Modern Languages

Ian McCall


Primary position:
Senior Lecturer in Modern Languages
Other positions:
Chair of Modern Languages Marketing, Recruitment and Outreach Committee. Employability Officer for Modern Languages


The University of Southampton
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I gained a BA in French and German from Westfield College, University of London, before completing a doctorate in French Literature at Queen Mary and Westfield College. Before coming to Southampton, I worked in France as an assistant and then a lecteur at University of Paris (Paris X). I frequently return to the Haute-Marne département where I have had a second home for many years.

I have been at University of Southampton since 1989. I am now Senior Lecturer in Modern Languages.


The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)


McCall, Ian Douglas (2011) My UniSpace: applying e-mentoring to language learning. Language Learning Journal, 39, (3), 313-328. (doi:10.1080/09571736.2010.538950).
McCall, Ian (2010) Score in French: motivating boys with football at Key Stage 3. Language Learning Journal, 39, (1), 5-18. (doi:10.1080/09571731003692928).
McCall, Ian (2008) 'Merry Christmas Amélie-San: Filmic intertext in Nothomb's Stupeur et tremblements. Nottingham French Studies, 47, (1), 75-88.
McCall, Ian (2005) Proust's A la recherche as Intertext of Makine's Le Testament français. Modern Language Review, 100, (4), 971-984.
McCall, Ian (1999) The portrayal of childhood in Proust's 'Jean Santeuil' and Eliot's 'The Mill on the Floss'. Comparative Literature Studies, 36, (2), 131-145.
McCall, Ian (1997) Proust's Lesbian 'oiseaux fatidiques'. Essays in French Literature, 34, 54-64.
McCall, Ian (1994) Swann dans les bras de Morphée: A Freudian influence on Proust? Neophilologus, 78, (4), 529-536. (doi:10.1007/BF01003505).
McCall, Ian (1988) Proust's 'début du roman': A chronological error with far-reaching implications. Australian Journal of French Studies, 25, (1), 29-41.


Book Section

McCall, Ian (2000) Introducing credit and assessment: attitude and responses among adult learners. In, Huebner, Anke, Ibarz, Toni and Laviosa, Sara (eds.) Assessment and Accreditation for Languages: The Emerging Consensus. London, GB, CILT, 48-59.


Research Interests

Current research projects

I have undertaken substantial research on the French author Marcel Proust which has led to a book and several journal articles. More recently, I have worked  on the more contemporary authors,  Andreï Makine, Amélie Nothomb and Dai Sijie,  with a particular focus on translingualism and intertextuality. I also have a keen interest in translation studies, especially literary and pseudotranslation. My involvement with Routes into Languages has also led to  publications in the field of language learning.

Teaching Responsibilities

My current teaching focuses on contemporary French language and culture. I  teach French language at several  levels and contribute to the Modern French Culture module.  I am responsible for  the Undergraduate Ambassador module in the Faculty and am currently developing new modules in translation studies at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I teach the French to English Translation component of our translation course for Erasmus students and supervise MA dissertations.

Postgraduate supervision

I would welcome any potential applicants interested in any of the following topics:

  • Proust, especially his relationships with contemporary authors
  • Translingual writers in French
  • Translation Studies, especially literary and pseudo-translation
  • Filmic intertexts in French literature

Language learning


Dr Ian McCall
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