Jonathan Mark Ervine

Jonathan Mark Ervine
Bangor University · School of Modern Languages

BA, MA, PhD

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Introduction
My research focuses on French popular culture and debates about identity and belonging in France. I am the author of two books; Humour in Contemporary France: Controversy, Consensus and Contradictions (LIverpool University Press, 2019) and Cinema and the Republic: Filming on the Margins in Contemporary France (University of Wales Press, 2013). I have also published articles on videogames in France as well as debates about French national identity in sport, music and comedy.
Additional affiliations
September 2007 - August 2020
Bangor University
Position
  • Senior Lecturer

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Publications (52)
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Over the last few years, humour has provided many Muslims with a means of seeking to establish a positive sense of self-identity, as well as a means of challenging misconceptions and fears of Islam in a wide variety of countries on both sides of the Atlantic. This article brings together two interviews with performers who use comedy to engage with...
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Focusing on the French national football team during the period 1998–2013, this article will trace the evolution of political and media discourses about sport and society in France. It will analyse how the team, and its relationship to France’s banlieues and French society as a whole, has been perceived by journalists, politicians, public intellect...
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This article analyses the success of Kamini's single Marly-Gomont in 2006, and especially the role of web sites such as YouTube in his rise to fame. His rapid rise to fame occurred largely thanks to a video of him rapping about being from the only black family in rural Picardie appearing on the web. This article argues that new media technology cre...
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0BAbstract Drawing on a wide range of Francophone and Anglophone writing by critics such as Bazin (1995), Boucher (1998), Huq (2006) and Mitchell (2001), this article explores how the music of the multi-ethnic French band Zebda examines issues of citizenship and belonging in suburban France. It focuses on local, national and transnational identitie...
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This chapter will explore the significance of the Jamel Comedy Club, a Canal Plus television show broadcast since 2006 that has had a major impact on stand-up comedy in France. The programme helped to boost the profile of aspiring stand-up comedians in France at a time when television channels were seeking to feature more members of visible minorit...
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This article will discuss questions of identity, belonging and cultural visibility in French stand-up comedy by focusing on comedians of East Asian descent. It will primarily study the Franco-Cambodian comedian and actor Frédéric Chau and the paradoxes of his career. Chau sought to distance himself from Chinese culture when growing up, yet his come...
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The cycling world hour record for riders over 105 years old set in 2017 by Robert Marchand was much discussed in France in a context of neoliberal discourses about work and retirement. Within a debate about work characterized by desires to encourage “active aging,” Marchand’s sporting athletic effort was variously perceived as exemplary hard work a...
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Article discusses Netflix's 2020 documentary film about the French footballer Nicolas Anelka, arguing that it provides a somewhat skewed picture of his career.
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Dr Jonathan Ervine of Bangor University has written highly acclaimed books about French film and French comedy. He is also a stalwart member of The Football Collective and is a keen observer of football culture in France. In this podcast he talks about the origins of professional football in France and Paris, the perennial Parisian underdogs Red St...
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Appearance on Football Collective's '10 x 10' series of podcasts about sports writing. I was interviewed by Paddy Hoey about Philippe Auclair's biography of French footballer Eric Cantona. Available online at: https://soundcloud.com/thefootballcollective/10-x-10-jonathan-ervine-on-philippe-auclairs-cantona
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After the terror attack on the Paris office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7 2015 left 12 people dead, many declared “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”) in solidarity. But behind the understandable emotion that accompanied such declarations lay a more complicated reality. Many reactions to the attack were more conservative than first...
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Book review of Cathal Kilcline's 'Sport and Society in Global France: Nations, Migrations, Corporations', Irish Journal of French Studies, volume 19, 2019, pp. 207-209.
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Book review of Steven Ungar's Critical Mass: Social Documentary in France from the Silent Era to the New Wave (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, Studies in Modern French History, 2018). Published in Irish Journal of French Studies, Volume 19, 2019, pp. 210-213
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Blog post for Digital Modern Languages about videogames in a French and Francophone context. Available online at: https://digitalmodernlanguages.wordpress.com/2019/12/06/why-videogames-need-to-be-taken-seriously-jonathan-ervine/
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This timely study sheds new light on debates about humour and identity in France, and is the first book about humour and identity in France to be published in either English or French that analyses both debates about Charlie Hebdo and standup comedy. It examines humour, freedom of expression, and social cohesion in France during a crucial time in F...
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Interview (in French) with Anthony Alyce from the French football business website Ecofoot.fr in which I discuss the ways in which football teams are seeking to boost their profiles via eSports (competitiive videogaming). For a summer of the key points in English, please see the following thread on my Twitter account (@j_ervine): https://twitter....
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France’s major role in shaping the history of international football – both via the performances of its national teams and its role in organizing the sport – is mirrored by its importance within the development of videogames. However, videogames – like sport – remain an understudied aspect of French culture with French studies. This article explore...
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Interview with Jon Mackenzie on 'The Football Media Podcast' where I discuss French football, football media in France, academic research on football, and e-sports. Available online at: https://audioboom.com/posts/7186579-the-football-media-podcast-episode-twenty-two-academia-french-football-and-esports
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It has been announced that the organisers of the Paris 2024 Olympics want to include breakdancing as one of the events. I argue that they're right to do so and that Paris is the ideal place for an Olympic Games featuring breakdancing. Article originally appeared in 'The Conversation' at the following web address: https://theconversation.com/why-pa...
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Book review of Robert W. Lewis's 'The Stadium Century: Sport, Spectatorship and Mass Society in Modern France' Irish Journal of French Studies, Volume 18, 2018, pp. 229-231
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In episode 7 of the Football Collective Podcast (5 October 2018), Joshua Dean interviews me about French football and the victory of 'Les Bleus' in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Available online at: https://soundcloud.com/thefootballcollective/the-football-collective-podcast-episode-7-jonathan-ervine
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Anthony Alyce interviews me about how French politicians have sought to exploit football, and in particular discusses the 2018 World Cup. Published on the website Ecofoot.fr on 2 October 2018. Summary of key points in English available in following twitter thread: https://twitter.com/j_ervine/status/1047576504329297920
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This chapter analyses both the way in which football is presented in videogames and the ever more important influence that football videogames have on the sport. It focuses on football culture in the UK and France, and examines debates about the relationship between football and videogames that have taken place on both sides of the Channel. The UK...
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The victory of a diverse French football team in this year’s World Cup created many parallels with Les Bleus’ previous success in 1998. Didier Deschamps was at the centre of both triumphs having captained the team in 1998 and managed them in 2018. In many ways, it was a case of plus ça change, plus ça reste la même chose. Just as in 1998, the Fren...
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English fans increasingly talked about the prospect of "football coming home" due to their team's progress at the 2018 Football World Cup in Russia. However, France also had reason to claim that football was about to come home due to its role in football history.
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Several decades on from Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s iconic Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, sociologists such as Douglas Hartmann and Ben Carrington argue that contemporary debates about sport, race, and protest are becoming ever more complicated. Within this context, the quenelle salute given by footballer Nicolas Anelka...
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This is a review of Joseph Chowanietz's book 'Bombs, Bullets and Politicians: France’s Response to Terrorism' that was published in the journal French Studies.
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Several decades on from Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s iconic Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, sociologists such as Douglas Hartmann and Ben Carrington argue that contemporary debates about sport, race, and protest are becoming ever more complicated. Within this context, the quenelle salute given by footballer Nicolas Anelka...
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Cet article analysera ce que l’humour et ses rapports avec l’Islam peuvent nous apprendre sur les représentations médiatiques des Arabes en France. On se concentrera sur les sketches humoristiques du site-web À part ça tout va bien – qui a pour slogan « qui a dit que les musulmans n’avaient pas d’humour » – que l’on comparera aux spectacles du trio...
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Review of Andrew Hussey's 2014 book 'The French intifada: the long war between France and its Arabs', appeared in the journal 'Intelligence and National Security'.
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Post from own research blog about French and British politicians' attitudes to football. Published 21 August 2014.
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Blog post about race, racism and identity in French football. Written on own research blog in June 2014 during the Football World Cup in Brazil.
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It has long been the case that sports video games have sought to replicate competitive sport as closely as possible. However, I will argue that we are now seeing a transition from video games replicating sport to a situation whereby the sport of football seems ever more influenced by the world of video games. I will demonstrate that video games hav...
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By analysing debates in the mainstream and sporting press in France and the UK, this paper will examine differing perspectives on the relationship between football videogames and the sport as it is played on pitches by teams of humans. It will interrogate sociologist Pierre Bourdieu’s distinction between ‘football as practice’ and ‘football as spec...
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Review of Mahfoud Amara's book Sport, Politics and the Arab World (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
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Book review of 'Discours et sémiotisation de l'espace. Les représentations de la banlieue et de sa jeunesse' by Beatrice Turpin
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Cet article analysera ce que l’humour et ses rapports avec l’Islam peuvent nous apprendre sur les représentations médiatiques des arabes en France. On se concentrera sur les sketches humoristiques du site-web À part ça tout va bien – qui a pour slogan « qui a dit que les musulmans n’avaient pas d’humour » – que l’on comparera aux spectacles du trio...
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This special issue deals with a range of sporting activities and discourses and discusses structural evolutions in media - specifically how these evolutions have influenced the development of sports as practice and spectacle. Moreover, these articles consider how different forms of media have contributed to the construction of identities of sportsw...
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Book review of Nadia Kiwan and Ulrike Hanna Meinhof's 'Cultural Globalization and Music: African Artists in Transnational Networks'
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This is a book review of Lindsay Sarah Krassnoff's 'The Making of Les Bleus: Sport in France, 1958-2010'
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French Minority Cinema, Cristina Johnston (2010) Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 206pp., ISBN 978-9042031104 (pbk.), £36. Reviewed by Jonathan Ervine, Bangor University This book sets out to examine contemporary banlieue cinema (which deals with suburban housing estates) and gay cinema in France in relation to debates over minority identities frame...
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This article will analyse how cinema can be used to challenge dominant representations of war by comparing two French coordinated portmanteau films, and examine the role of the film-makers as public intellectuals in France. Its starting point will be Chris Marker's Loin du Vietnam (Far From Vietnam, 1967), which was primarily about America's war in...
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Based on interview with Mogniss Abdallah, founder of IM’Média (French press agency specialising in issues concerning immigration and urban culture).
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This chapter will illustrate film as a medium that, when used effectively, can analyze and criticize war in a manner that reacts against dominant discourses that are the product of mass media coverage or the overly simplistic representations of traditional war films. The prime focus will be on comparing and analyzing the Vietnam War and the ongoing...
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Analysis of discourses about race, identity and social cohesion following France's victory in the 1998 Football World Cup.

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This project examines what humour tell us about questions of race and identity in France. It examines debates about issues such as how minority groups use humour, the limits of humour, and French attitudes to different forms of comedy. It pays particular attention to stand-up comedy, debates about Charlie Hebdo, and how Muslims in France use humour.