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Elise Hugueny-Léger

Senior Lecturer, School of Modern Languages, University of St Andrews

I joined the French department at the University of St Andrews in 2008, after completing my doctoral studies at Durham University. My research and teaching are primarily in the fields of life-writing and contemporary literature. I've published extensively on the autobiographical works of Annie Ernaux and keep giving talks and publishing articles on her work.

My latest book, Projections de soi: identités et images en mouvement dans l'autofiction, assesses autofiction as a literary and media phenomenon and considers the relationship between life-writing and the moving image in France since the 1970s.

More broadly, I have a keen interest in intellectual life in modern France; the rise of consumerism and its representation in artistic forms, and the place of women and their writings in contemporary society. As part of my ongoing interest in life-writing and the creative process, I set up a 'Creative Writing in French' course at St Andrews.

In 2022-23, I am based at CY Cergy-Paris University as part of a Leverhulme International Fellowship.


  • –present
    Lecturer, School of Modern Languages, University of St Andrews