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Dr Katie Jones, Lecturer

Dr Katie JonesContact details
Phone: 01334 462952
Office: Buchanan 403

Full research profile

Module surgery hours:
Monday 10-11, Thursday 2-3

Research and Teaching

My research interests fall into two main categories: twentieth- and twenty-first-century comparative literature (primarily written in French and German) and health humanities. Particular interests include post-1990 women’s writing; literary representations of the emotions, especially disgust; the aesthetics, production and marketing of contemporary narrative fiction in French, and recent fictional and biographical narratives of suicide.

My first book, Representing Repulsion (Peter Lang, 2013) is a comparative study of the notion of disgust and its literary representation in the work of a range of female authors publishing in French and German since 1990: Marie Darrieussecq, Amélie Nothomb, Lorette Nobécourt, Alina Reyes, Sibylle Berg, Jenny Erpenbeck, Monika Maron and Charlotte Roche. It also explores the (largely Franco-German) theoretical tradition of writing on disgust – including work in the fields of aesthetics, existentialism, psychoanalysis and moral philosophy – with a view to developing new analytical approaches to contemporary literature and women’s writing.

I am now working on a new book-length project on fictional and (auto-) biographical narratives about suicide published in French since the 1990s, combining approaches from medical humanities and literary studies to consider how discourses on suicide and bereavement in different areas of contemporary society interact with and influence each other.

I also continue to be interested in contemporary French and comparative literature more generally, and have presented papers and published on authors including Nina Yargekov, Muriel Barbery and Jasper Fforde. I would be happy to supervise students interested in working in any of the above areas.


Representing Repulsion: The Aesthetics of Disgust in Contemporary Women's Writing in French and German
Jones, K., 2013, Oxford: Peter Lang. 286 p. (Studies in Contemporary Women's Writing; vol. 2)
Research output: Book/ReportBook


Between témoignage and imposture: suicide and bereavement in contemporary French literature
Jones, K., 1 Aug 2014, Protean selves: First-person voices in twenty-first-century French and Francophone narratives. Angelo, A. & Fülöp, E. (eds.). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 82-95 13 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Literature as Consumption and Expulsion: Amélie Nothomb’s "esthétique du vomissement”
Jones, K., 2007, The Flesh in the Text. Baldwin, T., Weller, S. & Fowler, J. (eds.). Oxford: Peter Lang, p. 175-91 16 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

“Ganz gewöhnlicher Ekel”? Disgust and Body Motifs in Jenny Erpenbeck’s Geschichte vom alten Kind
Jones, K., 2006, Pushing at Boundaries: Approaches to Contemporary German Women Writers from Karen Duve to Jenny Erpenbeck, . Bartel, H. & Boa, E. (eds.). Amsterdam: Rodopi, Vol. 64. p. 119-33 15 p. (German Monitor; vol. 64).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Pathology and Poly-Vocality in Nina Yargekov's Tuer Catherine ( 2009)
Jones, K., Mar 2014, In : Nottingham French Studies. 53, 1, p. 49-62 14 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Apolitical Animals? The Politics of Disgust in Novels by Monika Maron and Marie Darrieussecq
Jones, K., Jan 2011, In : German Life and Letters. 64, 1, p. 156-168 13 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle