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), 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 Barthes.

    • ‘Habilitation à diriger des recherches’ (HDR), an honorary research award given by the Université de Grenoble-Stendhal-III (November 2011).

    • 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.

    • Keynote speaker at the recent conference (June 2015) on ‘Roland Barthes pluriel’, at the University of São Paulo: paper on « Petite mythologie du ‘mwa’: Roland Barthes, était-il, est-il ‘barthésien’ ? ».


    Recent publications include:

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

    • ‘Marking a Writer’s Centenary ... Backwards? The Case of Roland Barthes, 1915-1980’, in Forum for Modern Language Studies, Autumn 2015, special number on ‘15s’, Robin Mackenzie ed. 

    ‘Raymond Depardon and That Photograph, Beirut 1978’, in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies 18:5 (2014), special number ‘War, Memory, Amnesia: Postwar Lebanon’.

    • « Du folklorique à la ‘tricontinentale’ : la revue marocaine Souffles et le Festival d’Alger de 1969 », in Fouad Laroui et Sabine van Wesemael (eds), Littératures d’ailleurs et d’aujourd’hui. Liber amicorum offert à Ieme van der Poel, Lunay: Zellige, 2014, pp. 103-16.

    • « La ‘Francophonie’ chez soi ? Dialectique littéraire de la ‘colonisation linguistique interne’ », in Claude Coste et Daniel Lançon (eds), Perspectives européennes des études littéraires francophones, Paris: Éditions Honoré Champion, 2014, pp. 77-92.

    • « Ethnographie ou orientalisme ? Les ‘portraits’ photographiques de Marc Garanger dans ‘La photo d’identité’ de Leïla Sebbar », in Ridha Boulaâbi (ed), Les Orientaux face aux  « Orientalismes », Paris: Editions Geuthner, 2013, pp. 133-52.

    • « ‘Dynamite explosée dans les arcanes pourries des vieux humanismes.’ A literature of politics or a politics of literature? Souffles, 1966-1972 », in Charles Forsdick and Andy Stafford (eds), La Revue. The Twentieth-Century Periodical in French, Berne: Peter Lang, 2013, pp. 97-114.

    • ‘« Ce que je dois … à Zaghloul Morsy ? » Roland Barthes, poésie marocaine et réticence’, in Ridha Boulaâbi, Claude Coste et Mohamed Lehdahda (dirs), Barthes au Maroc, Meknes: Publications de l’université Moulay Ismaïl, 2013, p. 31-43.

    Current Projects:

    • ‘The Photo-text in French since 1945, with particular emphasis on postcolonial dimensions’ – chapter in press on Aziz Chouaki and Bruno Hadjih’s Avoir vingt ans à Alger, in Ridha Boulaâbi ed., Francophonies Méditerranénnes, Editions Geuthner 2016

    • Article in press: ‘Classé, Surclasser, Déclassé, or, Roland Barthes, Classification without Class’, in L’Esprit Créateur, December 2015, special number on Roland Barthes, Tom Baldwin, Katja Haustein and Lucy O’Meara eds.

    • Speaker at the British Academy Centenary conference on Roland Barthes, London, 1-2 October 2015: paper on ‘Barthes Menippean Moment: Creative Criticism, 1966-1970’.

    • Invited speaker to ‘Barthes à l’Est’ conference, Bucharest, 16-17 October 2015: paper on Barthes anti-stalinism 1947-1960.

    • Article for the Revue Barthes, on Barthes’s journalism in the 1950s in Les Lettres nouvelles and Théâtre Populaire, special number to appear in March 2016, Jacqueline Guittard and Magalie Nachtergael eds.

    • Paper to be given at the ‘Work in France’ conference, London 16-17 April 2016, on the workplace photography of Charles Fréger.

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

    • Invited speaker to the Cerisy conference on Roland Barthes, 17-23 July 2016: paper on ‘Barthes, dialecticien? En dernière instance?’.