Dr Sarah Fishwick BA, MPhil, PhD

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Department of Modern Languages
Language Tutor in French Studies
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Contact details

Ashley Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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



  • BA (Birmingham)
  • MPhil (Birmingham)
  • PhD (Birmingham)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


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 teaching across all years of the programme, particularly in modules focusing on employability skills for translators and careers in the language services industry. I deliver sessions on audio description as part of the Final Year of the Translation Studies pathway and co-deliver a module on our MA in Translation devoted to Multimodal Translation. I also lecture on the work of French writers and filmmakers, especially contemporary authors such as Amélie Nothomb and Nina Bouraoui. I am interested in the diverse technical innovations within writing by women authors, as well as questions surrounding the reception and marketing of their work.

In March 2020, I was awarded a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.


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.

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