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Professor Martin J Hurcombe

B.A. (Hons.), Ph.D.(Bristol), PGCE

  • BS8 1TE

19982020

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Research interests

I am principally interested in the relationship between representations of conflict and politics in early twentieth-century France. I am the author of Novelists in Conflict: Ideology and the Absurd in the French Combat Novel of the Great War and France and the Spanish Civil War: Cultural Representations of the War next Door, 1936-1945. With Martyn Cornick and Angela Kershaw, I have recently written French Political Travel Writing in the Inter-War Years: Radical Departures. I am also interested in the relationship between political commitment and utopianism and the memory of the First World War in twentieth-century French culture. I am one of the editors of the Journal of War and Culture Studies. In addition to this, I also have an interest in French crime fiction, particularly the novels of Sébastien Japrisot. My current project investigates the history of French cycling via its textual representation, particularly in sports journalism, biography and auto-biography. 

 

My teaching interests are French literature, culture, and history of the early twentieth century. I also teach general history and literature courses in Year 1 and final-year language. I am unit convenor for two final-year units: War Stories, which studies the depiction of war in the twentieth-century French novel and cinema, and Political Cultures of Early Twentieth-Century France, which examines a variety of phenomena (from nationalism to sport via feminism and existentialism) that reflect the battle for France from 1900 to 1949. In the 2nd year I co-convene France in Ferment, which studies the social and political history of France from 1870 to 1940. I also teach courses on war and culture at postgraduate level and  regularly supervise postgraduate dissertations and theses. 

I would particularly welcome research students working on late 19th and 20th-century cultural representations of conflict and/or political engagement and cultural politics in France.

My students can consult me in my office at the following time during term times and without an appointment: Thursday 10-11.50am.

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  • Cabot Institute City Futures Research

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Projects

Research Output

Hammer and Cycle: Communism's Cycling Counterculture in Interwar France

Hurcombe, M. J., 5 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : French Politics, Culture & Society.

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    The War Generation and Generation Wars: French Veterans and the Association des Écrivains Combattants, 1919–1945

    Hurcombe, M., 3 Apr 2019, In : Journal of War and Culture Studies. 12, 2, p. 121-138 18 p.

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    Activities

    • 6 Participation in conference
    • 4 Public talk, debate, discussion
    • 1 Invited talk
    • 1 Festival, exhibition, performance

    International Society for Cultural History

    Martin J Hurcombe (Participant)

    26 Jun 201729 Jun 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    International Society for Cultural History

    Martin J Hurcombe (Organiser)

    25 Jun 201727 Jun 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    ASMCF Annual Conference 2017

    Martin J Hurcombe (Speaker)

    8 Sep 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Supervised Work

    Forming the modern mind : a reappraisal of the French combat novel of World War One.

    Author: Hurcombe, M. J., 2000

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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