Coline Blaizeau

Coline Blaizeau

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College: College of Humanities
Discipline: Modern Languages
Department: French
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Medieval Studies

I am a first year postgraduate research student in medieval French language and literature. My research, supervised by Prof Emma Cayley and Dr Thomas Hinton and fully funded by the Niklaus-Cartwright scholarship, focuses on the language used to express the marvellous in late medieval French romance Perceforest. Abounding with supernatural events which are often described in detail yet almost invariably remain unexplained, the text plays with the said and the unsaid. Through an examination of these poetics of both presence and absence, existence and non-existence, I hope to show how Perceforest questions the boundary between reality and fiction and reflects upon its own nature as a literary object.

Prior to my arrival in Exeter, I completed a Master's degree in French at St Peter's College, University of Oxford, where I graduated with distinction. My dissertation on 'Rupture and Continuity in the Roman de Perceforest: The Lays as Repeated Narratives' provided me with the opportunity to increase my knowledge and understanding of this text, and its findings certainly enrich my present research. My year in Oxford also allowed me to receive essential medieval-related training, notably in codicology and palaeography. My palaeographical contribution to the 'Apocalypse in Oxford' project can be found online, as well as an article offering a brief presentation of my work published by the Bodleian Libraries' The Conveyor. I also hold a Master's degree in English from the University of Paris-Sorbonne IV, a Bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Nantes completed in one year, and a Bachelor's degree in English from the Institut Catholique d'Etudes Supérieures (ICES).

I was an assistant teacher in French for a year at Castletroy College in Limerick, Ireland, where I designed and delivered lessons to senior students in preparation for the Leaving Certificate (A-level equivalent), either individually, in small groups or whole classes. I also have experience as a freelance translator, having delivered 14 projects for a total of 30,500 words.

I am currently involved in the creation and development of an academic journal for modern languages in Exeter, of which I am the co-editor.

I am also active on Twitter @Coline_Blaizeau.