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Dr Erika Fulop

Lecturer in French

Erika Fulop

Lancaster University

Bowland North

LA1 4YW

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 594068

Research overview

My research interests lie mainly in two broader areas: the impact of digitization and the internet on culture, and literature in particular; and the modern and contemporary novel, especially metafiction and self-reflexive phenomena, and the narrative theoretical and philosophical issues these raise. More generally I am interested in the intersections between literature, philosophy, and cultural theory. The authors I have worked on include Marcel Proust, Amélie Nothomb, Éric Chevillard, Jacques Roubaud, Brice Matthieussent, Gabrielle Wittkop, and philosophers from Schelling and Ravaisson to Nietzsche and the French poststructuralists (Deleuze, Derrida), and more recently contemporary logician Graham Priest. 

PhD supervision

- Digital culture and the effects of digitization on literature, culture, and society; experimental writing on the internet (in French or comparative approaches) - Modern and contemporary fiction (French-focused or comparative projects involving texts in English, Spanish, Italian, German, or Hungarian) - Marcel Proust - Narrative theory, especially self-reflexivity in art and literature - Interactions between literature and philosophy - Cultural theory; postmodernism and its aftermath

Current Teaching

DELC348: French Culture in the Digital Age

DELC337: Mirrors across Media: Reflexivity in Literature, Film, Comics and Video Games

FREN215: Language and Identity in France, Germany and Spain

FREN233: Shaping Contemporary France: Culture, Politics and the Legacy of History

FREN301: Final Year Advanced French Language (Guided Composition)

DELC320: Final Year Dissertation

DELC401: Research Skills for Modern Linguists

DELC416: Academic and Practical Methods in Translation (Convenor)

DELC420: MA Translation Project (Convenor)

DELC424: Independent Study Unit

FASS604: The Analysis of Culture

Research Interests

I am fascinated by the new modes and forms of writing and creativity and the changing conditions of literature in the digital age, and this constitutes one of my two major research interests. I have presented and published papers on the ways in which writers use the web as a medium for their artistic projects rather than just as a means of publication, the possibilities this new medium opens for writing and 'doing literature', inlcuding in the form of YouTube videos, and the transformation of the processes through which texts reach their audiences. I also explore these issues with students taking the module 'French Culture in the Digital Age'.

At the same time, I have a continuing interest in narratology and the questions narratives raise for literary theory and philosophy, with both their content and form. I am currently working on a monograph on narrative paradoxes with the working title Fiction against Reason, where I look at self-embedding novels, such as when a character is reading the novel she is in and which we readers are also reading. This structure calls into question the limits of logic and reason, which the fiction transgresses. We can, however, consider this to be more than a mere game, and read it as the illustration of the insufficiency of the binary framework of classical logic, also questioned by contemporary logicians.

These questions link to my more general interest in the ways in which our modes of thinking are culturally determined and in literature’s potential to explore ways to transgress the resulting limitations. My first monograph, entitled Proust, the One, and the Many: Identity and Difference in A la recherche du temps perdu (Oxford: Legenda, 2012), also investigated related issues, offering a reading of Proust's monumental novel from the perspective of modern and contemporary French and German philosophy. 

Contact me

Email: e.fulop@lancaster.ac.uk

Tel.: 01524 594068 

Office: B069 - Floor B, Bowland North

Professional Role

Director of the MA in Translation

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