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Dr Malcolm Pollard

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Dr Malcolm Pollard

BA (Sussex) PhD (Bristol) FCIL FHEA

Head of Linguistics and Modern Languages


I joined the University after having completed my first degree in French and European Studies at the University of Sussex and my PhD at Bristol University. During my undergraduate studies I spent time in Paris as a Languages Assistant, working on a project to introduce languages to primary school children. Having gained a First Class degree at Sussex University, I returned to Paris for a period teaching at the Sorbonne University and then completed a PhD in the French Department at Bristol on the writer Philippe Sollers.

I started at Huddersfield as a Lecturer in French and am currently Head of Linguistics & Modern Languages. During that time I have overseen the introduction of new courses and languages, including Chinese, Arabic, British Sign Language and Professional English for non-native speakers.

Research and Scholarship

My current research interests are in the areas of contemporary French social and cultural issues. At present I am looking into the ways in which French cultural policy and cultural diplomacy are elaborated in international contexts.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Pollard, M (2006) ‘The Use-value of Georges Bataille: Philippe Sollers and the Act of Writing’. In: The Beast at Heaven's Gate: Georges Bataille and the Art of Transgression. Amsterdam: Rodopi. pp. 127-142. ISBN 978-90-420-2013-9


Pollard, M (2000) ‘The Châteauvallon Affair: culture and political conflict’ Contemporary Politics , 6 (4), pp. 319-329. ISSN 13569775


Pollard, M (1999) ‘The fiction of Mitterrand and cultural policy: politics and its discontents’ French Cultural Studies , 10 (28), pp. 21-37. ISSN 1740-2352

Pollard, M (1999) ‘La fete a Venise’. In: De tel quel a l'infini: l'avant-garde et apres?. Nantes, France: Pleins Feux. pp. 191-206. ISBN 9782912567611


Pollard, M (1998) ‘Philippe Sollers: contract and counter contract’ Parallax , 4 (1), pp. 35-46. ISSN 1353-4645


Pollard, M (1994) The novels of Phillipe Sollers: narrative and the visual . Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi. ISBN 9789051837070


  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists
  • Editorial Board member of The Linguist
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research degree supervision

I am interested in receiving proposals to supervise research students in areas of French social, cultural, political or literary studies since 1945.

I am particularly interested in cultural and literary developments since the 1950s, cultural identity and diversity, popular culture. The following are suggestions of research topics rather than an exhaustive list:

  • French cultural policy
  • Cultural diplomacy
  • Regional diversity in contemporary France
  • Popular culture since the 1980s
  • Avant-garde movements in late twentieth-century France
  • Politics of the Fifth Republic
  • Popular perceptions of politics and politicians
  • The French media
  • France and globalization
  • French and ‘le business’
  • France : representations and stereotypes
  • The extreme Right
  • France and the UK: the best of enemies?

Enterprise activities

Languages for All


I have overall responsibility for Linguistics & Modern Languages

Teaching and Professional Activities

My current teaching centres on French in Context modules, in which students develop their language skills whilst acquiring an understanding of a range of contemporary social and cultural themes. I also supervise students taking the Project modules, liaising and supporting them as they carry out research on their chosen topic.