After a secondary and undergraduate education in France – Baccalauréat in Maths and Physics, Lycée Louis-le-Grand in Paris, and HEC (the highest-ranking French Business school) – and a short spell in industry, I completed a doctorate on Marguerite Duras and Doris Lessing with the help of grants from the University of East Anglia and the British Academy. I joined the French department in Swansea in 1989, and teach on a range of courses from first-year to MA, covering French Language, Literature, Culture, and Business French, as well as advanced translation.

My research focuses on modern and contemporary French women writing. In 1997, I co-founded the Société Internationale Marguerite Duras and co-edited its Bulletin for 20 years; I am now an Honorary Vice-president. In 2014, I co-organised a colloquium, at the prestigious French venue Cerisy, on ‘Marguerite Duras: Passages, Croisements, Rencontres’; the proceedings are due to be published in 2018 in Classiques Garnier.

Throughout my academic career, I have published on authors such as Carol Bernstein, Paule Constant, Anne-Marie Garat, Camille Laurens, Amélie Nothomb, Nathalie Rheims, and have specialised in Marguerite Duras, Marie Darrieussecq and Simone de Beauvoir.

My current research is concerned with the way in which Simone de Beauvoir and Colette have portrayed their relationship with their father, and I am co-editing a volume ofarticles exploring Marguerite Duras’s literary lineage.

I offer PhD supervision in the following areas: contemporary French women writing, French feminist theories, Marguerite Duras and Simone de Beauvoir, autofictional writings. 

Publications

  1. Écrire la mort, écrire l’amour dansLa Part secrètede Carol Bernstein. Modern & Contemporary France 24(3), 271-282.
  2. Da errância ao nomadismo em Duras. In Maurício Ayer, Maria Cristina Vianna Kuntz (Ed.), Olhares sobre Marguerite Duras Regards sur Marguerite Duras. (pp. 84-91). São Paulo: Publisher Brasil.
  3. (in press). 4 dictionary entries. Paris: Champion.
  4. (in press). Entretien de Catherine Rodgers avec Yann Andréa . (La Revue des Lettres modernes). France: Garnier.
  5. Les peurs de Marguerite Duras. In Bernard Alazet (Ed.), La Revue des Lettres modernes. (pp. 195-207). Paris: Garnier.

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Teaching

  • ML-227 War and Conflict in European Film (Modern Languages route)

    War and Conflict in European Film provides a detailed overview of the history of war and conflict in Europe from the early twentieth century to the present day as it is represented and expressed on film. Beginning with the origins of film-art fused with political expression, the module proceeds through the analysis of film movements and representative films to engage with and analyse the development of war and conflict in Europe as it is represented and expressed in relation to film narrative, aesthetics and genre. Encompassing both World Wars, the rise and fall of Communism, the often violent end of European colonialism, and the `oil wars¿ of recent decades, this module is of vital interest to all those with an interest in the history of Europe, the nature of war and conflict, and the response of film, the art form of the twentieth century, to these events and themes.

  • ML-320 Modern Languages Dissertation Preparation

    This module introduces you to the practice of research and dissertation writing in the field of Modern Languages and will guide you in the first part of your dissertation preparation. Areas covered include: selecting a relevant topic, asking relevant research questions, preparing and writing up a literature review, preparing and writing up a research proposal, research methods and library research tools, making use of foreign-language sources, structuring your dissertation, analysis and argumentation, compiling a bibliography. In addition to lectures and seminars, you will have three meetings with your supervisor. By the end of the module you will have developed your dissertation topic, know what methodology you will use and have acquired knowledge of how to organise and lay out your dissertation. Assessment for the module consists of a literature review, a research proposal and a presentation.

  • ML-321 Modern Languages Dissertation

    This module provides students with the opportunity to research one aspect of French, German, Italian or Hispanic culture in detail, and to present the findings of their research in a dissertation of 8000 words. The module will be taught by means of four practical seminars on research and writing skills, and through three formal supervision sessions with a dissertation supervisor. Your supervisor will help you to find a topic, suggest research strategies, agree a suitable title, discuss the structure of your dissertation, and will read closely and comment on one draft chapter. The topic may relate to a module you are doing at Level 3, provided that this does not involve a duplication of material and is agreed with the module coordinator in advance. The dissertations may be written in English, in your target language, or in Welsh (where Welsh-medium provision is available).

  • ML-M25 Gender in Contemporary European Culture

    This module provides an introduction to the representation of gender in contemporary European culture through in-depth analysis of groundbreaking, sometimes controversial, novels, plays and films. It pays close attention to the nexus of gender and sexuality, ethnicity, work, the media, history, scandal, desire and politics. All texts will be read in translation.

  • MLF100B Introduction to French Culture (B)

    This module provides an insight into some of the key cultural movements and historical events which have shaped contemporary France, from the nineteen century to the present. The module examines the evolutions of the French Republic by introducing students to a wide variety of cultural forms, including a film, paintings, a novella, a short horror story and a novel. The module investigates defining historical periods and issues such as nineteenth-century France, the Second World War and the contemporary consequences of France's colonial past. The module provides students with the skills and foundation knowledge which they need to pursue further cultural and historical modules in French in more detail.

  • MLF100BW Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrangeg (B)

    Mae¿r modiwl hwn yn cynnig cipolwg ar rai o brif symudiadau diwylliannol a digwyddiadau hanesyddol allweddol sydd wedi ffurfio¿r Ffrainc gyfoes, o ddiwedd y ddeunawfed ganrif i¿r presennol. O dan thema eang Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, bydd y modiwl yn archwilio datblygiad y Weriniaeth Ffrengig trwy astudio ffurfiau diwylliannol amrywiol, gan gynnwys ffilm, lluniau, stori arswyd fer a nofel fer. Mae¿r modiwl yn canolbwyntio ar gyfnodau a materion hanesyddol diffiniol fel Chwyldro 1789, Ffrainc y bedwaredd ganrif ar bymtheg, yr Ail Ryfel Byd a syniadau ffeministaidd a dirfodol o¿r ugeinfed ganrif. Mae¿r modiwl yn darparu y sgiliau a gwybodaeth sylfaenol angenrheidiol er mwyn i fyfyrwyr allu dilyn modiwlau diwylliannol a hanesyddol Ffrengig eraill mewn mwy o fanylder.

  • MLF220 Paris

    The capital city of France is renowned as the capital of the nineteenth century, the arts and modernity. This module will introduce you to the unique cultural environment of Paris, and you will analyse its evolution from the nineteenth century to the present day. The main focus of the module will be the images of the city as mediated in fiction, art and iconography, architecture, music and film. The module explores the changing urban environment in Paris and its adjacent suburbs, from Baron Haussmann's controversial infrastructure projects in the nineteenth century, to the post-war construction of the HLM in the banlieues, to the twentieth-first century. The module will also examine the reputation of Paris as the capital of romance and its contemporary status as a multicultural metropolis.

  • MLF260A French Language 2A

    This module builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in the first year of study, and will equip students with the skills needed to use French in more complex concrete and abstract social and professional environments. This module aims at building on the skills and knowledge acquired in the first year of study, and will equip students with the skills needed to use French in more complex concrete and abstract social and professional environments appropriate to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It concentrates on developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken French, so that the student can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. It also aims at establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and debate (explaining a viewpoint, giving independent advantages and disadvantages of various options) about topical issues related to contemporary French society and culture. Moreover, the module aims to enhance students¿ employability by systematically developing a personal professional career planning portfolio, providing a sound insight into the world of work. Classes will be conducted mainly in French. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module.

  • MLF260AW Iaith Ffrangeg 2A

    Mae¿r modiwl hwn yn adeiladu ar y sgiliau a'r wybodaeth a enillwyd yn y flwyddyn gyntaf o astudio, a bydd yn galluogi myfyrwyr i feithrin y sgiliau sy'n angenrheidiol i ddefnyddio Ffrangeg mewn amgylchiadau cymdeithasol a phroffesiynol, diriaethol a haniaethol cymhlethach, yn briodol i lefel B2 y Fframwaith Cyfeirio Ewropeaidd Cyffredin ar gyfer Ieithoedd. Mae'n canolbwyntio ar ddatblygu rhuglder a chywirdeb wrth ysgrifennu a siarad Ffrangeg, i alluogi'r myfyriwr i ryngweithio mewn modd eithaf rhugl a naturiol â siaradwyr brodorol, heb straen ar y naill ochr na'r llall. Bydd hefyd yn ceisio sefydlu dealltwriaeth ramadegol gadarn o'r iaith ac ymestyn geirfa'r myfyrwyr i'w galluogi i ysgrifennu, dehongli a thrafod (esbonio safbwynt, gan gyflwyno manteision ac anfanteision annibynnol opsiynau amrywiol) materion cyfoes sy'n berthnasol i gymdeithas a diwylliant Ffrengig cyfoes. Yn ogystal â hyn, bydd y modiwl yn ceisio gwella cyflogadwyedd myfyrwyr drwy ddatblygu portffolio cynllunio gyrfa personol yn systematig, gan ddarparu dealltwriaeth gadarn o fyd gwaith. Cynhelir y dosbarthiadau yn Ffrangeg yn bennaf. Mae fersiwn cyfrwng Saesneg o'r modiwl hwn ar gael hefyd, sef MLF260A. This module builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in the first year of study, and will equip students with the skills needed to use French in more complex concrete and abstract social and professional environments. This module aims at building on the skills and knowledge acquired in the first year of study, and will equip students with the skills needed to use Spanish in more complex concrete and abstract social and professional environments appropriate to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It concentrates on developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken French, so that the student can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. It also aims at establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and debate (explaining a viewpoint, giving independent advantages and disadvantages of various options) about topical issues related to contemporary French society and culture. Moreover, the module aims to enhance students¿ employability by systematically developing a personal professional career planning portfolio, providing a sound insight into the world of work. Classes will be conducted mainly in French. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module.

  • MLF260B French Language 2B

    This module builds on and consolidates the skills and knowledge acquired in MLF260A by concentrating on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken French appropriate to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It specifically aims at preparing the students for their Year Abroad and/or extend intercultural awareness, widening students¿ vocabulary to read, write and do presentations about topics related to France. The module also aims to enhance students¿ employability, by training them to do a successful presentation using appropriate IT applications. Classes will be conducted mainly in French. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module.

  • MLF260BW Iaith Ffrangeg 2B

    Mae¿r modiwl hwn yn adeiladu ar y sgiliau a'r wybodaeth a ddatblygwyd yn MLF260AW a'u atgyfnerthu drwy ganolbwyntio ar ddatblygu rhuglder wrth ysgrifennu a siarad Ffrangeg ymhellach yn unol â lefel B2 y Fframwaith Cyfeirio Ewropeaidd Cyffredin ar gyfer Ieithoedd. Ei nodau penodol yw paratoi'r myfyrwyr ar gyfer eu blwyddyn dramor a/neu gynyddu ymwybyddiaeth ryngddiwylliannol, ehangu geirfa'r myfyrwyr i'w galluogi i ddarllen, ysgrifennu a gwneud cyflwyniadau am bynciau sy'n ymwneud â Ffrainc. Bydd y modiwl hefyd yn ceisio gwella cyflogadwyedd myfyrwyr drwy eu hyfforddi i wneud cyflwyniad llwyddiannus gan ddefnyddio adnoddau TG priodol. Cynhelir y dosbarthiadau yn Ffrangeg yn bennaf. Mae fersiwn cyfrwng Saesneg o'r modiwl hwn ar gael hefyd, sef MLF260B. This module builds on and consolidates the skills and knowledge acquired in MLF260A by concentrating on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken French appropriate to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It specifically aims at preparing the students for their Year Abroad and/or extend intercultural awareness, widening students¿ vocabulary to read, write and do presentations about topics related to France. The module also aims to enhance students¿ employability, by training them to do a successful presentation using appropriate IT applications. Classes will be conducted mainly in French. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module.

  • MLF307A Love, Lust and the Meaning of Life: A Theme in French Literature

    This module examines key works of French literature from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Although all very different, each one centres on a profound examination of the human condition and takes human sexuality as a key (although not always exclusive) focus for study. The module should enhance your knowledge of French literature in general, as well as giving you a more detailed knowledge of the particular works under study. It should improve your reading and comprehension skills in French and your abilities in analysis and organization of material, as well as providing you with the skills to offer close readings of key texts from different eras and to engage critically with the concept of literary evolution via the study of the course's central themes.