Discover some of the topics Modern Languages students might encounter during their course and learn more about the research interests and specialisms of staff in the Department of Modern Languages.
- Dr David Hornsby, Senior Lecturer in French and Linguistics, explores the relationship between language and society in Franglais: a beginner’s guide, and discusses how “borrowed” words from other languages have developed the lexicon.
Poetry and philosophy
- Dr Ian Cooper, Lecturer in German, asks whether German literature and German philosophy can tell us anything about Coronavirus; the experience of isolation, and of being cut off from things, people and places that we normally take for granted.
- Dr William Rowlandson, Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies, explores the theme of suffering in the paintings of Frida Kahlo.
- Dr Alex Marlow-Mann, Lecturer in Italian, explores how film has been used to persuade, indoctrinate, and convey political messages.
Literature and national identity
- Dr Alvise Sforza Tarabochia, Lecturer in Italian and Head of the Department of Modern Languages, discusses how Pinocchio, a “champion of Italianness”, escaped the constraints of his own narrative frame to become a late addition to the pantheon of fairytale characters.
Language acquisition and language teaching
- Dr Wissia Fiorucci, Modern Languages Coordinator, asks what it takes to be a good teacher in ‘Languages in the classroom‘.