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Dr Edmund Birch

Subject French
Fellow type Lecturers, Professors and College Officers
Year started 2016


Edmund Birch is Fellow in French at Churchill. He teaches French literature, with a focus on the nineteenth century, and is Director of Studies in Modern Languages for first and second-year students. His research explores a number of areas including the novel, the history of journalism, nineteenth-century politics and popular culture, and his work draws on a range of authors, in particular, Balzac, the brothers Goncourt and Maupassant. He is the author of Fictions of the Press in Nineteenth-Century France (2018) and co-editor of Literature and the Press in France, a special number of the journal Dix-Neuf (2017). His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the Modern Language Review, Nineteenth-Century French Studies and Romanic Review, and he has reviewed for several publications, most recently the Revue d’histoire littéraire de la France. He is currently writing a book about Alexandre Dumas père.

College positions

2016 — present

Director of Studies — Parts 1A and 1B