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Neil Malloy

Languages and Literature, University of Warwick

Thesis title:

Peripheral vision: the aesthetics of political marginality in contemporary French fiction.

My research explores how the contemporary French novel represents lives lived in the shadow of neoliberalism. 

Outside France’s globally-connected cities can be found a population which feels ignored, invisible and alienated. My thesis examines how the contemporary French novel brings into focus the lives of those who have been pushed to society’s edges in the socio-economic situation that has come to dominate the country since the turn of the 21st Century. I explore fictional works by writers including Maylis de Kerangal, Olivier Adam, Céline Minard and Joy Sorman.

I draw on the thought of the philosopher and art historian Georges Didi-Huberman, as well as recent thinkers in the social sciences (Michel Foucault, Marc Augé, Christophe Guilluy, etc.) to explore the questions of aesthetic and democratic representation raised by this political invisibility, as well as to think about the possible resistance literature might offer in the face of such marginalization.

Research Area

  • French Studies
  • Languages and Literature


  • "De la disparition d'une lettre : les traductions anglaise et américaine du Ravissement de Lol V. Stein", Cahiers Marguerite Duras, 1, 2021. [Open access article]
  • "L'écrit adressé", "Le Monde extérieur", "La Pute de la côte normande" in Dictionnaire Marguerite Duras, ed. Bernard Alazet and Christiane Blot-Labarrère, Honoré Champion, 2020.

  • "Faire trembler la langue : Traduire L'Amant du français en anglais" in Marguerite Duras. Passages, croisements, rencontres, ed. Olivier Ammour-Mayeur, Florence de Chalonge, Yann Mével and Catherine Rodgers, Classiques Garnier, 2019.

  • "Les ombres du jardin : la mise en scène des marginaux dans le théâtre de Marguerite Duras" in Marguerite Duras : Un théâtre de voix / A Theatre of voices, ed. Mary Noonan and Joëlle Pagès-Pindon, Brill-Rodopi, 2018.
  • "L'endroit et le mot" in Bulletin de la Société Marguerite Duras, no 30, vol 1, 2012, pp. 111-123.

Other Research Interests

20th and 21st Century Literature; Marguerite Duras; Translation Studies; Visual Cultures; History of Art.