Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Nina Parish

Nina Parish

Senior Lecturer in French Studies
Director of StudiesMA Interpreting & Translating MA Translation & Professional Language Skills MA Translation with Business Interpreting (Chinese)

1 West North 4.29
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3250

PhD Supervision

Dr Parish currently co-supervises five PhD students:

  • Chelsea Nolen (with Dr Michaël Abecassis, University of Oxford), who is working on French slam poetry.
  • Nicola Pearson (with Dr Siobhán Shilton, University of Bristol), who is working on postcolonial women's life-narratives in Tunisia
  • Eleanor Rowley (with Dr David Clarke), who is working on the visitor experience in WWI museums
  • Simone Schröder (with Prof Axel Goodbody), who is working on the nature essay
  • Lydia Wooldridge (with Dr David Clarke and Dr Siobhán Shilton, University of Bristol), who is working on transcultural textile art in Germany.

She is happy to supervise PhD students on the following subjects:

  • Twentieth and twenty-first-century French literature and the visual arts and in particular modernism, the avant-gardes, modern and contemporary poetry, digital practice and the artists book.
  • Representing the migrant experience and multilingualism within the museum space.


Dr Nina Parish is an expert on the interaction between text and image in the field of modern and contemporary French Studies. She has published widely on this subject, in particular, on the poet and visual artist, Henri Michaux. From 2013 to 2015, she co-organised with Dr Emma Wagstaff (University of Birmingham) an AHRC-funded international network, whose activities included study days and open-access events on contemporary French poetry and its interdisciplinary connections. More recently she has been working on representations of the migrant experience and multilingualism within the museum space. She is part of the EU-funded H2020 team working on innovative memory practices in sites of trauma including war museums and mass graves (UNREST). This research actively informs the teaching that she carries out within the department.

Dr Parish obtained her PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London, where she also did her undergraduate degree in French and European Studies. Before coming to Bath in 2005, she taught at Royal Holloway, and Goldsmiths College, University of London, was a lectrice and maître de langue at the Université Paris VII and completed postgraduate studies at the Université de Provence.

She sits on Council, Senate and Court and is the university-appointed trustee for the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution.

She is also Conference Officer and trustee for the Society for French Studies.

Research Interests

  • Twentieth and twenty-first-century French literature and the visual arts and in particular modernism, the avant-gardes, modern and contemporary poetry (including digital practice) and the artists book
  • Interdisciplinary studies, with a special emphasis on text and image
  • Representing the migrant experience within the museum space



Parish, N. and Wagstaff, E., 2016. Writing the Real: A Bilingual Anthology of Contemporary French Poetry. Enitharmon Press.

Azerad, H., Kelly, M., Parish, N. L. and Wagstaff, E., 2013. Chantiers du poème:Prémisses et pratiques de la création poétique moderne et contemporaine. Peter Lang. (Modern French Identities; 104)

Parish, N., 2007. Henri Michaux: Experimentation with Signs. Rodopi. (Faux titre)

Book Sections

Parish, N., 2013. Portraits and Neologisms: Understanding the Visual in Henri Michaux's 'Voyage en Grande Garabagne'. In: Harrow, S., ed. The Art of the Text. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, pp. 47-62. (Studies in Visual Culture)

Parish, N., 2013. Poésie et technologie: les transformations numériques de l’espace poétique contemporain. In: Azerad, H., Kelly, M. G., Parish, N. and Wagstaff, E., eds. Chantiers du poème: prémisses et pratiques de la création poétique moderne et contemporaine. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 213-227. (Modern French identities; 104)

Parish, N., 2012. Lire le visuel dans 'Voyage en Grande Garabagne: Une approche interdisciplinaire. In: Campagnoli, R., Lysoe, E. and Soncini, A., eds. 'Voyage en Grande Garabagne' de Henri Michaux. Bologna: Clueb, pp. 7-25.

Parish, N., 2011. Pour faire un livre dadaïste: Dada Experimentation with Book Form. In: Adamowicz, E., Robertson, E. and Rothwell, A., eds. Dada and Beyond. Volume 1: Dada Discourses. Amsterdam: Rodopi. (Avantgarde Critical Studies)

Parish, N., 2009. Henri Michaux: Poète du vingtième siècle? In: Regards sur la poésie du XXe siècle.Vol. 1. Presses universitaires de Namur/Editions namuroises/Editions poiêtês, pp. 373-394.

Parish, N., 2007. L'imaginaire oriental: Les formes et les fonctions des caractères chinois dans l'expérimentation des signes d'Henri Michaux. In: Tilleul, J. L. and Delmotte, M. W., eds. Texte, image, imaginaire. Paris: L'Harmattan, 227--236. (Structures et pouvoirs des imaginaires)

Parish, N., 2004. Henri Michaux: Destruction of the Book Form and Creation of the Book-Object. In: English, A. and Sylvester, R., eds. Reading Images Seeing Words. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 19--36. (Faux titre)


Parish, N. and Wagstaff, E., 2016. Pierre Lecuire:assessing the coexistence of the material and the virtual in his Modernist publishing project. Word and Image, 32 (2), pp. 143-152.

O'Reilly, C. and Parish, N., 2015. Telling migrant stories in museums in Australia:does the community gallery still have a role to play? Museum Management and Curatorship, 30 (4), pp. 296-313.

Parish, N., 2012. From radio to the internet:Italian futurism, new technologies and the persistence of the book. International Yearbook of Futurism Studies, 2 (1), pp. 378-396.

Parish, N., 2012. A textless title: the mythical status of Blaise Cendrars' La Légende de Novgorode. Journal of European Studies, 42 (1), pp. 22-33.

Parish, N., 2008. Between text and image, east and west:Henri Michaux's signs and Christian Dotremont's 'Logogrammes'. Review of Literatures of the European Union, 8, pp. 67-80.

Parish, N., 2008. From book to page to screen:Poetry and new media. Yale French Studies, 114, pp. 51-66.

Parish, N., 2008. Mediating the creative act via word and image. The case of Henri Michaux, a double artist. Letteratura & Arte, 6, pp. 125-133.

Parish, N., 2006. Le corps et le mouvement dans les livres composés de signes d'Henri Michaux. Textyles (Revue des lettres belges de langue française)

Non-academic press

, 2012. Poetic practice and the practice of poetics in French since 1945. French Forum

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