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Shirley Jordan

Professor of French Literature and Visual Culture

Room: Arts One 101
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8310
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Office hours: Tues 4-5 and Wed 10-11



Research interests : Twentieth- and twenty-first century French and Francophone literature and visual culture, new women's writing in French, feminisms, autofiction, photography

I currently work on recent experiments in autobiography by women (including visual and intermedial autobiography), on the idea of hospitality in Goncourt prize-winning writer Marie NDiaye, and on urban photography. I have in addition published widely on new French and Francophone women writers, on poetry and art criticism (especially Francis Ponge), on ethnography in advanced cultural learning and on visual culture in global cities. I have supervised PhD students in a range of these areas. Current research projects include a book on intimacy in French women’s self-narrative (for Liverpool University Press) and a book on inhospitality in Marie NDiaye (Legenda Research Monographs in French). I am co-investigator on a two-year project entitled Visual Culture and Interruption in Global Cities which won AHRC-NWO funding. The project will result in a co-edited volume and a range of associated events at New York University (2013) and Queen Mary (2014).

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