Dr Andy Stafford

Dr Andy Stafford

Senior Lecturer in French

+44 (0)113 343 3498

Summary: Critical theory, especially the work of Roland Barthes; African and Caribbean literature, politics and historiography; the forme brève

Andy Stafford BA, MA, PhD (Nottingham), HDR (Grenoble), senior lecturer in French Studies at Leeds since 2003.

Main areas of research: the work of Roland Barthes; francophone literatures (Maghreb, Africa, Caribbean) and comparative literature; the photo-text; the essay and other short forms.

Honorary positions and activities:

·         Editorial board member of Barthes Studies and of Revue Roland Barthes.

·         ‘Habilitation à diriger des recherches’ (HDR), Université de Grenoble.

·         Member of the ‘Equipe Barthes’, at the Institut des textes et manuscrits (ITEM), in the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) in Paris.

·         Advisor on the editorial board of Francophone Postcolonial Studies.

Recent publications include:

·         Roland Barthes, Reaktion Press, ‘Critical Lives’ series, 2015.

·         ‘Marking a Writer’s Centenary ... Backwards? The Case of Roland Barthes, 1915-1980’, Forum for Modern Language Studies, 51:4 (October 2015), special number ‘The 15s’, ed. Robin Mackenzie.

·         ‘Classé, surclasser, déclassé; or, Roland Barthes, Classification without Class’, L’Esprit Créateur 55:4 (Winter 2015), special number on Roland Barthes, eds. Tom Baldwin, Katia Haustein, Lucy O’Meara.

·         ‘Roland Barthes’s Travels in China: Writing A Diary of Dissidence within Dissidence?’, Textual Practice 30:2, special number ‘Deliberations: The Journals of Roland Barthes’, ed. Neil Badmington (February 2016), to be republished in book form by Routledge in 2017.


In press:

·         Contributions to the Dictionnaire Barthes, to be published by Honoré Champion in 2016, Claude Coste ed.

·         ‘Roland Barthes, journaliste de gauche. Les Lettres nouvelles et Théâtre Populaire, 1953-1956’, in Revue Roland Barthes, special number on Barthes’s journalism, Jacqueline Guittard and Magalie Nachtergael eds. (Winter 2016).


Current Projects:

·         ‘« L’Histoire ne peut pas marcher contre l’Histoire ». Roland Barthes et l’antistalinisme, 1946-1953’, article currently being finished.

·         ‘Barthes Menippean Moment: Creative Criticism, 1966-1970’. Chapter emerging from British Academy centenary conference.

·         Article on Roland Barthes and the dialectic, to appear in Barthes Studies 3 (2017).

·         Invited speaker at the Université de Limoges, 14 December 2016. Paper on: ‘Le Photo-essai : vers une définition plus restreinte ?’.

·         Paper to be given at the Gérard Macé conference, université de Grenoble-Alpes, 16-18 November 2016, on: ‘Forme et nonpareille dans La photographie sans appareil de Gérard Macé’.

New project: ‘The Power of the Word’. Using Roland Barthes’s postgraduate dissertation from 1941 on evocations and incantations in ancient Greek theatre (soon to be published in France), this new project looks at the word and its power, in all of its manifestations.