Dr Ann Miller

University Fellow in French

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I began my career teaching in comprehensive schools in London, and then worked in teacher education before moving to a post in the School of Modern Languages at Leicester. I am now retired from full-time teaching, and my academic work consists mostly of co-editing the journal European Comic Art, along with some translating and writing.


BA, French and Spanish, (University of Leeds). MA, Applied Linguistics, (Birkbeck College, University of London), PhD, (University of Newcastle).

Research Summary

My research interests include bande dessinée (French-language comics), particularly the work produced by small publishing collectives since the 1990s, and French Cinema.

Teaching and Administration

I am no longer a permanent member of the teaching staff, but have taught some modules on a part-time basis since retiring.



Reading bande dessinée: critical approaches to French-language comic strip (Bristol: Intellect, 2007), 272 pp.

Edited Book

With Bart Beaty, The Anthology of French-Language Comics Theory and Criticism (Leuven University Press, 2014), 333 pp.

With Natalie Edwards and Amy Hubbell, Textual Visual Selves: Photography, Film and Comic Art in French Autobiography. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2011), 273 pp.

Journal articles and book chapters

‘Lewis Trondheim, artist of the supermodern city, and interstitial traveller through the non-lieux’. Forthcoming in Image&Narrative, November 2018.

‘Joe Sacco, graphic novelist as political journalist’, in The Cambridge History of the Graphic Novel, ed. Jan Baetens, Hugo Frey and Stephen Tabachnick (Cambridge Universty Press, 2018), 389-404.

‘Consensus and dissensus in bande dessinée’Yale French Studies 131/132 (2017), special issue on Bande dessinée: Thinking Outside the Boxes, ed. Laurence Grove and Michael Syrotinski, 109-137.

‘Formal Approaches to Comics’ in The Routledge Handbook of the Secret Origins of Comics Studies, ed. Randy Duncan and Matthew J. Smith,  (London and New York: Routledge, 2017), 150-163.

‘Mourning and Loss in the work of Pauline Martin and Dominique Goblet’, Contemporary French Civilization 40.3 (Winter 2015), 373-402.

‘Memory and Postmemory in Morvandiau’s D’Algérie’, in Postcolonial Comics: Texts, Events, Identities, ed. Binita Mehta and Pia Mukherji, (London and New York: Routledge, 2014).

‘Autobiography in bande dessinée’, in Textual and Visual Selves: Photography, Film and Comic Art in French Autobiography, ed. Natalie Edwards, Amy Hubbell, Ann Miller, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2011), 235-262.

Persepolis: Eluding the Frame’ L’Esprit Créateur 51.1 (Spring 2011), 38-52.

‘Enfants de la bulle' in Générations : Un siècle d’histoire culturelle des Maghrébins en France, ed. Driss El Yazami, Yvan Gastaut, Naïma Yahi, (Paris: Gallimard, 2009), 183-188.

‘The astonishing return of Blake and Mortimer: Francophone fantasies of Britain as imperial power and retrospective rewritings’, in Unsettling the Past, ed. Liedeke Plate and Anneke Smelik, (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2009), 74-85.

‘Citizenship and city spaces: bande dessinée as reportage’ in History and Politics in French-Language Comics and Graphic Novels, ed. Mark McKinney, (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2008), 97-116.

‘Oubapo: a verbal/visual medium is subjected to constraints’, Word and
23.2 (2007), 117-137.

Les 400 coups, from film to novelisation’ in La Novellisation: Du film au livre/Novelization: From Film to Novel, ed. Jan Baetens and Mark Lits, (Leuven University Press, 2004), 111-120.

‘Les héritiers d’Hergé: the figure of the aventurier in a post-colonial context’ in Shifting Frontiers of France and Francophonie, ed. Yvette Rocheron and Christopher Rolfe, (Bern, Peter Lang, 2004), 307-324.

With Murray Pratt, ‘Transgressive Bodies in the work of Julie Doucet, Fabrice Neaud and Jean-Christophe Menu: Towards a Theory of the 'AutobioBD', Belphegor, Popular Literature and Media Culture, 4.1.

Bande dessinée’ in French Popular Culture, an Introduction, ed. Hugh Dauncey, (London: Arnold, 2003), 135-149.

‘French Cinema from 1974 to 2000’ in European Cinemas. (Milton Keynes: The Open University, 2003), 45-107. (Also wrote and presented accompanying 30-minute TV programme.)

‘Communicative grammar teaching’ in Teaching Modern Foreign Languages in Secondary Schools, ed. Anne Swarbrick, (London: Routledge, 2002), 141-155.

‘Teulé’s Gens de France: retelling the fait divers and reframing the evidence’, French Cultural Studies 12.3.36 (October 2001), 319-332.

‘Chantal Montellier’s Faux Sanglant: Sex, death, lies and videotape’, 
French Studies LV.2 (2001), 207-220.

‘Bande dessinée: a disputed centenary’, French Cultural Studies 10.1.28 (February 1999), 67-87.

Translations: Books

Thierry Groensteen, The Expanding Art of Comics: Ten Modern Masterpieces. (Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2017), 240pp.

Thierry Groensteen, Comics and Narration: The System of Comics 2 (Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2013), 205 pp.

Translations: Articles

Thierry Groensteen, ‘Gérard Blanchard’s Lascaux Hypothesis’, Yale French Studies 131/132 (2017), special issue on Bande dessinée: Thinking Outside the Boxes (eds) Laurence Grove and Michael Syrotinski, 11-20.

Renaud Chavanne, ‘The Composition of Comics’, European Comic Art 8.1 (Spring 2015), 111-144.

Jacques Samson, ‘Adventures of the Proper Name in Tintin in Tibet’, European Comic Art 5.1 (Spring 2012), 71-107.

Jimmy Beaulieu, ‘Automythology’, European Comic Art 5.1 (Spring 2012), 25-56..

Véronique Montémont, ‘Beyond Autobiography’ in eds) Natalie Edwards, Amy Hubbell, Ann Miller, Textual and Visual Selves: Photography, Film and Comic Art in French Autobiography (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2011), 29-49.

Floriane Place-Verghnes, ‘The Photobiographical Today: Signs of an Identity Crisis? In eds) Natalie Edwards, Amy Hubbell, Ann Miller, Textual and Visual Selves: Photography, Film and Comic Art in French Autobiography (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2011), 99-114.

Pierre Fresnault-Deruelle, ‘Figurations and Prefigurations in Hergé’s Work, or from Les 7 Boules de cristal to Le Temple du Soleil and Back Again, European Comic Art 4.2 (Autumn 2011), 139-145.

Morvandiau, ‘Comic Art and Commitment’ (interview conducted in French with Ann Miller), European Comic Art 4.1 (Spring 2011), 105-123.

Pierre Fresnault-Deruelle, ‘The Moulinsart Crypt’, European Comic Art 3.2 (Autumn 2010), 119-137.

Benoît Peeters, ‘A Scriptwriter’s Way of Working’, European Comic Art 3.1 (Spring 2010), 105-115.

Viviane Alary, ‘The Spanish Tebeo’, European Comic Art 2.2 (Autumn 2009), 253-276.

Annie Renonciat, ‘Arthème Fayard’s Magazines and the Promotion of Picture Stories ‘à la française’, European Comic Art 1.2 (Autumn 2008), 145-156.

Radio course

With Marie-Thérèse Bougard, BBC radio course and pupils’ notes, French 11-14, 1992.


Creativity, Association for Language Learning/Mary Glasgow Publications, 1995.

With Liz Roselman, Marie-Thérèse Bougard and Malcolm Hope, Arc-en-Ciel 4, Mary Glasgow Publications, 1991.With Liz Roselman and Marie-Thérèse Bougard, Arc-en-Ciel 3,  Mary Glasgow Publications, 1990.

With Liz Roselman and Marie-Thérèse Bougard, Arc-en-Ciel 2, Mary Glasgow Publications, 1989.  (Won Times Educational Supplement ‘Schoolbook of the Year’ award).

With Liz Roselman, Arc-en-Ciel 1, Mary Glasgow Publications, 1988.

With Richard Aplin and Hugh Starkey, Orientations, Hodder and Stoughton, 1985.

With Chris Woodhead and Pat O’Shea, Writing and Responding, Oxford University Press, 1981.

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