Gabor Gelleri

Dr, PhD in French Literature, ELTE, Budapest, 2005 PhD in French History, EHESS, Paris, 2009 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2016


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I am the Admissions and Marketing tutor of the Department of Modern Languages

Research interests

  • I am a scholar of cultures of travel and mobility in the French-speaking world, with further interests in translation and the history of journalism
  • My first monograph, "Philosophies du voyage: visiter l'Angleterre aux 17e-18e siècles" was published in 2016 by the Voltaire Foundation (Oxford). I have published papers, mostly on matters relating to travel in early modern France, in Nottingham French Studies, Compar(a)ison, Seventeenth-Century French Studies and La Lecture littéraire, as well as in a series of conference volumes.
  • My second monograph, : "Lessons of Travel in 18th-Century France: From Grand Tour to School Trips", was published in spring 2020 with Boydell and Brewer for the British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studes)
  •  I co-edited a volume with Dr Rachel Willie (Liverpool John Moores), 'Travel and Conflict in the Early Modern World' (Routledge).
  • I am currently exploring, through a case study of 1924, the intersection between travel, tourism, colonialism and questions of gender. In 2021, I received a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant for my study of 'travellee reactions' to colonial travel.


I am a specialist of French culture, literature and history, specializing in cultures of travel. I hold a PhD in History from the Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (2009), and a PhD in French from ELTE University Budapest (2005), as well as an MA in Cultural Anthropology. I have not yet decided whether I am a historian, a literary scholar or maybe a specialist of historical anthropology, and must admit I am happy to live in uncertainty on this point.

Additional information

I am on the editorial board of the travel writing studies online journal ‘Viatica’.


I teach a variety of modules in the department. I teach literary, cultural and historical content modules on Fantastic Literature, Humour, Self-Writing and and a research skills module on Travel and Literature. I share with colleagues in French the first year module Introduction to French Studies. I teach the French component of Language and European Identity. My language teaching covers translation and grammar at all levels.

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