Fellow and Organising Tutor in French
Curator Senior Common Room
Senior Member of the Pater Society - the Brasenose College society for the Arts (named after Walter Pater, a Classicist and Fellow of the College)


BA, MA (Grenoble Alpes, UGA), Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (UGA), MA (Oxon.), PhD (UGA)

Academic Background and Previous Positions

Lecturer at Brasenose College since 1999; Lecturer in French and Comparative Literature at Warwick University (2000-2003); Lecturer in English at Montpellier University (1995-1996) and Junior Research Fellow (Monitrice d'Enseignement Supérieur) in Comparative Literature at Grenoble University (1992-1995).

Visiting Professor at Vilnius University, Lithuania, September 2019.

Undergraduate Teaching Areas

XIXth-XXIth Century literature in French (which includes literature from North Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean).

I also teach XVIIIth Century female writers.Language: French prose and grammar. 

I welcome applications from excellent students, whoever they are and wherever they come from!

My passion for my subject is well illustrated in many of my letters to The Times.

Graduate Teaching Areas

D. Phil.: Modern Literature (French/English or American) and Phenomenology; modern and contemporary French poetry; literature and music (I am currently working on Jeremy Thurlow’s musical adaptations of texts by Virginia Woolf and English and French poets); literature and ethics; comparative literature (particularly with respect to the work of Virginia Woolf).

Co-convenor of the Oxford M. St. Paper, The Power of Literature: Language, Perception and World-Making in Modern and Post-Modern French Poetry.

Research Interests

(Post-)modernism and phenomenology; reception studies; comparative studies; modern & contemporary French poetry; literature & ethics; literature and music; life writing.

Work in Progress

I have a peripheral interest in the life and work of Charles Langbridge Morgan - The Times drama critic and alumnus of Brasenose College, which led to a lecture at the Oxford & Cambridge Club on 1st April 2014. See The Brazen Nose, (Volume 44, 2009-10, p. 120-7) for a snippet of Morgan’s art.

Main publications

L'Univers imaginaire de Virginia Woolf, Paris, Editions du Temps, 2001. Preface by Jean Guiguet and postface by Gilbert Durand. Read a review of this book from the Virginia Woolf Bulletin no. 10 May 2002

Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond, edited with Ariane Mildenberg (preface by Kevin Hart), Oxford, Peter Lang, 2010. It includes my chapter, ‘Figures of Immanence/Imminence: "Enigma Variations" in Michel Deguy's works'.

Please see reviews of this book appearing in Tijdschrift_voor_Filosofies, Modernist_Cultures, Years_Work_in_English_Studies, vol 92, no.1 and Modern_Fiction_Studies_vol_58,1

Introductions to Charles Morgan's Three Plays and Dramatic Critic. Selected Reviews 1922-39.

Read a review of Three Plays and Dramatic Critic from the Times Literary Supplement

Main publications on Virginia Woolf include:

- ‘The French Reception of Woolf: An État Présent of Etudes Woolfiennes’, in M-A. Caws & Nicola Luckhurst (eds.), The Reception of Virginia Woolf in Europe, London, Continuum, 2002.
- ‘The Ekstasis of Influence: Virginia Woolf’s Mediterranean Experience’, in Bryony Randall & J. Goldman (eds), Virginia Woolf in Context, CUP, 2013.
- ‘“The Journey is everything’: Virginia Woolf’s Continental Adventure”, in Ariane Mildenberg & Patricia Novillo-Corvalan (eds), Virginia Woolf, Europe and Peace, Clemson University Press [28th Annual International Conference, Kent University, June 2018]. 2020.

In addition, I have published numerous articles/chapters/reviews on a variety of topics and authors: Shakespeare, Walter Scott, Katherine Mansfield, Arthur Miller, Paul Auster, Angela Carter & Colette, Lady Anne Blunt, Paul Valéry, Michel Deguy, Yves Bonnefoy, Emmanuel Merle, Michel Houellebecq, Sarah Bernhardt and…Nation Branding (Cool Britannia).

The bulk of my research these days focuses on French poetry/poethics and also the performing arts.


- A co-edition, with Sara-Louise Cooper (Kent), of Variations on The Ethics of Mourning in Modern Literature in French (preface by Dominique Rabaté), Peter Lang, 2021. My own contribution includes the critical introduction and a chapter on the poets Emmanuel Merle and Yves Bonnefoy.

-“Yves Bonnefoy et la poésie dans l’imaginaire musical de Jeremy Thurlow”, in ILCEA4 (revue de l’Institut des langues et cultures d’Europe, Amérique, Afrique, Asie et Australie – E.A 7356), in Anne Cayuela and Caroline Bertonèche (eds), Chant et poésie en Europe et en Amérique : de la culture populaire à la culture savante, no 39, Grenoble, 2021.

- ‘La Poéthique selon Yves Bonnefoy and Emmanuel Merle : désigner pour faire signe’, in Corinne Bayle & Eric Dayre (eds), Le Poème, le juste, to be published by Éditions Kimé, Paris, 2021.

- ‘Imaginaire identitaire/Identité imaginaire dans Meursault, contre-enquête de Kamel Daoud : question(s) de démêlés’ – based upon my paper at the 4th International Congress of the CRI2i, ‘Imaginaires de l’Identité : Auto-Images et Représentations de Soi, Cluj-Napoca (Romania), 12-14 Nov. 2020 (Zoom), to be published in Echinox, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2021.

Work in Progress

I am currently writing a biography of Alice Sapritch (to be published by the Éditions Garnier, Paris).


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