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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); the photo-text; the essay and other short forms.
Honorary positions and awards:
Habilitation à diriger des recherches (HDR), Université de Grenoble, 2011.
Editorial board member of Barthes Studies and of Revue Roland Barthes.
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, dialecticien? En dernière instance?, in Roland Barthes: continuités (Christian Bourgois 2017), ed. Jean-Pierre Bertrand. English version in online journal Barthes Studies no.3 (November 2017).
« LHistoire ne pourra jamais marcher contre lHistoire ». Roland Barthes et lantistalinisme, 1946-1953, Littérature 186:2 (June 2017).
Roland Barthess Menippean Moment: Creative Criticism, 1966-1970, in a centenary volume to be published by the British Academy, ed. Diana Knight.
Forme et nonpareille dans La photographie sans appareil de Gérard Macé, in the Actes du Colloque Gérard Macé, eds. Claude Coste and Ridha Boulaâbi.
Paper on the French-Moroccan poet Abdellatif Laâbi, at the Maison Française, Oxford, 20-21 February 2018.
Key-note speaker at a conference on Le Phototexte engagé, at the Maison des Sciences de lHomme, Paris, 31 May-2 June 2018.
Chapter on Abdelkebir Khatibi and the Souffles years, for a volume co-edited by Khalid Lyamlahy and Jane Hiddleston, to be published by Liverpool University Press.
Invited speaker to INALCO Paris, 14 November 2018, paper on strategies of writing in Roland Barthess L'Empire des signes
The Power of the Word. New project on Roland Barthess postgraduate dissertation from 1941, Evocations and Incantations in Ancient Greek Theatre (soon to be published in France); including editing a special number of the online journal Barthes Studies (no.5, November 2019) on Barthes and Greece. The Power of the Word is also the title of a research seminar series at the University of Leeds (2017-2018), with papers by Kiff Bamford, Kathryn Crabtree, Calum Gardner, Paul Wilson.
Interview: Video-Debate on Roland Barthes, with Jonathan Culler (December 2017), available on the Cosmoetica website: http://www.cosmoetica.com/DSVI3.htm