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A graduate of the University of St Andrews (MA Hons), and of the University of Exeter (PhD), Susie joined the French Section at Edinburgh in 1999.
Recently supervised PhD topics
‘Imported Gender Images in France: Translated Anglo-American Modern Women's Discourse’
Susan Bainbrigge began her research career by working on Simone de Beauvoir, in particular her autobiographies, on which she has published a book (Writing Against Death: the Autobiographies of Simone de Beauvoir) and a number of articles. Scrutiny of the nature of the autobiographical enterprise has extended this research to encompass comparative readings of Simone de Beauvoir with Suzanne Lilar, Jean-Paul Sartre and Serge Doubrovsky, for example.
Francophone writers and writing – francophone Belgian writers in particular – have been the focus of recent research. She has published, with Jeanette den Toonder, an edited volume of essays on the Belgian author Amélie Nothomb (Amélie Nothomb: Authorship, Identity and Narrative Practice), and more recently, with Joy Charnley and Caroline Verdier, Francographies: Identité et altérité dans les espaces francophones européens.
Recent research on cultural and literary identity in francophone Belgian literature has resulted in publication of Culture and Identity in Belgian Francophone Writing: Dialogue, Diversity and Displacement. Current work is dealing with representations of the child and trauma in contemporary French and francophone texts.
She is French editor of the journal Forum for Modern Language Studies and on the editorial board of French Studies Bulletin.
Postgraduate applications on 20th century and contemporary French and francophone writing and thought (particularly fiction/autobiography; France and Belgium; women’s writing) would be welcome.
This article was published on Oct 30, 2012