Dr Brian Sudlow

Lecturer of French with Translation Studies / Director of Undergraduate Programmes

Brian Sudlow

I arrived at Aston in 2011 and teach on the French Studies and Translation Studies programmes. Before Aston I worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Teaching Fellow and then Lecturer in French at the University of Reading, 2003-2011 with the exception of 2006-7 which I spent teaching undergraduate and postgraduate English courses at the Université Lumière Lyon II in France. Before entering academia I taught secondary French in schools in London and Lincolnshire and I worked as a freelance translator. I studied modern languages at the University of Huddersfield and music at the University of Huddersfield and the Royal Northern College of Music. 

  • BA (Hons), PGCE
  • MA Res (Nottingham)
  • Maitrise FLE (Paris V)
  • PhD (Reading)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

Undergraduate Modules

  • LF3009 French Technology: Inventing Progress and Disaster
  • LI3202 Advanced Translation French

Postgraduate Modules

  • LIM005 Practical Translation (French-English)
  • LIM010 Specialised (LSP) Translation Project
  • LRM003 Dissertation


Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Other Publications

  • 2014 — ‘Rethinking the Modernity of Bernanos: A Girardian Perspective’ in French Catholic Thought in the 1930s, eds. Toby Garfitt and Katherine Davies (Fordham, 2014)
  • 2014 — ‘René Girard’s Apocalypse’, Poetics Today (forthcoming)
  • 2013 — ‘The Non-Violence of Love: A Hildebrand-Girard Encounter’, Quaestiones disputatae: Selected Papers on the Philosophy of Dietrich Von Hildebrand, ed. John-Henry Crosby,
  • 2012 — ‘Agamben, Girard and the Life that Does Not Live’ in Intensities: Philosophy, Religion and the Affirmation of Life, eds. S. Shakespeare and K. S. Moody  (Ashgate, 2012), 39-52.
  • 2011 — ‘A Room with a View: Window Images and “Open Immanence” in the writings of Adolphe Retté and G. K. Chesterton, Literature and Theology, 2011, 1-15, doi:10.1093/lithe/frr026.
  • 2011 — ‘The Untameable Provence of Charles Maurras’, Nottingham French Studies: L’Invention du Midi, ed. Nicholas Hewitt and Tina Woloshyn, 50, 1 (Spring 2011), 19-30.
  • 2010 — ‘Restaurer ou se révolter? La renaissance des lettres catholiques dans le contexte de la modernité’, Résistances à la modernité dans la littérature française de 1800 à nos jours, ed. by Christophe Ippolito (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2010), 229-244.
  • 2010 — ‘Régis Debray and René Girard: At Large among the Dialogical Dilemmas of Post-Secular Society’, French Studies Bulletin, 31, 114 (2010), 13-15. 








  • 2014 TBC, ‘Charles Péguy: Another Kind of Politics’, Thomas More Institute Seminar in Conscience, Values and Belief in Public Life.
  • 2013-2016 External Examiner for BSc and MSc programmes with certificate in European Studies, University in Nottingham.
  • ‘Retté, Chesterton and Open Immanence’, Modernism and Christianity Seminar Series, University of Bergen, Norway, October 2011.
  • ‘Girardian Patterns in the short stories of Georges Bernanos’ Desire, Deceit and The Novel Colloquium, St John's College, Cambridge, May 2011.
  • ‘L'irréalisme du pays réel: Girardian mythe and the montée aux extrêmes in the late works of Georges Bernanos’, Catholic Intellectuals in France in the Mid-Twentieth Century, Magdalen College, Oxford ,March 2011
  • 'Parallels between the French and English Catholic Literary Revivals'. Table Ronde: A Divine Entente Cordiale, College des Bernadins, Paris, October 2009
  • Guest-lecturer at the Seton Hall University Summer School at Oxford in 2009 and 2011.
  • Interview on Radio Notre Dame in Paris, 'Emission: Le Grande Temoin', 15th October 2009
  • 2008 External Examiner for students of BSc Engineering with French at the University of Bath.
  • The Squared Horizon: the Frames and Trajectories of Paul Virilio
  • Charles Péguy Centenary Colloquium
  • David Jones: Christian Modernist?
  • Motherhood in post-1968 European Women's Writing: cross-cultural and interdisciplinary dialogues
  • Progress, change and development
  • Apocalypse, Christianity and Literature Conference
  • ASMCF Annual Conference 2012
  • Jacques Ellul
  • Society of French Studies Conference

My first book Catholic Literature and Secularisation in France and England 1880-1914 (MUP, 2011) undertook to reshape literary or cultural taxonomies hitherto based on confessional labels which marginalize or exoticize Catholic literature in France and England.

In a series of articles and book chapters, I have also drawn theoretical concepts from the writings of René Girard to problematise the themes of French Catholic literature in ways that explore its attempts to speak to the individual and societal ramifications of secularization.

Another strand of my research concerns the French Far Right and the morphology of nationalism and national identities. I am the editor of National Identities in France which was published by Transaction Publishers in December 2011.

My current book project focuses on so-called technological pessimists in France, 1930-1960, including Georges Duhamel, Georges Bernanos, Gabriel Marcel, Jacques Ellul and others. Using a theoretical framework based on the writings of Paul Virilio, I argue that far from consigning these writers to history as obscure Luddites, we should see in them an anticipation of Virilio’s theory of the technological accident which foregrounds the disasters and accidents that all technologies can be subject to.

Room: NX09
Phone: 0121 204 3134
Email:  b.sudlow@aston.ac.uk