Dr Elizabeth H. Jones

Dr Elizabeth JonesLecturer in French

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2688

Email: ehj3@le.ac.uk


Personal details

BA, PhD (Birmingham)

I completed my PhD on the autobiographical works of Serge Doubrovsky, Hervé Guibert and Régine Robin.

Recognition and awards

  • University Teaching Fellowship (now known as ‘Distinguished Teaching Fellowship’) awarded in 2007

External funding

  • British Academy conference organisation grant awarded in 2007 for £926

Professional memberships

  • Society for French Studies
  • Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies
  • University of Leicester’s Interdisciplinary Gender and Sexuality Research Cluster (IGSRC)

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



  • Academic Director, School of Modern Languages (January 2016 onwards)
  • Acting Director of Studies in French (semester 2, 2014-15)
  • Coordinator of Joint Degrees (semester 1, 2014-15)
  • Coordinator of Staff Development and Mentoring (semester 1, 2014-15)
  • Chair of Learning and Teaching Committee (2010-2013)
  • Member of College Academic Committee (2011-2012)
  • Modern Languages’ timetable officer (2006-2008)
  • Chair of Student-Staff Committee (2005-6)
  • Summer School coordinator (2004-5)
  • Outreach Officer (2004-5)


[book chapter] ‘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)

[invited book chapter] ‘Postcolonial Literary Cartography: Writing the Self in Contemporary Algeria’ in Life Writing and Space, ed. by Eveline Kilian and Hope Wolf, (Ashgate, 2015)

[encyclopaedia entry] ‘Serge Doubrovsky’. The Literary Encyclopedia.  (March 2012)

[journal article] ‘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)

[book chapter] ‘Autofiction: A Brief History of a Neologism’, Life Writing, ed. Professor Richard Bradford, Palgrave Macmillan (2009)

[Guest Editorship of Journal] ‘Serge Doubrovsky: Life, Writing, Legacy’, special edition of L’Esprit Créateur, Fall 2009

[journal article/ interview] ‘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

[invited journal article] ‘Literature and the New Cultural Geography’, Anglia - Zeitschrift für englische Philologie. Volume 126, Issue 2, December 2008

[Monograph] Spaces of Belonging: Home, Culture and Identity in 20th Century French Autobiography (Rodopi, 2007)

[encyclopaedia entry] ‘Serge Doubrovsky’, France and the Americas: Culture, Politics and History, ed. Professor Bill Marshall (ABC Clio, 2005), pp.385-6.

[book chapter] ‘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.

[journal article] ‘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.


My research interests focus on twentieth and twenty-first century French and Francophone life writing.

I have a strong interest in Cultural Geography and has 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. My recent research has focused on extending the analysis of space, place and identity into the field of Francophone women’s writing, looking particularly at Algerian writers like Malika Mokeddem and Maissa Bey. I have an ongoing interest in the relationship between Medical Humanities and life writing, and hopes to work on this more in future.

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.


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

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

Current 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)

Previous students

  • 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)

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