Dr Sarah Fishwick BA, MPhil, PhD

Department of Modern Languages
Language Tutor in French Studies
Programme Lead, French Studies

Contact details

Ashley Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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.


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.