School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
French Studies and Translation Studies
Brian Nelson is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He was an undergraduate at Cambridge and took a DPhil at Oxford. He was lecteur d’anglais at the Ecole Normale Superieure, rue d’Ulm, Paris, and taught at Aberystwyth University before being appointed Professor of French at Monash in 1985. His research interests lie in the fields of 19th- and 20th-century French literature and culture, and translation studies. He has been editor of the Australian Journal of French Studies (which is based at Monash) since 2002. He has edited or co-edited ten books on aspects of modern French and European culture, but is best known for his critical studies and translations of the novels of Emile Zola. These include The Cambridge Companion to Zola, Zola and the Bourgeoisie and translations (for Oxford World’s Classics) of The Fortune of the Rougons, The Belly of Paris, The Kill, Pot Luck and The Ladies’ Paradise. His latest publication is Perspectives on Literature and Translation: Creation, Circulation, Reception, co-ed. with Brigid Maher (Routledge, 2013).
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