Dr Sam Ferguson
My research interests include twentieth-century fiction, life-writing (such as diaries and autobiography), and theoretical issues pertaining to the nature of literature and authorship. I have a particular attachment to the work of André Gide and Roland Barthes.
My doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Diaries Real and Fictional in Twentieth-Century French Writing’ explored, extremely varied forms and practices of diary-writing through the work of André Gide, Jean-Paul Sartre, Raymond Queneau, Roland Barthes, and Annie Ernaux. A historical account follows these developments from the Symbolist aesthetic of Gide’s early works, to the monumental author-œuvre of his Journal 1889–1939, through the so-called ‘Death of the Author’, and return of the subject in the late 1970s, and finishing with the modern field of life-writing. I expect to publish this research as a monograph with OUP.
My current research pursues a number of problems in the work of André Gide and Roland Barthes. I am also undertaking a project exploring the relation between the diary and the literary œuvre since the 1970s. This project is provisionally entitled ‘When is a diary a book?’.
For a complete list of publications, please see my page on Academia.edu.
Articles and chapters
‘Les Discours scientifiques dans l’écriture de soi’, forthcoming in L’Influence souterraine de la science sur la littérature et la philosophie (Paris: Garnier, 2016).
‘Andy Stafford, Roland Barthes’, The Times Literary Supplement, 26 February 2016, 30.