Professor Shirley Jordan
Professor of French Studies
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3542
- Address: Professor of French Studies
Room 5.03 Old Library Building
School of Modern Languages
Newcastle upon Tyne
I joined Newcastle University as Professor in French Studies in August 2017.
My research interests include 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone literature and visual culture, especially new women’s writing in French, feminisms, life writing and photography.
I am author of books on the art criticism of Francis Ponge, on new women’s writing in French and on the work of Goncourt-prize-winning author Marie NDiaye. I also recently edited a book on visual culture and interruption in global cities.
I am Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (CCWW) in London University’s School of Advanced Study, a role which involves fostering new research on contemporary women’s writing and overseeing the organization of related events and activities in London and, more especially, in institutions in the North. This role will enable an exciting partnership between Newcastle University and the CCWW.
Before coming to Newcastle in 2017 I spent ten years as Reader, then Professor of French Literature and Visual Culture, at Queen Mary University of London. Prior to that, I worked for ten years as Senior Lecturer in French at Oxford Brookes University.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Acting Head of French Section (Semester 1 2017-18)
- Chair of Examinations Board
- Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (CCWW)
- PhD in French, The Art Criticism of Francis Ponge (Univesity of Hull)
- BA Hons, English and French, First class with oral distinction (University of Hull)
- Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
At Queen Mary University of London I served as Director of Research for the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, Head of the Department of French and Deputy Head of School.
My broad research interests include 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone literature and visual culture, especially new women’s writing in French, feminisms, life writing and photography, including experimental urban photography and portraiture / self-portraiture. I have also published on installation art.
I have conducted pedagogic research on intercultural learning and ethnography for advanced language learners.
I am currently completing a book entitled Intimacy and Excess in French Women’s Self-Narrative Experiment, which explores life writing, film and installation art by major figures such as Annie Ernaux, Christine Angot, Agnès Varda and Chantal Akerman. I am interested in how private or socially taboo issues are presented in the public domain, and with what consequences. The book has several chapters on the life-writing and self-portraiture of old age and is a stepping stone to my next major project concerning ageing, ageism, old age and care in French literature, theory and visual culture. I am also in the final stages of co-editing a book entitled What Forms Can Do about the complex ways in which form, both in literary and visual culture, connects us with lived experience in the world beyond the text. Both books will be published by Liverpool University Press.
I plan to build on my current research on ageing, ageism, old age and care, to form a major collaborative project which will be interdisciplinary and cross-cultural and which will highlight the value of humanities research in the area. In the short term, I am organizing other projects such as a seminar on disorderly eating in contemporary women’s writing which will run at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing in December.
Current Research Roles and Contributions to the Wider Research Community
- Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (CCWW) and Director of the French seminar series (CWWF) at London University’s School of Advanced Study.
- Associate Fellow of the Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London
Editorial Board of French Studies
Editorial Committee of Legenda Research Monographs in French Studies
Editorial Committee of Collection monographique Rodopi en littérature française contemporaine (Brill)
Editorial Advisory Board of French Cultural Studies
University of London in Paris (ULIP) Research Advisory Board
I have supervised PhDs on a wide range of contemporary French and Francophone writers, especially on life writing by women.
I am interested in research proposals pertaining to contemporary women’s writing in French, life writing, installation art, photography (urban or portrait), and projects situated at the visual / literary interface. I would especially welcome projects which address the key issues of ageing, ageism, old age and care.
- FRE2012 Contemporary Life Writing in French: Textual and Visual Experiment
- SML1018 Introduction to Literature
- FRE2061 Level C (HE Advanced) French
I am also devising a final-year module entitled ‘Approaches to Photography: French Thought and Practice’ that will run in 2018-19
- Jordan S, Still J, ed. Disorderly Eating in Contemporary Women's Writing. 2019. In Preparation.
- Jordan S. Private Lives, Public Display: Intimacy and Excess in French Women's Self-Narrative Experiment. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2019. In Preparation.
- Jordan S. 'Sexual Awakening, Trauma and Writing in Annie Ernaux's Memoire de fille and Christine Angot's Une semaine de vacances'. L'Esprit Createur 2019. In Preparation.
- Crowley P, Jordan S, ed. What Forms Can Do: Attending to the Real in 20th and 21st Century French Literature. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2018. In Preparation.
- Jordan S. 'Eating between Pleasure and Discontent in Marie NDiaye's 'La Gourmandise''. In: Holmes, D; Allison, M; Tarr, C, ed. Women Behaving Badly? Women's Pleasures and their Discontents in Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2018. In Press.
- Jordan S. 'Gender and Crisis: Women's Writing in French at the Start of the Twenty-First Century'. In: Demossier, M; Lees, D; Mondon, A; Parish, N, ed. The Routledge Handbook of French Politics and Culture. London: Routledge, 2018. In Preparation.
- Jordan S. Marie NDiaye: Inhospitable Fictions. Oxford, UK: Legenda, Modern Humanities Research Association, 2017.
- Jordan S. Washes and Hues: Reading for Colour in Marie NDiaye. French Studies 2017, 71(3), 362-73.
- Jordan S, Lindner C, ed. Cities Interrupted: Visual Culture and Urban Space. London: Bloomsbury, 2016.
- Jordan S. 'Still Varda: Photographs and Photography in Agnes Varda's Late Work'. In: Barnet, M-C, ed. Agnes Varda Unlimited: Image, Music, Media. Oxford, UK: Legenda, Modern Humanities Research Association, 2016, pp.212.
- Jordan S. 'Not Yet Fallen: Time, Memory and Traces in Stephane Couturier's City Photography'. Nottingham French Studies. Special Issue: Photography in Contemporary France 2014, 53(2), 169-85.
- Jordan S. 'On Hold: Urban Photography as Interruption'. In: Lindner, C; Hemelryk Donald, S, ed. Inert Cities: Globalization, Mobility and Suspension in Visual Culture. London: I.B. Tauris, 2014, pp.17-39. In Preparation.