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Professor Susan Harrow

Susan Harrow is Ashley Watkins Professor of French. She joined Bristol in 2007 from an established Chair at the University of Sheffield.  Her research and teaching interests lie in the later-nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially poetry and the novel with a particular focus on the interrelation of literary modernism and visual culture. She published The Material, the Real and the Fractured Self: Subjectivity and Representation from Rimbaud to Réda (University of Toronto Press, 2004). Her most recent book is Zola. the Body Modern: Pressures and Prospects of Representation (Legenda, 2010). She is currently completing a monograph study of how writers write colour.  She served as President of the Society for French Studies (2010-12). In 2011 she was awarded the rank of Officier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques for services to French culture. She is the immediate past President of the Society of Dix-Neuviemistes.


Increasingly, undergraduates are keen to extend their studies into Postgraduate work, with all the intellectual, personal and professional benefits this brings. She would be delighted to hear from prospective postgraduates (that is, undergraduates at any stage) who are keen to pursue projects in the areas of later-nineteenth- and earlier-twentieth-century French literature, possibly with a visual culture component. She is convenor of the MA (pathway) Visual Culture: Text and Image.

Her specialist Undergraduate units are all interdisciplinary in nature and involve narrative, poetry, visual culture, theatre and critical thought:

  • FREN 20041: Paris 1857–1897: Image and Text
  • FREN 30096: Around Cubism
  • FREN 30040: Surrealism: Disruptive Desire in Textual and Visual Culture