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Angela O'Flaherty
Lecturer in French



I joined the department of Language and Linguistic Science in 2012, having previously taught as a French language teacher and French Studies lecturer in a number of other British universities. I have considerable experience in teaching students from all years and from a variety of different programmes. My particular area of expertise is women's writing of the Second World War and Holocaust. In 2009, I completed my doctoral thesis entitled 'Feminine Practices of Writing War in works by Charlotte Delbo, Marguerite Duras and Anna Langfus'. This research informs my teaching of issues surrounding memory in contemporary French society on the undergraduate programme.

I am interested in the promotion of language learning in secondary schools and was the project co-ordinator for the University of York's Routes into Languages activities for 2013-16.


  • 2020: Winner of Vice Chancellor's teaching award 
  • 2017: Highly commended for YUSU Excellence awards: Most Inspiring 
  • 2015: Winner of YUSU Excellence awards: Teacher of the year 
  • Shortlisted and longlisted for various YUSU Excellence awards in 2016, 2018, 2019 & 2020


  • 2011-2012: Teaching Associate in French and Francophone Studies, University of Nottingham
  • 2010-2011: Teaching Associate in French, University of Newcastle
  • 2009-2010: Lecturer in French, University of Strathclyde
  • 2006-2009: Part-time lecturer in French, University College Cork, NUI


  • 2009: PhD in French, University College Cork, NUI, Ireland,
  • 2004: Masters in International Organisations, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po), France   
  • 2002: BA Hons European Studies and French, University College Cork, NUI, Ireland   

Departmental roles

  • Admissions tutor



  •  French Languages and Cultures: Advanced
  • Understanding post-1968 France through cinema
  • Myths, memories & the legacy of the French Occupation (1940-44)

External activities

Invited talks and conferences

  • 2020: & Shaw,R. From pre-assessment consumption to ongoing active engagement: Student-created content and peer review using the Panopto recorder, Learning and Teaching conference, University of York
  • 2019: Languages are the wonders of the world, Family fringe afternoon: Festival of ideas, University of York. 
  • 2018: Impossible pasts and imaginary futures: What would we sound like today if the Conquest never happened? Family fringe afternoon: Festival of ideas, University of York. 
  • 2018: O’Flaherty, A. & Devlin, S. Reflections on Linc-ing Independent and Collaborative Learning in a First Year French Project, UK LINGUA – Multilingual Language Learning and Teaching Colloquium, Durham University.
  • 2018: O’Flaherty, A. LINC-ing academia to the realities of work: Independence, collaboration and professionalism in a first year French project, Professional Competencies in Language Learning and Teaching’, Nottingham University.
  • 2011: 'Ou la mort, ou le livre: Inappropriate Death and Haunted Writing', CLAS Research Seminar, Nottingham University.  
  • 2011: 'The Mater Dolorosa in Selected Examples of Women's Writing of the Second World War: Marguerite Duras and Anna Langfus', War and Gender Conference, Newcastle University.  
  • 2011: 'Anna Langfus’s Holocaust Writing: Testimony, Fiction and the Reader', SML Research Seminars, Newcastle University.  
  • 2009: 'The Traumatised (National) Community in Anna Langfus's Les Bagages De Sable (1962)', Framing Narratives Conference, Leeds.  
  • 2009: 'Oeuvre Lazaréenne: Anna Langfus's Holocaust Writing 1960-65', Concentrationary Memories: The Politics of Representation 1945-1985, University of Leeds.  
  • 2008: 'Survival, Shame and the Individual in the Holocaust novels of Anna Langfus', SFS (Society of French Studies) Conference, Liverpool. 
  • 2006: 'Charlotte Delbo et sa quête de la vérité dans la trilogie, Auschwitz et Après', ADEFFI (Association des Études Françaises et Francophones d’Irlande) Conference, Paris.  

Contact details

Angela O'Flaherty
Lecturer in French
Department of Language and Linguistic Science
Vanbrugh College C Block
Room : V/C/205


Selected publications

  • 'The Traumatised (National) Community in Anna Langfus's Les Bagages De Sable (1962)' in Framing Narratives of the Second World War and Occupation in France: New Readings, edited by Prof. M. Atack and Prof. C. Lloyd (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012), pp158-166.  
  • 'La Résistance Féminine: An Analysis of the Representation of Women in Selected Wartime Texts by Edith Thomas and Elsa Triolet' in French and Francophone Women facing war/Les femmes face à la Guerre, edited by Alison Fell, (Bern: Peter Lang, Modern French Identities 67, 2009), pp. 141-157.