Prof A M Jefferson

Ann Jefferson, M.A., D.Phil, FBA. Commandeur dans l’ordre des palmes académiques
Professor of French, Fellow and Tutor of New College

Feb-June 2016 : Fellowship, Institut d’études avancées, Paris


Ann Jefferson’s research interests lie in the field of C19th and C20th fiction, autobiography, criticism and theory. Her most recent book is Genius in France: An Idea and its Uses (2015), and she is currently working on a biography of Nathalie Sarraute. She has supervised doctoral theses on Michel Leiris, Nathalie Sarraute, Céline, Beckett, Marguerite Duras, Mikhail Bakhtin, Christine Brooke-Rose, the essay as form, the relations between the nouveau roman and the nouvelle vague, the realist novel, and a number of topics in literary theory and life-writing.


French Language and Literature, especially C19th and C20th French prose. She lectures on topics in the C19th and C20th.

Graduate Teaching

C20th Life-writing



Genius in France: An Idea and its Uses (Princeton University Press, 2015)

Le Défi biographique (Presses universitaires de France, 2012) [Frenh translation of Biogtaphy and the Question of Literature in France, 2007, by Cécile Dudouyt

Biography and the Question of Literature in France (Oxford University Press, 2007)

Stendhal: La Chartreuse de Parme (Grant & Cutler, 2003)

Nathalie Sarraute, Fiction and Theory: Questions of Difference (Cambridge University Press, 2000)

Reading Realism in Stendhal (Cambridge University Press, 1988)

With David Robey and others, Modern Literary Theory: A Comparative Introduction (Batsford, 1982, revised and enlarged edition, 1986)

The Nouveau Roman and the Poetics of Fiction (Cambridge University Press, 1980)





Nathalie Sarraute, Critique, Les Fruits d’or, Entre la vie et la mort, Enfance in Œuvres complètes, under the general editorship of Jean-Yves Tadié in the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade  (Gallimard Pléiade, 1996)

Stendhal, The Red and the Black (Everyman Paperbacks, 1996)

Stendhal, The Charterhouse of Parma (Everyman, 1992)



Pierre Michon, Winter Mythologies and Abbots (Yale University Press, 2014)




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