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Professor Siobhán McIlvanney
Professor Siobhán McIlvanney

Professor Siobhán McIlvanney

Professor of French and Francophone Women's Writing

Research interests

  • Literature

Biography

I graduated with an MA 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.

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

  • Contemporary French and Francophone Women’s Writing
  • Franco-Algerian Women’s Writing 
  • Early French Women’s Press

My main area of research is contemporary French and Francophone women’s writing. I am also interested in early manifestations of feminist thought in women’s journalistic writings in France and have recently published a monograph on the early years of the French women’s press, Figurations of the Feminine in the Early French Women’s Press, 1758-1848 . You can find out more about the book in an interview here.

I have co-edited a volume on mediatic representations of women and the city that challenges the conventional configuration of the city as a masculine space, Women and the City in French Literature and Culture: Reconfiguring the Feminine in the Urban Environment. I have published extensively on a range of French and Francophone women authors and have a particular interest in Franco-Algerian women’s writing, including works by Maïssa Bey, Leïla Marouane and Malika Mokeddem. I also published the first monograph in English on the contemporary French author, Annie Ernaux

For more details, please see my full research profile.

Teaching

I teach on a variety of courses in the French department related to French and Francophone women’s writing at both BA and MA level. I also teach on a Liberal Arts module outside the Department.

Expertise and Public Engagements

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.

Selected Publications

    Research

    Textual Representation PoeticsFictionRhetoric
    Textual Representation: Poetics/Fiction/Rhetoric

    Researchers within the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Culture at King’s College London are dedicated to exploring literary texts in multilingual contexts.

    Vis Culture
    Visual Culture

    The Visual Culture research group is a network of scholars within King’s College London working across a diverse historical range of film, art, and performance.

    News

    Dr Siobhán McIlvanney publishes new book Figurations of the Feminine

    Dr Siobhán McIlvanney, Reader in French and Francophone Women’s Writing and Head of the Department of French at King's College London, has published her new...

    Figurations of the Feminine book cover

      Research

      Textual Representation PoeticsFictionRhetoric
      Textual Representation: Poetics/Fiction/Rhetoric

      Researchers within the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Culture at King’s College London are dedicated to exploring literary texts in multilingual contexts.

      Vis Culture
      Visual Culture

      The Visual Culture research group is a network of scholars within King’s College London working across a diverse historical range of film, art, and performance.

      News

      Dr Siobhán McIlvanney publishes new book Figurations of the Feminine

      Dr Siobhán McIlvanney, Reader in French and Francophone Women’s Writing and Head of the Department of French at King's College London, has published her new...

      Figurations of the Feminine book cover