Susan Bainbrigge

Senior Lecturer

  • French and Francophone Studies
  • Department of European Languages and Cultures
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Contact details



Room 3.46
50 George Square

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  • Office hours: Mondays/Thursdays 2-3 pm
    If you would like to see me at another time, please email me for an appointment.


Dr Bainbrigge is a graduate of the University of St Andrews (MA Hons), and of the University of Exeter (PhD), Susie joined French and Francophone Studies at Edinburgh in 1999.

Susie works part-time at the University and has a private practice as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She trained with the Scottish Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists and is registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council.

Undergraduate teaching

  • Simone de Beauvoir: Intellectual of the 20th Century (Final-Year Option)
  • Écriture féminine and Feminist Theory (Final-Year Option)
  • Exploring Belgian Identities in Literature and Film (Final-Year Option)

Postgraduate teaching

Fantastic Fiction (MSc; General and Comparative Literature)

Areas of interest for supervision

Postgraduate applications on 20th century and contemporary French and francophone writing and thought (particularly fiction/autobiography; France and Belgium; women’s writing; literature and psychoanalysis) would be welcome.

Recently supervised PhD topics

‘Imported Gender Images in France: Translated Anglo-American Modern Women's Discourse’

Project activity

Dr 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.

View all 16 publications on Research Explorer