Dr. Patrick Crowley MA, HDip in Ed, DEA (Lille), PhD (Lond)
University College Cork
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Dr. Patrick Crowley studied at University College Cork where he obtained a BA degree in History and French and later studied for his MA in French (1995). He pursued his studies in France where in 1997 he successfully completed the diplôme d'études approfondies (DEA - Masters in Advanced Studies) at the Université de Lille. In 2001, he obtained his PhD in French from the University of London having worked under the supervision of Prof. Michael Sheringham at Royal Holloway, University of London. He joined the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures in University College Cork in 1999. The primary focus of his research is on literary form, its construction and its destabilization within modern French and francophone postcolonial studies. His book, Pierre Michon: The Afterlife of Names (2007) , examines the place of canonical writers (such as Arthur Rimbaud) and avant-garde French thinkers (such as Roland Barthes) in the work of the contemporary French writer Pierre Michon. In 2011 he completed two co-edited volumes: Mediterranean Travels: Self and Other from the Ancient World to Contemporary Society (with Noreen Humble and Silvia Ross) and Postcolonial Poetics: Genre and Form (with Jane Hiddleston). In the same year he was appointed General Editor of the Irish Journal of French Studies. He teaches a range of modules relating to postcolonial studies. He examines, for example, the relationship between France and Algeria, Francophone diasporas, travel writing and the Mediterranean, as well as contemporary autobiographical forms. He offers supervision to postgraduate students wishing to work on issues of identity regarding contemporary French literature or Francophone postcolonial studies. He is currently Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellow awarded for the project 'Algeria: Nation and Transnationalism 1988-2010'.