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.