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French Studies PhD viva success
Congratulations to Leigh Anne Casey on the successful defence of her doctoral thesis on Jacques Maritain. Pictured here with Leigh are internal examiner Dr Pierre-Philippe Fraiture, supervisor Professor Seán Hand, and external examiner Professor Mike Kelly of Southampton University.
I chose the English and French degree for many reasons: the course covers a broad range of material, both the English and French departments are ranked amongst the best in the country, and the campus is great. Now in my final year, I enjoy being part of an active interdisciplinary research centre. Staff in both departments are friendly and approachable, and are specialists across many subject areas. Warwick offers many opportunities for independent research at undergraduate level and beyond – I have been able to take part in cutting-edge research, creative projects, and student-led projects. Liam Lewis, English and French.
I am currently in the second year of my PhD, which examines literature from a francophone Caribbean background, and focuses on how their English translations influence the transmission and reception of an image of postcolonial identity in a different culture. Having completed my undergraduate and Master's degrees elsewhere, Warwick has shown itself to be very friendly and welcoming, and an excellent place to undertake a PhD, with an emphasis both on producing high quality research and offering you the opportunities to develop a broader skill set. In addition to my research, I also teach and have had the chance to work on Widening Participation school visits and projects and to organize the annual French Studies Postgraduate Conference. Sarah Blaney, PhD candidate.
Dr Katherine Astbury researches responses to, and representations of, French Revolutionary events in texts and images of the period. She has worked with the curators of National Trust property Waddesdon Manor to foster a greater awareness of the ramifications of the Revolution among the broader public, and supported teaching in schools. The catalogue of the Waddesdon collection is freely accessible on the Waddesdon website.