Professor Martin J Hurcombe

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

  • BS8 1TE

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Research interests

My current research focuses on the history of sport and sports writing (particularly print journalism in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries). I am the co-editor of Sport and the Pursuit of War and Peace from the Nineteenth Century to the Present with Philip Dine. I am currently writing a book provisionally titled French Cycling and Print Journalism: The Making of a Sport Culture which investigates the history of French cycling via its textual representation, particularly in sports journalism, biography and auto-biography. I am also co-investigator on the British Academy-funded project 'Gender Injustice in Action Sports'.

I am also expert in understanding 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. 



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  • Cabot Institute City Futures Research


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