I studied for my Licence (Lettres modernes) and a Maîtrise on Imagery in one of Julien Gracq’s novels at the University of Nancy II. My PhD thesis, a linguistic and stylistic study of enumeration in 20th century French Literature, was completed at the University of Birmingham under Jo Reed’s supervision. When I became a Lecturer in 1979 and, in 1998, a Senior Lecturer, my interest in literary stylistics and non-literary discourse (press and advertising) remained alive but gradually gave way to a stronger commitment to literary studies – particularly French narrative literature of the 20th century onwards (especially Gracq, Modiano, Le Clézio, Bauchau) with a focus on forms of narrative, memory and representation of war.
I also took an interest in late 19th century/early 20th century urban and regional cultural memory and representation (exhibitions, cultural practice particularly in connection with Lorraine during the Belle Époque).
During my full-time career I taught on a vast range of language and literature courses at all levels, as well as modules in visual culture and discourse analysis.