Dr Kathryn Robson
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7486
- Address: School of Modern Languages
Old Library Building
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne
After graduating with a BA in Modern and Medieval Languages (French and Spanish) at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, in 1997, I continued to do an MPhil and then a PhD, 'Writing Wounds: The Inscription of Trauma in Post-1968 French Women's Life-writing'. I was awarded the PhD from Cambridge in January 2002, when I came to Newcastle as a lecturer in French.
Roles and Responsibilities
I am Degree Programme Director for T900 Modern Languages and am Chair of the School Teaching and Learning Committee.
Areas of expertise
- Contemporary French women's writing
- Sexual violence
1997: BA (Hons) Modern and Medieval Languages (French and Spanish), St Catharine's College, Cambridge
1998: MPhil (Cambridge University)
2002: PhD (Cambridge University): title, 'Writing Wounds: The Inscription of Trauma in Post-1968 French Women's Life-writing'.
Society for French Studies, UK
Seminar for contemporary women's writing in France.
Office hours 2016-17 semester 2: Wednesday 10-1; Thursday 10-12
Contemporary French women's writing, trauma (particularly rape and sexual abuse), loss, eating disorders.
Fiction and testimonies on the Occupation and on the Holocaust.
Since completing my book, 'Writing Wounds: Inscriptions of Trauma in post-1968 French women's life-writing', I have continued to work on women's writing (mainly French but also Canadian), focusing on loss, rape and sexual abuse, and recently the writing of suffering in terms of empathy and compassion.
Conference Officer for the Society for French Studies Executive Committee (July 2006- July 2008)
Member of network on contemporary French women's writing (UK-wide).
Willing to supervise work on post-war French literature, particularly women's writing and trauma.
Peer reviewer of articles for Modern Language Review and French Studies
Invited speaker at Sheffield University French seminar (2004) and King's College London French seminar (2003) and at Cambridge French Graduate Conference (2003)
Module leader for SML1018, first year literature.
Module leader and sole teacher of FRE4003 Occupation et resistance (module leader)
Module leader of FRE2009 Paris: histoire et culture
I also teach SML1022 Introduction to Cultural Studies and FRE4061 Advanced French Writing.
- Robson K. "An Encounter with Death"? Life after Rape in Contemporary French Women’s Writing. In: Georgio, A; Waters, J, ed. Women's Writing in Western Europe: Gender, Generation and Legacy. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007, pp.431-444.
- Robson K. Family histories: reproduction, cloning and incest in Louise Lambrichs. In: Barnet, M-C; Welch, E, ed. Affaires de famille: The Family in Contemporary French Culture and Theory. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007, pp.251-265.
- Robson K. From Beneath the Skin: Rape and Testimony in Nancy Huston’s Histoire d’Omaya. In: McNeill, I; Stephens, B, ed. Transmission: Essays in French Literature, Thought, and Culture. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2007.
- Robson K. Spaces of Violation: Refiguring Rape in Contemporary French Women's Fiction. Romance Studies 2007, 25(1), 57-67.
- Robson K. L’écriture de peau: The Body as Witness in Lorette Nobécourt’s La Démangeaison. Nottingham French Studies (special issue on Focalizing the Body, eds. Gill Rye and Carrie Tarr) 2006, 45(3), 66-77.
- Robson K. Rewriting the Hysterical Body in (Marie Cardinal’s) La Souricière and Les Mots pour le dire. In: Webb, E, ed. Marie Cardinal: New Perspectives. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2006, pp.93-106.
- Robson K, Yee J. France and 'Indochina': Cultural Representations. Lanham: Lexington University Press, 2005.
- Best V, Robson K (guest eds.). Introduction to special issue,'Memory and Innovation in Post-Holocaust France'. French Studies, special issue: Memory and Innovation in the post Holocaust generation in France (co guest-edited by Victoria Best and Kathryn Robson) 2005, LIX(1), 1-8.
- Best V, Robson K (guest eds.). Memory and Innovation in the post Holocaust generation in France. French Studies, special issue 2005, LIX(1).
- Robson K. Bodily detours: Sarah Kofman's narratives of childhood trauma. Modern Language Review 2004, 99(3), 608-621.
- Robson K. Falling into an abyss: remembering and writing sexual abuse in Béatrice de Jurquet's 'La Traversée des lignes'. Journal of Romance Studies 2004, 2(1), 79-90.
- Robson K. Virtual reality: The subject of loss in Marie Darrieussecq's 'Naissance des fantomes' and Regine Detambel's La 'Chambre d'echo'. Australian Journal of French Studies 2004, 41(1), 3-15.
- Robson K. Writing Wounds: The Inscription of Trauma in post-1968 French Women's Life-writing. Amsetrdam/New York: Rodopi, 2004.
- Robson K. The Female Vampire: Chantal Chawaf’s Melancholic Autofiction. In: Rye, G., Worton, M, ed. Women's Writing in Contemporary France: New Writers, New Literatures in the 1990s. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002, pp.53-64.
- Kathryn Robson. Curative Fictions: The 'Narrative Cure' in Judith Herman’s Trauma and Recovery and Chantal Chawaf’s Le Manteau noir. Cultural Values 2001, 5(1), 115-130.
- Robson K. Psychic Plagiarism: The Death of a Child in Marie Darrieussecq’s Tom est mort and Camille Laurens’s Philippe. French Studies 2015, 69(1), 46-59.
- Robson K. The Limits of Empathy and Compassion in Delphine de Vigan’s No et moi and Les Heures souterraines. Modern Language Review 2015, 110(3), 677-693.
- Robson K. The subject of rape: Feminist discourses on rape and violability in contemporary France. French Cultural Studies 2015, 26(1), 45-55.
- Robson K. Voicing Abjection: Narratives of Anorexia in Contemporary French Women's (Life-)Writing. l'Esprit créateur 2016, 56.2(56.2), 108-120.
- Bagley P, Calamita F, Robson K, ed. Starvation, Food Obsession and Identity: Eating Disorders in Contemporary Women’s Writing. Oxford, UK: Peter Lang, 2018.
- Robson K. Reading the Anorexic Body: Eating Disorders in Contemporary French Women’s Fiction. In: Bagley, PM; Calamita, F; Robson, K, ed. Starvation, Food Obsession and Identity: Eating Disorders in Contemporary Women’s Writing. Peter Lang Pub Inc, 2017.