Dr Claire Lozier

Dr Claire Lozier

Lecturer in French

+44 (0)113 343 3489

Summary: Twentieth-century aesthetics of the extreme; baroque aesthetics; sublime; abject; obscenity and pornography; representations of death; stylistics; rhetoric; Georges Bataille; Jean Genet; Samuel Becket



Licence (Nice), MA (Kent), Maîtrise (Nice), Ph.D (Kent), Doctorat (Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle), Agrégation de Lettres Modernes

Claire Lozier was educated in France and in England. She studied for a BA in French and Comparative Literature at the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France (2000-2003). In 2003, she came to England as an Erasmus exchange student to study for an MA in Comparative Literature at the University of Kent. In the same year, she was awarded a 'Master' in Comparative Literature by the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis. She was awarded the CAPES and 'Agrégation de Lettres Modernes' in 2006. She returned to the UK to study for a PhD in cotutelle between the University of Kent and the Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle. Her thesis examined the deconstruction of the relationship between the abject and the sublime in the works of Georges Bataille, Jean Genet and Samuel Beckett. In 2008, she was a 'pensionnaire étranger' at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Rue d'Ulm). Her PhD was awarded in 2010.

Claire worked as an Assistant Lecturer in French and Comparative Literature at the University of Kent from 2006 to 2009. After a year of teaching practice as an 'Agrégée' in Paris (2009-2010), she worked as an Associate Lecturer in French and Comparative Literature at the University of Kent (2010), and subsequently as a Teaching Fellow in French at the University of Leicester (2011). She joined French at Leeds in 2011.


Claire teaches literature ('The Sublime and the Abject in French Literature and Thought' 'The Short Form in French and Francophone Literature'), cinema ('Introduction to Film Studies', 'The Seventh Art - Cinema in France') and language (grammar levels 2 and 3) modules.

Administrative roles

2016-17: Residence Abroad Tutor (French)

2014-15: Admissions Tutor (French)

2013-14: British Council Language Exchange Coordinator (French)

2011-14: School Employability Officer


Claire's principal research interests are twentieth-century extreme aesthetics and stylistics; baroque aesthetics and art; the sublime; the abject; obscenity and pornography.

Her thesis, entitled De l'abject et du sublime: Georges Bataille, Jean Genet, Samuel Beckett, examines the destabilization of the hierarchical relationship between the abject and the sublime in the works of these authors. It shows that the question of the sublime is raised each time there is a crisis within representation (in the age of poetics, of aesthetics, or in the present day) in order to set up a confrontation between art and that which exceeds art, permitting art to renew itself. It also argues that whenever the notion of the sublime appears it moves in proximity to - and sometimes merges with - its opposite: the abject. This is the case in the works of Bataille, Genet and Beckett, in which a doxa that understands the world and organizes values in terms of purely antithetical paradigms is deconstructed. The thesis identifies the points of contact and exchange between the two concepts in the work of these writers and demonstrates the need to consider the links and affinities between them in all attempts at artistic renewal.



De l'Abject et du sublime: Georges Bataille, Jean Genet, Samuel Beckett (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2012)

Book Chapters

'Faire jouir le système: Georges Bataille et l'utopie de l'impossible', in Utopia. The Avant-Garde, Modernism and (Im)possible Life, European Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies 4, eds. David Ayers and Benedikt Hjartarson (Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 2015)

'Poétique des ruines et traces de l'histoire: sur "Quatre heures à Chatila" de Jean Genet', in Littérature, art et monde contemporain, ed. Nayla Tamraz (Beyrouth: Presses de l'Université Saint-Joseph, 2015)

'De l'excédent dans l'écriture: Jacques Derrida commentateur de Georges Bataille, in Autour de La Part maudite, eds. Christian Limousin and Jacques Poirier (Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2015)

'Samuel Beckett's Funerary Sculpture', in 'Je ne crois pas aux influences': Questions of Influence in French Literature and Culture, eds. Thomas Baldwin, James Fowler and Ana de Medeiros (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) 

'Les Guerres du Funambule: public, texte, spectacle', in Les Métamorphoses de Jean Genet, ed. Nathanael Wadbled (Dijon: Editions Universitaires de Dijon, 2013)

'Au cœur de la fiction: la visite du cœur d'Harcamone dans Miracle de la rose de Jean Genet', in Le Cœur dans tous ses états, eds. Claire Bisdorff and Marie-Christine Clemente (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2012)


'Franchir les frontières: géopolitique et biopouvoir dans les fictions de Georges Bataille', forthcoming in Littérature (2017)

'Violence du Beckett de Bataille: « Le Silence de Molloy »', in Samuel Beckett, 4 (2017)

'A Poetic Enquiry: Barthes and Bataille's Story of the Eye', in Barthes Studies, 2 (2016)

'Ma Mère de Georges Bataille et Ma Mère de Christophe Honoré: regards croisés', in Cahiers Georges Bataille, 3 (2016)

'Rites, transgression et littérature dans Histoire de l’œil de Georges Bataille', in Les Lettres romanes, 69:3-4 (2015)

'Louis-Ferdinand Céline: Guignol's Band I & II, 1944-1964', in London Fictions, (2015)

'Poétique de la cécité: effets d’aveuglement dans Histoire de l’œil de Georges Bataille', in 青山フランス文学論集 (Aoyama French Literature Studies), 23 (2014)

'Writing the City: London as Urban Palimpsest in Louis Ferdinand Céline’s Guignol’s Band I & II', in Journal of Romance Studies, 14:3 (2014)

'Watt’s Archive Fever', in Journal of Beckett Studies, 22:1 (2013)

'Présence de la sculpture funéraire de la fin du Moyen-Age et des débuts de l’ère moderne dans l’œuvre narrative de Samuel Beckett: du motif artistique religieux à sa laïcisation scripturale', in Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui, 24 (2012)

'O Bibliotecário e o escritor: a arquivação de conhecimento de Georges Bataille', in Revista Pandora, 45 (2012)

'Breath as Vanitas: Beckett’s Debt to a Baroque Genre', in Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui, 22 (2010)

'Becoming a Monstrous Text? The Process of Grafting in the Work of Jean Genet and in Jacques Derrida’s Glas', in Skepsi, 1 (Autumn 2008)


‘Christianisme ou communisme? L’hégélianisme marxien et le marxisme hégélien de Žižek’, article by Lorenzo Chiesa, Actuel Marx, 46 (Paris: PUF, 2010)

Book reviews

In Fabula (17:1, 2016), Le Sublime et le grotesque, ed. Jan Miernowski (Genève: Droz, 2014)

In Les Lettres romanes (69:3/4, 2015), Héritage, filiation, transmission. Configurations littéraires (XVIIIe-XIXe siècles), eds. Christian Chelebourg, David Martens et Myriam Watthee-Delmotte (Louvain-la-Neuve: Presses Universitaires de Louvain, 2014)

In French Studies (68:4, 2014), Beckett and Animals, ed. Mary Bryden (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)

In French Studies (67:3, 2013), Samuel Beckett and Pain, eds. Mariko Hori Tanaka, Yoshiki Tajiri, and Michiko Tsushima (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012) and Caroline Mannweiler, L'Ethique beckettienne et sa réalisation dans la forme (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012)

In Modern Language Review (108:3, 2013), Andrew Gibson, Samuel Beckett - Critical Lives (London: Reaktion, 2010)

In Les Lettres Romanes (65:1/2, 2011), Melina Balcàzar Moreno, Travailler pour les morts. Politiques de la mémoire dans l'oeuvre de Jean Genet (Paris: Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2010)


Polly Gallis, PhD candidate (started 2015), 'Pornography in the Works of Nancy Huston, Annie Ernaux and Nelly Arcan'. WROCAH/AHRC funded.

Clara Breteau, PhD candidate (started 2014), 'POEM: POesis in the Era of Metamorphosis: a New Proxy for our Times?'. WROCAH/AHRC funded.

Lorna Sharman, MA (2012-13), 'Amélie Nothomb: Identity and the roman familial'. AHRC funded.

Mansoor Al-Alharthey, PhD candidate (started 2012), 'The Aesthetics of Reception Theory in Al-āmedī's Al-Muwāzanah'. Funded by the Saudi government.