I teach on numerous French language programmes, including final year translation, and lecture on French women’s writing (twentieth century onwards). I am currently Programme Lead for French Studies.
Originally from Hull, I completed a BA in English & French at the University of Birmingham in 1993, followed by an MPhil in French in 1995 and a PhD in 2000, under the supervision of Professor Alex Hughes. Before taking up my current post at Birmingham, I was a visiting lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton.
Sarah Fishwick lectures regularly on the second year French grammar programme. Outside of her language teaching duties, she offers a 10 credit final year option entitled ‘Women’s Writing in France: Post-1980’, and contributes a number of lectures on Simone de Beauvoir and Marie Redonnet to first and second year literature/culture modules. Aside from her teaching duties, she oversees the Year 2 Core French Language module and is convenor for the Law & Business/Social Science with French programmes.
Her doctoral research, published in 2002 as The Body in the Work of Simone de Beauvoir (Bern: Peter Lang), examined gender and corporeality in texts by Simone de Beauvoir. She is also the author of a number of other articles on Beauvoir’s work. Her article, ‘Encounters with Matisse: Space, Art and Intertextuality in A. S. Byatt’s The Matisse Stories and Marie Redonnet’s Villa Rosa’ was published in Modern Language Review in 2004.
The Body in the Work of Simone de Beauvoir (Bern: Peter Lang AG, 2002).
Articles in refereed journals
‘Encounters with Matisse: Space, Art and Intertextuality in A.S. Byatt’s The Matisse Stories and Marie Redonnet’s Villa Rosa’, Modern Language Review, 99 (1) (2004), 52–64.
‘The Elusive "Je": Language and Female Subjectivity in Simone de Beauvoir’s Les Belles Images’, Modern and Contemporary France, 7 (4) (1999), 471–484.
‘Reassessing Beauvoir’s Account of the Body in Le Deuxième Sexe’, Simone de Beauvoir Studies, 16 (2000), 55–68.
Essays in books
‘“Ce sera bientôt l’aube”: Narration and Lexis in Simone de Beauvoir’s Le Sang des autres and Tous les hommes sont mortels’, in Simone de Beauvoir: Gender and Language, edited by Alison T. Holland and Louise Renée (New York: Peter Lang, 2005), pp. 71–95.
‘The Fashioned Body in Simone de Beauvoir’s L’Invitée and Le Sang des autres’, in Corporeal Practices: (Re)figuring the Body in French Studies, edited by Julia Prest and Hannah Thompson (Bern: Peter Lang, 2000), pp.63–78.