Dr Dominic Glynn

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Dr Dominic Glynn
BA (Warwick), MA (London), DPhil (Oxon)
Lecturer in French Studies
Institute of Modern Languages Research
Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
020 7862 8872
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Language and Literature (French), Literatures in a modern language
Summary of research interests and expertise:

I joined the IMLR in 2015, having previously worked in professional theatre and academia in France. Rather unsurprisingly perhaps, my main area of scholarship expertise is therefore in contemporary French theatre. My book, (Re)telling Old Stories,honed in on two productions by directors Peter Brook and Ariane Mnouchkine. Through specific analysis of their work, I outlined general characteristics of the theatrical field in the eighties and nineties.

My next research project engages with the cross-disciplinary question of what it means to be a writer by studying contemporary French theatre. It evaluates the standing of those that defined themselves as ‘authors’, ‘playwrights’ and ‘writers’ in relation to the rest of the field during the period 1989 – 2015.

Prior to my doctoral studies at Oxford, I trained as a director in London, and my first degree was in English literature. I am therefore interested in building bridges between different fields of enquiry and specialisms. I consider scholarship and artistic practice as complementary, and am keen to set up collaborative projects across the fault line. I am also very happy to hear from colleagues and research students working in different areas of French studies.

Key Interests: French Theatre (Writing, Directorial Practices, Institutions); Contemporary French and Francophone Literature; Restoration Drama (Adaptations of French plays on the English Stage); Expatriation and Artistic Production; Rituals and Performance; Myths and Mythology;

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
01-Jun-2017 Glynn, D, ‘The Shipwreck of Literature: All at Sea with Olivier Cadiot’, Journal of Romance Studies (17.1), pp. 37-51

Journal articles

27-Jan-2017 Glynn, D, ‘Uncovering a Classic: Ariane Mnouchkine’s Les Atrides’, George Rodosthenous (ed), Contemporary Adaptations of Greek Tragedy: Auteurship and Directorial Visions (London: Bloomsbury Methuen), pp. 213-26


01-Dec-2016 Glynn, D, ‘A European Director on the French Stage: Remembering Luc Bondy’, Contemporary Theatre Review (26.3), pp. 403-4

Journal articles

01-Dec-2016 Glynn, D, ‘Oulipo and WW2: Conference Report’, Journal of Romance Studies (16.3), pp. 124-5

Journal articles

01-Dec-2016 2016 Glynn, D, ‘A Classic Problem: The State of French Theatre’, Journal of Romance Studies (16.3), pp. 126-31

Journal articles

01-Jul-2016 Glynn, D, ‘Reading Across the Channel; The French Literature Reading Group at the Institut français’, Journal of Romance Studies (16.2), pp. 112-5

Journal articles

01-Jul-2016 Glynn, D, ‘Shakespeare in French: Conference Report’, Journal of Romance Studies (16.2), p. 117


01-Dec-2015 Glynn, D, ‘Reloading the Canon: Ariane Mnouchkine’s Les Atrides’, New Zealand Journal of French Studies (36.1-2), pp. 7-18

Journal articles

01-Sep-2015 Lignes de fuite


01-Jul-2015 Glynn, D, ‘Intertextuality and / in Cadiot’, French Studies Bulletin 36 (136), pp. 47-9

Journal articles

30-Apr-2015 (Re)telling Old Stories: Peter Brook's Mahabharata and Ariane Mnouchkine's Les Atrides


01-Mar-2015 Glynn, D, ‘Macbeth. Directed by Ariane Mnouchkine’, Theatre Journal (67.1), pp.115-7


01-Jan-2014 Glynn, D, ‘Opposing Forces: Distance and Proximity in Peter Brook’s Mahabharata’, Irish Journal of French Studies (14), pp. 119-36

Journal articles

04-Oct-2008 Glynn, D, ‘Ariane Mnouchkine (review)’ in French Studies (62.4), p. 496


04-Oct-2008 Glynn, D, ‘La Mise en scène contemporaine (review)’ in French Studies (62.4), p. 510


01-Jul-2008 Glynn, D, ‘Fragments of the Everyday: Les Ephémères at the Théâtre du Soleil’, Contemporary Theatre Review (18.3), pp. 406-8


Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

AHRC Research Network Literature under Constraint

Littérature et démocratie

Performing Beckett/ Jouer Beckett

Relevant Events

Related events:

Date Details
19-May-2017 (Un)translatable and (Un)performable

 Trinity College Dublin (May 19, 20)

22-Mar-2017 Jouer Beckett

22-Feb-2017 'Translating Constraints'

Language Resource Centre, Kings College London

10-Dec-2016 'The Reception of Shakespeare in France'

A Great Feast of Languages, British Centre for Literary Translation, (December 10,11)

05-Dec-2016 French @IMLR

French Studies Librarians Group, Senate House Library 

17-Sep-2016 ‘Attempts on his Life: Perec’s Early Works’

L'Oulipo et la Seconde Guerre mondiale, Institute of Modern Languages Research (September 16, 17)

16-Sep-2016 L'Oulipo et la Seconde Guerre mondiale

 Institute of Modern Languages Research (September 16,17)

20-Jul-2016 ‘Theatrical Translation’

 Poetry House Seminar, University of Roehampton

16-Jun-2016 'Plural Dramaturgies'

Paris Symposium, Barnard Center for Translation Studies, Reid Hall, Paris (June 16, 17)

13-Jun-2016 ‘A Magus on Stage: Olivier Cadiot’s Novels Adapted to the Theatre’

International Federation for Theatre Research Conference, Stockholm (June 13, 14, 15)

09-Jun-2016 Shakespeare in French

 Senate House Library, Institute of Modern Languages Research (June 9)

Other editing/publishing activities:

Date Details
Journal of Romance Studies

 Co-General editor (with Catherine Davies) since issue 16.1

Consultancy & Media
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