Dr Catherine Rodgers
Associate Professor
Modern Languages
Telephone: (01792) 295973
Room: Academic Office - 320
Third Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus

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. 


  1. Rodgers, C. Simone de Beauvoir et son père: un « amour de tête » déçu Nottingham French Studies 58 1 28 43
  2. Rodgers, C. Au commencement était Colette, et elle créa le Capitaine French Studies 73 1 50 66
  3. Rodgers, C. Utilisations contrastées du discours autofictionnel : D’après une histoire vraie de Delphine de Vigan et Place Colette de Nathalie Rheims L'Esprit Créateur 59 3 34 46
  4. Rodgers, C. Écrire la mort, écrire l’amour dansLa Part secrètede Carol Bernstein Modern & Contemporary France 24 3 271 282
  5. Rodgers, C. Da errância ao nomadismo em Duras (Ed.), Olhares sobre Marguerite Duras Regards sur Marguerite Duras 84 91 São Paulo Publisher Brasil

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  • ML-322 From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics

    From the beginning of film-making, directors have been inspired to adapt classic works of literature for the screen. There are a variety of reasons for this, ranging from the commercial to the provocative, the nationalistic to the exploitative. Good film adaptations, however, can enrich our understanding of well-known or canonical literary works in numerous ways. They are also works of art in their own right. This modules examines seven short works of literature (one French play, two Spanish novels, two German novellas, and two selections of Italian tales or short stories) and eight films (two each from French, German, Italian and Spanish). The books were written between the 1350s and 1970s, the films made between 1959 and 1995. All achieved renown in their day and continue to excite debate and stimulate new interpretations. The guiding themes are heritage, religion, prejudice, and passion. Students of Modern Languages are expected to use sources in the languages that they are studying. All texts are available in English translation and all films have English sub-titles.

  • 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.

  • MLF330B French General Language 3B

    This module offers practice and development of skills in translation from English to French and French oral and communication skills. Writing and oral classes will give you practice in the exercises covered by the module, and will be supported by a series of grammar workshops that will reinforce your existing grammatical knowledge as well as introducing new concepts. For this module, the workshops will cover French parts of speech other than verbs and other grammatical structures (interrogatives, negatives and word order).