Dr Elizabeth H. Jones

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Associate Professor in French Studies and Dean of EducationA photograph of Liz Jones

Department: Modern Languages

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2688

Email: ehj3@le.ac.uk

Office: Room ----, Attenborough Tower

Address: School of Arts, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH


Personal details


I am Dean of Education for the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. This role involves working as part of the College Leadership Team to provide strategic leadership around all aspects of learning, teaching and student experience. I play a key role in quality assurance and programme development work, as well as in learning and teaching policy and strategy decisions. I chair the College Learning and Teaching Committee, as well as the University Student Partnership Sub Committee, and sit on University-level groups such as the Senior Leadership Team and Senate. Since the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic I have played a key role in overseeing the ‘pivot’ of our programmes to online or blended delivery, as well as ensuring that inclusivity and resilience are built into our assessment practices. I am particularly passionate about embedding wellbeing and respect into all that we do, and have led projects on the awarding gap in undergraduate dissertations, as well as co-leading a project to implement student wellbeing workshops, which was subsequently rolled out across the whole University.

In addition, I am an Associate Professor in French Studies, specialising in Life Writing and Cultural Geography. In the past I have published on ‘home space’ in autobiographical narratives, and I am very interested in ideas of belonging and identity. I have worked on autofiction, particularly the work of Serge Doubrovsky, as well as that of Herve Guibert and Regine Robin, and in recent years I have worked on Algerian women’s writing, including that of Malika Mokeddem and Maissa Bey. At present I am focusing on the Medical Humanities aspects of my research, and recently completed a Wellcome Trust funded project on viruses.

Qualifications and Awards

  • PhD in French Studies, University of Birmingham
  • BA Joint Hons in Geography and French Studies, University of Birmingham
  • Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy
  • University Teaching Fellowship (now known as ‘Distinguished Teaching Fellowship’) awarded in 2007




  • Spaces of Belonging: Home, Culture and Identity in 20th Century French Autobiography (Rodopi, 2007).

Edited collections and special issues

  • Women and Water in Global Fiction: Feminisms and Gender, Routledge, edited with Dr Emma Staniland. Under contract. 2019. c. 120,000 words.
  • ‘Serge Doubrovsky: Life, Writing, Legacy’, special edition of L’Esprit Créateur, Fall 2009.

Journal articles and book chapters

  • 'Out of Place: The Medical Body in Exile from Dorothée Chelliers to Malika Mokeddem' (accepted, c.6000 words). L’Esprit créateur, Summer 2020.
  • ‘Contesting Gender Roles and and Resisting the Hierarchy: Writing the Father in Malika Mokeddem’s Mes Hommes’, Essays in French Literature and Culture, vol.55, Nov. 2018. In press.
  • ‘What literature is spatial?’, Literary Geographies, vol. 4 (1) 2018, pp.38-41.
  • ‘Travels from a Hospital Bed: the Geo-Cultural Explorations of Hervé Guibert’, in Voyages, edited by Professor Charles Forsdick and Siobhan Shilton, (Edwin Mellen Press: forthcoming)
  • ‘Postcolonial Literary Cartography: Writing the Self in Contemporary Algeria’ in Life Writing and Space, ed. by Eveline Kilian and Hope Wolf, (Ashgate, 2015)
  • ‘Home Space, Language and Non-Lieux: Inscribing Loss, Plurality and Exile in the work of Régine Robin’, Dalhousie French Studies, special edition on Women and Space edited by Shirley Jordan and Marie-Claire Barnett (2010)
  • ‘Autofiction: A Brief History of a Neologism’, Life Writing, ed. Professor Richard Bradford, Palgrave Macmillan (2009)
  • ‘Serge Doubrovsky: le paradoxe d'un homme exporté et d'une oeuvre inexportable (entretien entre Serge Doubrovsky et Elizabeth H. Jones)’, L’Esprit Créateur, Fall 2009, pp.8-21.
  • ‘Literature and the New Cultural Geography’, Anglia - Zeitschrift für englische Philologie. Volume 126, Issue 2, December 2008.
  • ‘Literature and the New Cultural Geography’, Anglia - Zeitschrift für englische Philologie. Volume 126, Issue 2, December 2008.
  • ‘Chez soi comme collage de pratiques culturelles dans l’œuvre autofictionnel de Serge Doubrovsky’, Recyclages culturels/ Recycling Culture, ed. Hafid Gafaiti (L’Harmattan: Paris, Spring 2003), pp.113-130.
  • ‘De la patrie perdue à la patrie recyclée’. Home as a Collage of Cultural Practices in Serge Doubrovsky’s Autofictions’ in L’Esprit Créateur, Winter 2002, pp.17-27.

Encyclopaedia entries

  • ‘Serge Doubrovsky’. The Literary Encyclopedia. (March 2012).
  • ‘Serge Doubrovsky’, France and the Americas: Culture, Politics and History, ed. Professor Bill Marshall (ABC Clio, 2005), pp.385-6.


My research is interdisciplinary in nature, focusing on contemporary French and Francophone Life Writing and Cultural Geography. I have a strong interest in issues of belonging, identity and home space, and have published on the past, present and potential relationships between the disciplines of Geography and Literary Studies, arguing that a new conceptual framework is needed for this interdisciplinary area. I have worked extensively on autofiction and the writing of Serge Doubrovsky, who coined the term ‘autofiction’ in the 1970s. Recently my research has focused on examining themes of space, place and identity within the field of Francophone women’s writing, including Algerian writers like Malika Mokeddem and Maissa Bey. I have an ongoing interest in the relationship between Medical Humanities and life writing, and currently have two interdisciplinary collaborations underway, each exploring different aspects of cultural understandings of viruses. I was fortunate to receive a Wellcome Trust (WTISSF) ‘discipline bridges’ award in 2017 for my ongoing project on bacteriophage therapy with Professor Martha Clokie.

I am a member of LeMID (Leicester Microbial Science and Infectious Diseases network). I was co-founder of the Leicester Life Writing Series, which included a one-day, British Academy and ASMCF sponsored conference entitled ‘Serge Doubrovsky: Life, Writing, Legacy’ in February 2007. This was the first international conference to be dedicated to Serge Doubrovsky and was attended by the author himself. The second event was a one-day workshop entitled ‘Narratives of Self in the Visual Arts’ in November 2007.

Invited keynote speeches

  • ‘Geography and Literature: An Interdisciplinary Space in Need of Further Exploration’ at ‘Space and Place’, University of Warwick French Postgraduate Conference, 22nd February 2013.
  • ‘Postcolonial Literary Cartography: Writing the Self in Contemporary Algeria’ at ‘Thinking Space: Explorations through Life Writing’, Humboldt University, Berlin, 2-3 November 2012.



I teach on the following modules:
  • FR3206 Narratives of the Self in Literature and Film
  • FR2046 French Urban Space: From City of Lights to the Banlieue
  • FR1014 Twentieth Century French Literature


I have co- or second supervised the following postgraduate students:

  • Sonia Alba, ‘The fight for emancipation in Tunisian women’s literature: from Ben Ali’s rise to power to the Jasmine Revolution’ (co-supervisor with Dr R. Aissaoui).
  • Ana Rodrigues dos Santos, ‘Visual Poetry: Perception of Reality through Fusion of Visual and Verbal Language’ (second supervisor).
  • Robert Payne, ‘Representations of Lesbian Mothering in Contemporary French Literature and Film’ (second supervisor).
  • Sadie Skinner on ‘Liminality and Power in Francophone African Slave Narratives’ (co supervisor with Dr R. Aissaoui).
  • Marc Ripley ‘The Best of All Worlds? Representing Space and Belonging in Luis Buñuel’s Mexican Cinema’ (second supervisor).
  • Dana Ibrahim Ahmed: Hedging and signposting in Kurdish and English academic writing (second supervisor).

I would welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students, particularly in the following areas:

  • Life writing Autofiction
  • French and Francophone Literature
  • Cultural Geography
  • Literary Geographies
  • Home space
  • Medical Humanities
  • Algerian women's writing
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