Dr Armelle Blin-Rolland

Lecturer in French

Contact info

Email: a.blin-rolland@bangor.ac.uk

Location: room 417, 3rd floor, New Arts building

Contact Info

Email: a.blin-rolland@bangor.ac.uk

Location: room 417, 3rd floor, New Arts building


Dr Armelle Blin-Rolland joined Bangor University as Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies in 2014. Before then, she was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Bath, and a Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Leicester. She holds a PhD in French and Francophone Studies from Bangor University (2011), an MA in European Languages and Cultures from Bangor University (2007), and a BA in German from the Universite de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest (2005). 

Dr Armelle Blin-Rolland's research specialisms include: French and Francophone ecocriticism and environmental humanities, with a focus on environmental violence, resistance and justice; Modern Languages in the Environmental Humanities; text/image and bande dessinée studies; adaptation and intermediality; and Breton Francophone comic art from postcolonial and ecofeminist perspectives. She has published articles on these areas in journals including European Comic Art, Modern Languages Open, Modern and Contemporary France, Studies in Comics and Studies in French Cinema. She is the author of Adapted Voices: Transpositions of Céline’s ‘Voyage au bout de la nuit’ and Queneau’s ‘Zazie dans le métro’ (Oxford: Legenda, 2015). She has co-edited a special issue of European Comic Art on ‘Comics & Adaptation’ (stemming from a conference she co-organised at the University Leicester), and a special issue of Studies in Comics on ‘Comics & Nation’ (also stemming from a conference she co-organised, at Bangor University). She is review co-editor for European Comic Art

Her current research project is entitled 'Narratives of a More-than-human France, 1945 to Today: Space, Environment, Resistance' and is funded by a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant. It investigates the relationship between narrative, space and the environment in France since 1945, with a focus on ‘hyper-sites’ of environmental violence and injustice (nuclear sites, factory farms, industrial slaughterhouses, zoos, toxic landscapes). It aims to analyse the cultural narratives and spatial dynamics that have shaped relationships to the nonhuman in contemporary France, and modes of resistance against anthropocentric, gendered, (neo-)colonial, nationalistic and capitalist divisions of space. The corpus comprises a range of media, as well as scientific writings, direct action, political discourse and material sites. The project develops an ecopolitics of space from the perspectives of multispecies, decolonial, feminist and disabled ecologies, in exposing and contesting environmentally unjust narratives and their fast and slow impacts on bodies and territories, and promoting modes of understanding and sharing territory as more-than-human. Beyond the French context, this leads to a consideration of the role of Modern Languages in the Environmental Humanities, in terms of differences, resonances and (un)translatability in environmental concepts across cultures, and the discipline’s part in collective action towards meaningful sustainability. As part of this project, she has co-organised an International Online Conference on 'Greening Modern Languages Research and Teaching' in March 2023, leading to the creation of a website that features a multilingual lexicon of environmental terms across cultures and pedagogical resources for fostering ecological awareness in the world language classroom (see https://www.ecomodlang.com/); and an online seminar series entitled ‘Récits des vivants / More-than-human Narratives’ (February-July 2023), during which artists and activists discussed ways in which their work explores environmental and animal issues (click here for more details). Recordings are available to view on the series' YouTube channel.


Dr Armelle Blin-Rolland's current administrative responsibilities are: Head of French and Francophone Studies; Senior Tutor for the School of Arts, Culture and Language; School representative on Bangor University's Senate.

Teaching and Supervision

Undergraduate teaching

LXE-2025: Reading Fantastic Literatures (2nd year)

LXF-2101: Paris - Centres and Margins

LXE-3011: Languages and Ecologies (Final year)

LXF-3112: Bande dessinee & adaptation (Final year)

LCF/LZF-1002: Advanced French 2 (1st year)

LCF/LZF-2020 & 2040: French language skills (2nd year)

LCF/LZF-3020, 3030 & 3040: French language skills (Final year)


Postgraduate teaching:

LXM-4035: French Film & Comic Adaptation

LXM-4001: Modes of Critical Theory (team-taught)

LXM-4002: Research Methods (team-taught)

LXM-4031: Critical Theory in Practice (team-taught)


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