Dr Siobhán McIlvanney
Reader in French and Francophone Women’s Writing
Head of Department of French
+44 (0)20 7848 1836 Email email@example.com Address
Department of French
King’s College London
Room 4.48 Virginia Woolf Building
London WC2B 6LE
Research interests and PhD supervision
I graduated with an M.A. in French and German from the University of Glasgow, before completing a D. Phil. at the Queen’s College, Oxford. I joined the Department of French at King’s in 1994.
- Contemporary French Women’s Writing
- Franco-Algerian Women’s Writing
- Early French Women’s Press
My main area of research is contemporary French women’s writing, on which I have published many book chapters and articles, and a monograph on Annie Ernaux. I have a particular interest in Franco-Algerian women’s writing, in particular works produced by Maïssa Bey, Leïla Marouane and Malika Mokeddem. I have also published on beur
female authors. A further area of my research concerns the origins and early years of the French women’s press, on which I have also published.
I would welcome Ph. D. applications from students interested in working on contemporary French and Franco-Algerian women’s writing, French feminism or the French women’s press.
For more details, please see my full research profile.
- ‘Education and Exile in the Writings of Maïssa Bey and Malika Mokeddem’ in Exiles, Travellers and Vagabonds: Rethinking Mobility in Francophone Women’s Writing, (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2016), pp. 131-52
- ‘Grandmother Through the Looking-glass: (Anti)ageing Perspectives in Noelle Châtelet’s Au pays des merveilles’, The Modern Language Review, III, 4, 2016, pp. 975-87
- ‘Scribbling Sorority: Writer-Reader Relations in the Early French Women’s Press and Le Journal des dames’ in Solitaires, solidaires: Conflict and Confluence in Women's Writings in French, eds Elise Hugueny-Leger and Caroline Verdier (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015), pp. 95-113
- ‘Fictionalising the Father in Maïssa Bey’s Entendez-vous dans les montagnes…’, Hawwa: Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World, 12, 2-3, 2014, pp. 195-220
- Quand la folie parle: The Dialectic Effect of Madness in French Literature since the Nineteenth Century, co-editor, (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014)
For a complete list of publications, please see my full research profile.
Expertise and public engagements
I teach on a variety of courses, ranging from ‘Introduction to French Literature’ and ‘French Narrative Texts: An Introduction’ in the first year to an M.A. option on ‘Contemporary Women’s Writing in French’. Other undergraduate teaching includes ‘The French Novel Post-1700’, ‘Contemporary French Women’s Writing’ as a B.A. module and ‘Contemporary French Feminism’.
I am a member of the International Assessment Board for the Irish Research Council. I was the recipient of a Teaching Excellence Award in 2007.