French writer Roland Barthes (1915-80). My thesis places Barthes's writing on Brecht in the broader context of French criticism and theory from the 1950s to the 1970s and traces the evolution of Barthes's understanding and appreciation of Brechtian theatre. I examine how Barthes leant on Brecht to theorise new modes of political writing whilst remaining attentive to questions of aesthetic pleasure. More broadly, I am interested in twentieth-century theatre and literary theory.

I am spending the current academic year (2023-24) as a guest doctoral researcher at the Freie Universität Berlin. My stay has been funded by a research scholarship awarded by the state parliament of Berlin. 

Teaching

  • German to English Translation
  • French to English Translation
  • German Paper X, Special Authors (Brecht)
  • French Sole Prelims, Introduction to Literary Theory

Publications