My current research interests lie in forms of memory as expressed in French Literature of the second half of the 20th century and beyond, with a particular interest in Julien Gracq, Patrick Modiano, J.M.G. Le Clézio and Henry Bauchau. I am working specifically on how a writer’s persona, considered via psychoanalytical theory (including transgenerational analysis and Cyrulnik’s ethological approach), embodied experience, particularly in the case of difficult or violent events, and the role of memory – both individual and collective/cultural – can together be linked to specific forms of imaginary representation, be it patterns of narrative, imagery or myth. Researching what traces 20th-century wars (1st and 2nd World Wars and Algerian War) have left on the literary forms chosen by specific writers is at the core of the book project I am currently writing. Another secondary project is focused on memory and cultural practice at the turn of the 19th century and during the Belle Époque in Nancy and Lorraine, as reflected in a number of figures (Lucien Wiener, Louis Laffitte) who played key roles within the cultural and economic landscape of the region at that time.
I published a book and several articles on literary stylistics, as well as articles on advertising and on urban discourse. More recently I have published a range of articles and book chapters on the four literary figures I am researching, as well as a monograph on Julien Gracq.