French Language and Literature Staff

Emeritus Professor Jean-Louis Cornille


Office: Beattie 207
Telephone: +27 (0)21 650 2898

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Research interests: 19th – 20th century French literature.

Dr Ruth de Oliveira 

French (Section Head)


Office: Beattie 205
Telephone: +27 (0)21 650 3060

Senior Lecturer (French), Research interests: didactics of French as a foreign and second language; French linguistics.

Emeritus Associate Professor Vanessa Everson


Office: Beattie 206
Telephone: +27 (0)21 650 2900

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Associate Professor (French). Research interests: Women writers from the Maghreb (1990 onwards); translation; modern language methodology. On study and research leave from 1 July to 31 December 2014.

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Dr Annabelle Marie


Office: Beattie 219
Telephone: +27 (0)21 650 3058

Lecturer (French). Research interests: didactics of foreign language and analysis of French literature, especially from the Caribbean and French-speaking Africa.

Adjunct Associate Professor David Culpin (French Section)


Office: Beattie Room 220
Telephone: +27 (0)21 650 2895

David Culpin specializes in the literature of ideas and the history of the book in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and is also interested in the reception of early-modern French texts in anglophone colonial contexts.

Ms Karin Schmid

MA TFFL University of Cape Town


Office: Beattie Room 220
Telephone: +27 (0)21 650 2937

Research  interests: Didactics, French for Special Purposes and Intercultural Language Teaching


Associate Professor Markus Arnold


Office: Beattie Room 207

Telephone: +27 (0)21 650 2898

Research Interests: 20th-21st century Francophone literature, Postcolonial theory, graphic novel (bande dessinée), film

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