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Dr. Juliet O'Brien

Lecturer

French, Hispanic & Italian Studies

Faculty of Arts

Research Themes: 

Language, Sustainability and Transnationalism

Juliet O’Brien is of mixed origin and background; she grew up in Belgium, bilingual (trilingual when very small), and is culturally mainly European. She is a thoroughly indoctrinated idealistic internationalist / transnationalist product of the European Schools, and her background has shaped a broader concern with hybridity, migrancy, cosmopolitanism, and tolerance. Juliet has been at UBC since 2009. Before then, she taught at University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin (Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies), and Princeton University. She has also worked in bookselling and freelance web-design and translation. Juliet teaches French language, literature and culture. She works on Medieval and Early Modern literature and culture (mainly in French and Occitan), connections between medieval and post-medieval textualities and hypertextuality, the purpose of reading and its practice in interactive communities, and the integration of teaching and research in learning.

Research Interests

Medieval and Early Modern literature and culture (mainly in French and Occitan), connections between medieval and post-medieval textualities and hypertextuality, the purpose of reading and its practice in interactive communities, and the integration of teaching and research in learning.