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I teach over all levels of undergraduate and graduate study at Monash.


French Studies

Within the French program I teach or co-teach

  • a lecture course on French bande dessinée to ab initio French students
  • a course on French culture and film in the twenty and twenty-first centuries, looking (among other things) at La Bataille d’AlgerLa Rafle and Les Intouchables.
  • a seminar course on the idea of equality

I also teach the French elective ‘Whatever Happened to Truth? French Literature, Thought and Visual Culture’ (ATS3077).

Literary Studies

I lecture on Zola’s Thérèse Raquin, realism and naturalism for ATS1903: Introducing literature: Ways of reading in the Literary Studies major.


I offer a lecture on Romantic theology for the unit ‘Literature and Romanticism’ (ATS2422).



I also help teach the literary and theoretical section of the LCL Honours workshop (ATS4653).

As Honours co-ordinator I have the privilege each year of meeting a new set of motivated and excited students taking their first steps researching a topic they are passionate about. This has to be one of the most rewarding parts of my job.


I offer a seminar on the actuality of the death of the author for the PhD coursework unit ‘Literary and Cultural Theory: An Overview’ (APG6724).

Previous teaching

In the past I have taught and examined a range of French authors and schools in the late nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including Zola, Proust, Gide, Breton, Artaud, Cocteau, Jarry, Beckett, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Camus, Merleau-Ponty, Genet, Robbe-Grillet, Apollinaire, Duras, Perec, Houellebecq, Bataille, Blanchot, Resnais, Varda, Barthes, Derrida, Deleuze, Foucault, Nancy and Badiou.

At Masters level I have taught seminars on Perec, Deleuze and Derrida.

In the past I have particularly enjoyed teaching an eight-week undergraduate seminar course covering a range of texts and topics in thought and literature from the ancient Greeks to the present day. This course was expanded to become the book From Plato to Postmodernism.

I also taught and examined translation from French into English at undergraduate level for a number of years.