School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Dr Kathryn Robson

Senior Lecturer



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
  • Trauma
  • Sexual violence
  • Empathy


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


Research Interests

Contemporary French women's writing, trauma (particularly rape and sexual abuse), loss, eating disorders.

Other Expertise

Fiction and testimonies on the Occupation and on the Holocaust.

Current Work

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.

Research Roles

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).

Postgraduate Supervision

Willing to supervise work on post-war French literature, particularly women's writing and trauma.

Esteem Indicators

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)


Undergraduate Teaching

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.