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Christina M. Howells, M.A. (B.A., Ph.D. London), Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques
Professor of French, Fellow of Wadham College


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)