Dr Sarah Fishwick BA, MPhil, PhD

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Department of Modern Languages
Language Tutor in French Studies

Contact details

Ashley Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

My specialisms lie in practical language, especially translation, and writing by French and Francophone women authors. I am the Convenor of the BA Modern Languages Translation Studies pathway.


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 on the work of Simone de Beauvoir in 2000, under the supervision of Professor Alex Hughes. I took up my post in 2001 after three years as a visiting lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton. I was Programme Lead for French at Birmingham between 2011 and 2015.


I am involved in language teaching across all years of the programme and contribute a First Year core module to the Translation Studies pathway. I also lecture on the work of twentieth century French writers and filmmakers. My Final Year option 'French Fictions by Women: Tales of Taboo and Transformation' focuses on writing by Marie Darrieussecq, Agnès Desarthe, Nina Bouraoui, and Amélie Nothomb. I am particularly interested in the diverse technical innovations within their work, as well as questions surrounding the reception and marketing of women authors.


I am the author of The Body in the Work of Simone de Beauvoir (Bern: Peter Lang, 2002), a study of the representation of gender and corporeality across Beauvoir's theoretical and fictional writings. I have published articles on the work of Simone de Beauvoir, A.S. Byatt, and Marie Redonnet.


Self-authored books

  • 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.