Dr Johanna Malt
Reader in French Literature & Visual Culture
Vice-Dean (People and Planning) for Languages & Literatures
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1830
Address Department of French
King's College London
Room 4.45 Virginia Woolf Building
London WC2B 6LE
Research interests and PhD supervision
I am a graduate of Cambridge University, where I studied for my BA and PhD and was a lecturer at Christ’s College before coming to King’s in 2000.
- Literature and visual art
- Art theory
- Twentieth-century French literature
My research interests are in 20th- and 21st-century literature, visual art and theory. I am the author of a book on surrealism and politics and am currently writing another on casts, imprints and traces in modern and contemporary art. I offer research supervision in the fields of modern French literature (particularly modernism and the avant-garde), critical theory and text-image relations.
For more details, please see my full research profile.
- Obscure Objects of Desire: Surrealism, Fetishism, and Politics (Oxford: OUP, 2004)
- ‘On Not Saying, Not Knowing and Thinking About Nothing: Adorno, Dionysius, Derrida and the Negation of Art’, Paragraph 41:2 (forthcoming July 2018).
- ‘The Edge of the Self: Casting and Moulding the Body in Modern and Contemporary Sculpture’ in Spur der Arbeit: Oberfläche und Werkprozess, eds. Magdalena Bushart and Henrike Haug (Weimar: Böhlau, 2018).
- ‘Cy Twombly: Sign, Meta-Sign and Sense’, Sillages Critiques 21 (2016). http://journals.openedition.org/sillagescritiques/4595
- ‘The Blob and the Magic Lantern: On Subjectivity, Faciality and Projection’, Paragraph 36:3 (2013) Winner of the Paragraph Anniversary Prize.
- ‘Leaving Traces: Surface Contact in Ponge, Penone and Alÿs’, Word and Image 29:1 (2013).
Expertise and public engagement
My teaching focuses mainly on 19th- and 20th-century French literature, including a final-year course on Proust and an MA module on inter-war avant-gardes in France. I also teach translation.