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Dr Elise Hugueny-L├ęger, Senior Lecturer

Dr Elise Hugueny-LegerContact Information
Phone: 01334 463652
Office: Buchanan 405

Module surgery hours:
Monday 9-11

Full research profile

Research and Teaching

My research interests are in the field of contemporary French literature and culture, with particular emphasis on the theory and practice of autobiography and autofiction, and on the creative process inherent to life-writing. My current book-length project, entitled Projections de soi: identités et images en mouvement dans l’autofiction, examines dialogues between literature and the moving image in processes of self-representation.

My first monograph was a study of the œuvre of Annie Ernaux (Annie Ernaux, une poétique de la transgression, 2009). I keep giving talks and publishing articles on this writer on a regular basis, and I developed the website

Other, broader interests encompass: journalistic writing and intellectual life in France; the rise of consumerism and its representation in artistic forms; the place of women and their writings in contemporary France.

As part of my on-going interest in autobiography and the writing process, I have set up the module ‘Creative Writing in French’ (FR4150) - which was awarded a University Teaching Excellence Award, and was shortlisted for a Times Higher Education award in the 'Excellence and Innovation in the Arts' category - and its related website Write in French, which features a range of activities, texts and workshops developed through the course. I also offer modules entitled ‘Writing the Self in 20th and 21st-century French Literature’ (FR3078), ‘Intellectuals in Modern France’ (FR3080) and ‘Good and Ads: Consumerism in Modern France’ (FR4182) for French Honours students, and ‘Autobiography and the Visual Arts’ (CO4021) for the School’s Comparative Literature programme.

I welcome enquiries from prospective MLitt and PhD students who would like to work in areas linked to my research interests and areas of expertise.

PhD Supervision

Kirsty Boardman, Anais Fusaro