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Dr Rachel Edwards

Principal Lecturer in Language, Culture and Communication

Department: Humanities

Rachel taught for eight years in the School of Modern Languages at the University of Newcastle before moving to Northumbria University.

Her current research interests focus on aspects of language, culture and communication especially in the media and in educational and healthcare settings. 

She welcomes enquiries from students who are interested in developing research projects in these areas.

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BA (Warwick ), MPhil (Warwick), PhD (Exeter) MA in Education (Applied Linguistics) (Open)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

I have carried out research within the fields of literature, film, cultural studies and applied linguistics and my work is often interdisciplinary in nature.

My current interests centre on aspects of language, culture and communication in the media and in educational and healthcare settings. I am particularly interested in the way in which language, discourse and narratives are used in different ‘cultures’ (both large and small) and in how they can both hinder and promote effective communication.

Key Publications


Myth in the Fiction of Michel Tournier and Patrick Grainville (Edwin Mellen, 1999)

Co-author with Keith Reader, The Papin Sisters (OUP, 2001). Korean version published by association with OUP through Eric Yang Agency Seoul (2005).

Chapters and Articles

‘The Construction of Women's Lives Through Narrative Voice in Jonathan Lewis's China: Women of the Country’, Women's Studies, 40:7, (2011), 910-933.

(2012) ‘Jonathan Lewis’s China: A Documentary Record of People, Policy, and Place’, ed. L Hernandez, in China and the West: Encounters with the Other in Culture, Arts, Politics and Everyday Life (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholar, 2012)

‘The Role of Fear and Envy in the Discursive Construction of the Beijing Olympics in British Broadsheets’, Critical Discourse Studies, 10, 3, (2013), 275-297

‘What’s in a Name? Chinese Learners and the Practice of Adopting “English” Names’, in Language, Culture and Curriculum, 19:1 (2006), 1- 14.

'Michel Tournier: Les Suaires de Véronique', in J. E. Flower, ed. Short French Fiction: Essays on the Short Story in France in the Twentieth Century, (Exeter: Exeter University Press, 1998), 89-101. (To be reprinted in the US in 2006 by Gale in Short Story Criticism, vol 88).

'Literature' in Malcolm Cook, ed. French Culture since 1945 (Longman, 1993), 15-55.

'Initiation and Menstruation: Michel Tournier's Amandine ou les deux jardins’, Essays in French Literature, 27 (Nov. 1990), 75 - 90.

'Myth, Allegory and Michel Tournier', Journal of European Studies, 19 (1989), 99 - 121.


Rachel teaches on the BA English Language and MA Applied Linguistics for TESOL programmes.

She has modules in Discourse analysis, Critical Discourse Analysis and Creative Writing for Language Learning. 


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