Dr Robert Kenny

Dr Robert KennyUniversity Fellow, French Studies

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Research Summary

Dr Kenny's early research focused mainly on French poetry and drama. He has written extensively on early twentieth-century French poetry, has 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.

More recently, in October 2013 at the London Cinema Museum, he chaired a one-day conference with academic guest speakers on the comic actors Arthur Lucan and Kitty McShane, and in October 2014 he published a critically acclaimed full-length study of their lives and films. He has 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.

He is at present close to completing a major full-length study on travelling theatre companies in France and England in the early eighteenth century.


Recent Publications

The Man Who Was Old Mother Riley - The Lives and Films of Arthur Lucan and Kitty McShane, BearManor Media, October 2014, 428 pp. ISBN-10: 1593937717 ISBN-13: 978-1593937713

‘“O Where is my Sunday Potato?” Politics at the Panto, 1947’ in The Call Boy, the quarterly journal of the British Music Hall Society, Summer 2013.

Single author main entry, ‘France: Culture, Politics and Society, 1895-1939’, in Encyclopaedia of Literary Modernism, ed. Paul Poplawski, Greenwood, 2003, pp. 132-151.

‘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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