Rebecca Elton


I commenced my PhD in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies in 2018 funded by an LCS Studentship Award for Excellence. My thesis explores depictions of masculinity in French and English children's literature, focusing particularly on the issues of power and violence in the WW2 and post WW2 context, especially in relation to the trauma experienced by men during this period. It examines portrayals of masculinity in a time of significant change for men in Britain and France.

I previously completed my BA in French and English at the University of Hull, receiving first class honours and a distinction in oral French. From the beginning of my BA studies, I have taken an interest in both languages and literature. Comparative literary studies combine these two interests. I also completed my MA by Thesis in Modern Languages at the University of Hull. My thesis explored the internationally-renowned A Song of Ice and Fire series (1996-present) by George R.R. Martin, better known as Game of Thrones and a French series that influenced it, named Les Rois maudits (1955-77) by Maurice Druon.

My research interests relate predominantly to comparative literature, 20th and 21st century Francophone and Anglophone literature, genre, popular culture, and gender.



Research interests

I have a wide range of research interests, relating to:

  • 20th and 21st century literature
  • Comparative literature (Francophone and Anglophone)
  • Genre (particularly speculative fiction and children's literature)
  • Gender and feminism (power, patriarchy, violence, femininity and masculinity, motherhood)


  • MA by Thesis Modern Languages (University of Hull)
  • BA French and English (University of Hull)

Research groups and institutes

  • French
  • Cultural studies
  • Gender
  • Literary studies
  • Popular Culture Research Network
  • Centre for World Literatures