Prof C M Howells

Christina M. Howells, M.A. (B.A., Ph.D. London), Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques
Professor of French, Fellow of Wadham College
Address:  Wadham College, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PN


Christina Howells’s research work centres on Continental philosophy, literary theory, and twentieth-century French literature. She is particularly interested in post-war French thought, for example Sartre, Derrida, Lacan, Lyotard, Foucault, Levi-Strauss and Levinas. She has also published with Routledge a Reader of articles by twenty-eight contemporary French women philosophers. Her latest monograph explores ideas of subjectivity and mortality in late twentieth-century French thought, and, together with Gerald Moore, she has recently co-edited a collection of essays on Bernard Stiegler for EUP .


French Literature of 19th and more especially 20th centuries; Literary Theory; and Recent French Thought.

Graduate Teaching

Christina gives seminars in Literary Theory for the MSt; she also teaches 20C French Thought for the MSt. She is happy to consider applicants for doctoral supervision in a variety of aspects of her research areas, and especially Sartre, Derrida, and theories of subjectivity.

Major Publications

Stiegler and Technics (Edinburgh, 2012)

Mortal Subjects: passions of the soul in late twentieth-century French thought. (Polity, 2011)

French Women Philosophers, A Contemporary Reader: Subjectivity, Identity, Alterity (Routledge, 2004)

Derrida: Deconstruction from Phenomenology to Ethics (Polity Press, 1998)

The Cambridge Companion to Sartre (Cambridge University Press, 1992)

Sartre: the Necessity of Freedom, (Cambridge University Press, 1988)

Sartre’s Theory of Literature (MHRA, 1979)

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