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Eric Robertson - Professor of Modern French Literary and Visual Culture

Eric Robertson - Professor of Modern French Literary and Visual Culture

I teach on the French and Comparative Literature and Culture programmes in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, mainly focusing on literature, the visual arts and film. My research focuses on the French and European avant-gardes, text-image interactions, and multilingual writing, especially poetry.

I typically (co)-teach on courses focusing on modern French literature and the visual arts: these include FR1105 The Visual Image in French Culture and Society; ML1301 Visual Arts 1: Artists and their MaterialsML1102 The Birth of Film; FR2106 Cinema in FranceFR2107 The Illustrated Text in France; ML2302 Visual Arts 2: Genres and Movements; ML3202 Aestheticism to the Avant-Garde; FR3113 Text and Image in France from Cubism to the Present. I also teach French-English translation to Year 2 and final-year students. Much of my teaching is comparative and interdisciplinary in nature. A forthcoming course will deal with writers who have migrated across countries and languages.

To date I have authored or co-authored four books and co-edited a further four, on modern French and European writers, artists and avant-garde groups. My latest book, Blaise Cendrars: the Invention of Life (Reaktion Books, forthcoming) examines the poetry, novels and autofiction of this extraordinary writer. I have written two books on the Franco-German painter, poet and sculptor Hans Jean Arp, and co-curated the international touring exhibition ‘Arp: the Poetry of Forms’, hosted by Kröller-Müller Museum (Otterlo, Netherlands) and Turner Contemporary in 2017-18. This was the most important retrospective of Arp’s work in the UK for over half a century. It attracted 250,000 visitors and received widespread international press and media attention.

My research on modern artists has led me to give talks, write essays and contribute to exhibitions for art museums and galleries, including  Almine Rech Gallery (New York), Arp Museum (Bahnhof Rolandseck, Germany), Stiftung Arp (Berlin), Cabaret Voltaire (Zurich), Connaught Brown (London), Hauser & Wirth (Zurich, London, Los Angeles, Somerset, Hong Kong, Gstaad),  Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain (Strasbourg), Nahmad Contemporary (New York), and the Nasher Sculpture Center (Dallas).

I am currently the Chair of the LLC Department Assessment Board.

My full research profile can be viewed here.

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