Siobhán McIlvanney

Reader in French and Francophone Women’s Writing; Head of Department of French, King's College London

Siobhán McIlvanney graduated with an MA in French and German from the University of Glasgow, before completing a D. Phil. at the Queen’s College, Oxford. She joined the Department of French at King’s in 1994. Her teaching and research focus on French and Francophone women's writing, the early French women's press, and French feminism. She has a particular interest in North-African women's literature, including the writing of Maïssa Bey, Leïla Marouane and Malika Mokeddem. Siobhán has published extensively on French and Francophone women's writing and on the origins of the French women's press. She is also interested in female narratives of ageing.

Books
Annie Ernaux: The Return to Origins Liverpool University Press, 2001)
Figurations of the Feminine in the Early French Women's Press, 1758-1848 (Liverpool University Press, 2019)
Quand la folie parle:The Dialectic Effect of Madness in French Literature since the Nineteenth Century (co-editor) (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014)
Women and the City in French Literature and Culture: Reconfiguring the Feminine in the Urban Environment 9co-editor) (University of Wales Press, 2019)

Experience

  • –present
    Reader in French and Francophone Women’s Writing; Head of Department of French, King's College London