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Rebecca Infield

My PhD research (supervised by Professor Pierre-Philippe Fraiture and Dr Jessica Wardhaugh) focuses on theatre censorship during the time of decolonisation in both Francophone and Anglophone contexts. I am using archival materials and interview to examine the reactions of censors, audiences and playwrights to decolonisation and how it was depicted in theatres during the 1950s and 1960s.

Before coming to Warwick I worked at the Institut français in London where I helped organise the 2015 South Ken Kids Festival (a bilingual children's literature festival) and also worked on the online platform Culturetheque. I undertook an Erasmus Mundus Crossways in Cultural Narratives Masters programme which was run by the European Union, during which I studied at the University of Sheffield, Université de Perpignan and the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. In between my BA and my MA I worked as a lectrice at the Université de Poitiers. I completed my BA in French and English Literature at the University of Reading which included a year abroad at Université Lyon II. In September 2019 I was lectrice d'anglais at the Université de Nanterre, Paris 10 and I have since taught French at the Universities of Lancaster and Nottingham.

Research Interests

Theatre Censorship

Freedom of Expression

French Theatre post 1950

British Theatre post 1950

Decolonisation/End of Empire

Postcolonial studies

Contemporary French Culture with a particular emphasis on Religion and Laïcité

Jews and Colonialism

Conference Papers

‘Theatre Censorship and Ethical Literary Criticism’ - Interdisciplinary Studies of Ethical Literary Criticism, Zhejiang University [online], (May 2021).

‘Writing in French as Resistance: The Case of Kateb Yacine’ – Modern Languages Outreach Event (MLOE), University of Warwick [online], (February 2021).

‘Michel Vinaver, ‘soft’ theatre censorship and the Algerian War of Independence.’ – Society of French Studies Annual Conference, Royal Holloway, University of London (July 2019)

'Michel Vinaver, Myth and Censorship' - Between Myth and Memory: Contemporary Politics and Performance of History, University of Surrey (April 2019)

‘Adbl Malik and Laïcité’ – Prince’s Institute conference for Modern Language A level teachers, Merchant Taylor’s Hall, London (July 2018)

‘Krapp's Last Tape: Translation, Adaptation, Revision’ - Performing Beckett, IMLR, University of London (October 2017)

‘Hocine Bouzaher or Bouhazer? Theatre Censorship and Collective Memory’ - Rupture, Repression and Repetition, University of Leeds (September 2017)

'The Impact of Algeria: Revision and Adaptation in Jean-Paul Sartre's Les Séquestrés d'Altona' - Transnational Memory, Translation and Adaptation conference, University of Cardiff (May 2017)


“Perpetuating the Colonial Mindset: Theatre Censorship and Decolonisation in France and Britain.” In The Palgrave Handbook of Theatre Censorship, ed. by Anne Etienne and Graham Saunders (Palgrave, 2021), forthcoming.

11 septembre 2001/11th September 2001: The Legacy of Colonial-era Censorship.” In Theatre Censorship in Contemporary Europe, ed. by Anne Etienne and Chris Megson (Exeter University Press, 2021), forthcoming.

[With Rebekah Vince] “Jewish Culture in 21st Century France” in The Routledge Handbook to French Politics and Culture (Routledge, 2019) forthcoming

[with Mary Jane Dempsey] “Unveiling Hidden Discourses: 1968 Fifty Years Later.” French Studies Bulletin, Volume 39, Issue 148, 1 December 2018, Pages 50–54.

Teaching & Responsibilties at Warwick

Grammar and Translation - first year undergraduate class (2018 - 2019)

Translation into English - second year undergraduate class (terms 2&3 2017, all year 2017 - 18)

Story of Modern France - first year undergraduate class (2017 -2018 and 2018 - 2019)

Co-organiser of session on 'Francophone Algerian women's writing' for Warwick undergraduates (February 2018)

SMLC PG SSLC Chair (2017 - 2018)

SMLC PG SSLC Secretary (2016 - 2017)

Founder Warwick PEN (2017 - Present)


BCLA Postgraduate Research Travel Bursary, 2017.

HRC Doctoral Award 2017 - A grant from Warwick's HRC to organise a conference on 1968: 50 years later, in 2018.

Doctoral Fellowship in French Studies, University of Warwick, 2016-2019

Welson Undergraduate Prize, University of Reading, 2012

Distinction in French Language Skills, University of Reading 2012.


Society for Theatre Research (executive committee 2021 - )

Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (executive committee 2018 - 2019). In November 2018 I co-organised the annual SFPS conference entitled 'Orientalism and the Francophone Postcolonial World: Legacies of Edward W. Said' with Antonia Wimbush.

Society of French Studies

European Association for the Study of Theatre and Performance

British Comparative Literature Association

Rebecca Infield