Martin Hurcombe is Reader in French Studies at the University of Bristol, UK. His principal research interest lies in the representation of war and the political culture of early twentieth-century France. More specifically, he is interested in issues of political commitment and the memory of the First World War in twentieth-century French literary and visual culture. He is the author of Novelists in Conflict: Ideology and the Absurd in the French Combat Novel of the Great War (Rodopi 2004) and of France and the Spanish Civil War: Representing the War next Door, 1936-1945 (Ashgate: 2011). He has also published on the fiction of Frencn crime writers Sébastien Japrisot and Didier Daeninckx among others.
He is a member of the executive committee of the Group for War and Culture Studies (GWACS), based at the Universities of Bristol and Westminster, and one of the editors of the Journal of War and Culture Studies. His main teaching interests are French literature, culture, and history of the early twentieth century.