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Dr Vivienne Orchard PhD, MA

Lecturer in French

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Dr Vivenne Orchard is a Lecturer in French in Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton.


Vivienne Orchard studied French and Spanish at the University of Oxford, and has an MA in European Languages, Literature and Thought and a PhD in French from the University of London, both supported by British Academy studentship grants.

Before being appointed as a Lecturer in French at the University of Southampton, she worked as a lectrice at the University of Paris XIII and as a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham.

Research interests

My research interests centre on Francophone film and writing, with some comparative research.  My research activities and publications fall across three main areas:

  • Disability Studies and Cultural Representation
  • Film and literature of migration and displacement
  • Knowledge production and critical theory of disciplines

I have published and presented work on theories of national and cultural identity; cosmopolitan literature; the work of Jacques Derrida; the Anglophone reception of French philosophy and poststructuralist theory; cultural representation of autism in film and life-writing. I have had papers accepted by, and presented work at, international conferences in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland and Finland, supported by research grants from the British Academy and the University of Southampton.

  • South West and Wales AHRC Doctoral Training Centre Subject Lead for MLL
  • Programme Leader for ML and Combined Honours UG Degrees
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Book Chapter

  • Orchard, V. (2013). Derrida. In A. Kuper (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Science Routledge.


  • FREN2008 Post-War French Thought 
  • FREN3034 Travel Writing, Culture Contact, Identity in Post-War France
  • LANG1004 Reading Culture
  • LANG6022 Approaches to Languages and Cultures
  • LANG6023 Nation, Culture, Power
  • LANG6028 Narrative, Place, Identity
Dr Vivienne Orchard
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