Dr Danielle Bishop

Dr Danielle Bishop

Associate Head of School for Teaching, Learning and Quality

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

I am Senior Lecturer in French and have taught Spanish at beginner level for a number of years. I coordinate Modern Languages at the University and am additionally the Associate Head of Teaching and Learning, Plymouth Business School. In the past I served as South West Coordinator for Routes into Languages.


Graduated from University of Cardiff, Wales with a

first class B.A joint hons degree in French and Spanish

Subsequently awarded a Ph.D from the University of Cardiff, Wales entitled 'Zola's women: the power of the powerless'

1989-92 Part-time lecturing at the University of Cardiff

1992 -2015 Lecturer in French and Spanish (ab-initio-GCSE level), at the University of Plymouth

2016 - 2020 Associate Professor (Senior) Lecturer in Modern Languages

2016 Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional membership

The Emile Zola Society (London).

The Society for French Studies.

The Aizen - Association Internationale de Recherches Multidisciplinaires et d’Etudes Comparées: Emile Zola et son Temps (Canada).

Roles on external bodies

External Examiner in French, University of Reading 2015-2019.

Teaching interests

French language from beginner to degree level.

Spanish language from beginner to GCSE level.

French culture:

immigration and racism





Staff serving as external examiners

University of Reading (2015-2019) External Examiner in French 

Research interests

Aspects of nineteenth century French society, in particular:

  • the history of nineteenth century costume and fabrics 
  • the role and growth of the department store
  • growing old / old-age in latter-day nineteenth century France
  • the role of women in nineteenth century society and their depiction in literature of the period

The novels of Emile Zola, in particular:

  • the representation of women in Les Rougon-Macquart
  • flower poetics 






Other research

Advertising, in particular the portrayal of men and women over the past twenty years in la publicité française.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students




'To Burn but not be Burnt: The Corset in Zola's Novels' in Excavatio, vol.xv (2001).

'The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery as a Destabilising Force in Le Rêve' in Excavatio vol.xviii (2002).

'Jewellery in the Rougon-Macquart: A Glittering Revelation' and 'Zola's women : A chink in the armour' in

L'écriture du féminin chez Zola et dans la fiction naturaliste (Bern: Peter Lang, 2003).

'Au Bonheur des dames: A novel of Construction, Constructors and the Constructed' in Excavatio, vol. xxiii (2008).

'Au Bonheur des Dames and the contemporary literary tourist: an inspirational journey through Zola's Paris to the C21st built environment' in Mansfield, C and Seligman, S, Narrative and the Built Heritage - Papers in Tourism Research (Saarbrücken: VDM, 2011).

'La vieillesse menaçante: Female Ageing in Latterday Nineteenth-Century French Society' in As Time Goes By, Portraits of Age, eds. Charnley, J and Verdier, C (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.)

‘Depths and shallows, ripples and troughs. Thérèse Raquin and the river’ in River Tourism: The Pedagogy and Practice of Place Writing, Zoe Roberts (ed.). (Plymouth, TKT, 2015).