Professor David Platten

Professor David Platten

Professor of French

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Summary: 20th and 21st century French literature, especially crime fiction; popular culture and film; aesthetics


David Platten was an undergraduate and postgraduate at Liverpool University, where in 1994 he was awarded a doctorate in French literature. Since 1989 he has lectured in French at Leeds University, where he teaches modern and contemporary French literature and cultural studies. He was Head of Department from 2005 to 2008. He is currently serving as Pro-Dean for Student Education in the Faculty of Arts.

David's published work reflects a wide range of interests in the sphere of modern and contemporary French fiction and film. His monograph, The Pleasures of Crime: Reading Modern French Crime Fiction, which challenges the dichotomy between the polar and the literary mainstream, was published by Rodopi in 2011. Other single-authored books include Michel Tournier and the Metaphor of Fiction (Liverpool University Press, 1999) and Philippe Djian (University of Glasgow French and German Publications, 1995). Publications in the pipeline include a chapter on popular French cinema in Constructing the Popular in Contemporary French Culture, ed. Diana Holmes and David Looseley (Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2011/12) and a journal article on interactions between politics, the media and contemporary crime fiction. David is currently looking at constructions of literary value and at cultural representations of sport. He is an active member of two research groups: the Leeds-based Popular Cultures Research Network and the Limoges-based Littératures Populaires et Cultures Médiatiques.

In his spare time he plays football and strums a mean guitar.