Dr Robert Kenny

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University Fellow in French Studies

Dr Robert Kenny

Department: Modern Languages

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2620 (School of Arts office)

Email: rvk2@le.ac.uk

Address: School of Arts, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH

Personal details


My early research focused mainly on French poetry and drama. I have written extensively on early twentieth-century French poetry, published articles on Molière and the importance of music in the comédies-ballets, and also on aspects of the early eighteenth-century Parisian Théâtre de la Foire.

In October 2013 at the London Cinema Museum, I chaired a one-day conference with academic guest speakers on the comic actors Arthur Lucan and Kitty McShane, and in October 2014 published a critically acclaimed full-length study of their lives and films. I have contributed extensive notes for a boxed set of restored comedy films for Renown Films (October 2015) and also given filmed interviews for Renown Films TV Channel.

At present I am close to completing a major full-length study on travelling theatre companies in France and England in the early eighteenth century.

I have recently been awarded a grant from The Society for Theatre Research to acknowledge the significance of my research into François Moylin and to provide clerical assistance with the index and editing of my study of itinerant French theatrical companies in England and France in the early eighteenth century, which will be published by Edwin Mellen Press.


The Man Who Was Old Mother Riley

  • The Man Who Was Old Mother Riley - The Lives and Films of Arthur Lucan and Kitty McShane (BearManor Media, 2014)
  • ‘“O Where is my Sunday Potato?” Politics at the Panto, 1947’ in The Call Boy (Summer 2013)
  • Single author main entry, ‘France: Culture, Politics and Society, 1895-1939’, in Paul Poplawski (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Literary Modernism (Greenwood, 2003): 132-51
  • ‘The Edifying Spectacle; Images of Le Sauvage and La Nouvelle France in the theatre world of early eighteenth-century France’ in Focus on Quebec 2: further essays on Québecois Society and Culture (Edinburgh 2000)

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