Brian Sudlow

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I joined Aston in September 2011 after nearly eight years at Reading University where I worked first as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and thereafter as a lecturer and teaching fellow in French Studies. At Reading I taught French language, translation practice, Contemporary French Politics and French political and intellectual history 1815-1958. At Aston, I will be working in both the French and Translation Studies Departments.

Research interests

Areas of Research Interest

At the heart of my research since my PhD has been the necessity to reshape literary or cultural taxonomies hitherto based on confessional labels which marginalize or exoticize Catholic literature in France and England. This necessity has inspired my recourse to secularization theory and to the writings of Charles Taylor and William T. Cavanaugh concerning the philosophy of the individual and socio-ecclesial theory. I have also drawn theoretical concepts from the writings of René Girard to problematise the themes of French Catholic literature in the ways that explore its attempts to speak to the individual and societal ramifications of secularization.

Another strand of my research concerns the French Far Right and the morphology of nationalism and national identities. I am the editor of National Identities in France which was published by Transaction Publishers in December 2011.

As of early 2012, I have begun a new project on writers such as Gabriel Marcel and Jacques Ellul who, in their writings about technology, provide a kind of Christian humanist rearguardduring a period in which the concept of the human is brought increasingly under question.

Teaching Activity

  • LI1004 – Introduction to Translation
  • LI 2008 – Communication Across Cultures (French Supervision)
  • LI3005 – LSP Translation (French Supervision)
  • LF3002 – French Language
  • LF3009 – French Technology: Inventing progress and disaster
  • LIM005 – French-English translation for Masters programmes


  • BA (Hons), PGCE
  • MA Res (Nottingham)
  • Maitrise FLE (Paris V)
  • PhD (Reading)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
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  2. Charles Péguy Centenary Colloquium

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  3. David Jones: Christian Modernist?

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