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); 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).

• ‘« L’Histoire ne pourra jamais marcher contre l’Histoire ». Roland Barthes et l’antistalinisme, 1946-1953’, Littérature 186:2 (June 2017).

Appearing soon:

• ‘Roland Barthes’s 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.


Current Projects:

• 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 l’Homme, 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 Barthes’s L'Empire des signes

• ‘The Power of the Word’. New project on Roland Barthes’s 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