Dr Barbara Lebrun

Senior Lecturer

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I am a Senior Lecturer in French Cultural Studies, at the University of Manchester since 2002. While my teaching specialism broadly covers contemporary French culture, history and politics (with forays into the 19th century and the colonial period), my research is more narrowly focused on popular music in France since the 1960s. Across both my teaching and research, I am interested in the cultural representation of ethnicity, gender, generation and other ‘identities’, and in issues of prestige and taste. My two monographs, Protest Music in France (2009) and Dalida. Mythe et Mémoire (2020) both examine French popular music from the complementary perspectives of ‘alternative’ and ‘mainstream’ culture, production and reception, performance and music genre, whiteness and exoticism. Tout commence par des chansons


  • PhD (The University of Southampton, 2003)
  • PGCE (Homerton College, Cambridge, 1998)
  • MA in French as Foreign Language (Université d'Aix-en-Provence, 1998)
  • MA in English Studies (Université de Rouen, 1997)

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French Studies Programme External Examiner, The University of Sheffield

Sep 2016 → …

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