Patrick Crowley (Ireland)

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 – First Class). He pursued his studies in France where in 1997 he successfully completed a Diplôme d'études approfondies en science des religions et analyses des phénomènes interculturels at the Université de Lille (Mention Très Bien avec les félicitations du Jury). In 2001, he obtained his PhD in French from the University of London having worked under the supervision of Professor Michael Sheringham who is the current Marshal Foch Chair of French Literature at the University of Oxford. Patrick Crowley joined the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at University College Cork in 1999.

His particular areas of research are modern and contemporary French and Francophone postcolonial studies. Within these areas he offers a range of modules on areas including literature relating to France and Algeria, and Francophone diasporas. He has recently completed two co-edited volumes: Mediterranean Travels: Self and Other from the Ancient World to Contemporary Society and Postcolonial Poetics: Genre and Form. Both of these volumes examine the relationship between intercultural phenomena and literary form. Over the last ten years he has taught on négritude literature and thought (mainly Aimé Césaire, Léopold Senghor, Joseph Zobel and Franz Fanon) and on related literatures and movements (principally through the works of Édouard Glissant and Patrick Chamoiseau but also through the works of Ousmane Sembène). He has been Knighted in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques. He is currently the General Editor of the Irish Journal of French Studies.

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