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Professor Edward Hughes


Professor of French

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8308
Room Number: Arts One 1.39
Office Hours: Feedback and advice hours (semester B teaching weeks): Monday 11-12, Wednesday 11-12


Edward J. Hughes has research interests in the field of twentieth-century French and Francophone literature, specialising in the socio-critical reading of work by a range of authors, including Marcel Proust, Albert Camus, Jean Genet and Mohammed Dib. He is a former Vice-President and President of the Society for French Studies. He is currently working on the contemporary French thinker Jacques Rancière.



Books and Edited Volumes

1983 Marcel Proust: a Study in the Quality of Awareness. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (paperback reprint, 2010)

1995 Albert Camus, 'Le Premier Homme'/'La Peste'. Glasgow: University of Glasgow French and German Publications

1998 & Peter Dunwoodie (eds). Constructing Memories: Camus, Algeria and 'Le Premier Homme'. Stirling: Stirling French Publications

2001 Writing Marginality in Modern French Literature: from Loti to Genet. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (second edition, 2006)

2007 (editor) The Cambridge Companion to Camus. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

2011 Proust, Class, and Nation. Oxford: Oxford University Press

2015 Albert Camus. London: Reaktion Books (reprinted 2016); in collaboration with Chicago University Press.

[The book was awarded the Franco-British Society Literary Prize in April 2016 and is currently being translated into Chinese; scheduled publication (with Peking University Press), September 2018.]

2005 c. 30,000-word contribution (7 main articles, 20 short articles, 12 notes). In Dictionnaire Marcel Proust (eds Annick Bouillaguet and Brian Rogers). Paris: Champion; volume awarded the Prix Emile Faguet of the Académie Française.


Articles and book chapters

1. 1983 '"La vérité est carrée": Reflections on Camus's Le Renégat ou un esprit confus', La Chouette, 10: 76-86

2. 1984 'Proust's "petits personnages barométriques"', in Humanitas: Studies in Honour of Henri Godin (ed Robert McBride). Belfast: Modern Languages Association of Northern Ireland, pp. 125-35

3. 1986 'Space and Place in Duras's L'Amant', La Chouette, 15: 35-45

4. 1993 'Parisian Pastoral in A la recherche du temps perdu', Romance Studies, 22, 17-25

5. 1994 'Meaning, Money and Knowledge: a Reading of Balzac's La Recherche de l'absolu', Romance Studies, 23: 31-42

6. 1994 'Prisons and Pleasures of the Mind: a Comparative Reading of Cervantes and Proust', in Cervantes and the Modernists. The Question of Influence (ed Edwin Williamson). London: Tamesis, pp. 55-72

7. 1994-95 'Sexual Topographies in Proust's Recherche'. Journal of the Institute of Romance Studies, 3: 205-14

8. 1995 'The Mapping of Homosexuality in Proust's Recherche', Paragraph: A Joumal of Modem Critical Theory, 18 ii: 148-62

9. 1998 'Introduction' and ‘"Tranquillement monstrueux": Violence and Kinship in Le Premier Homme’, in Constructing memories: Camus, Algeria and 'Le Premier Homme' (Peter Dunwoodie and E. Hughes eds). Stirling: Stirling French Publications, 6 (1998), v-viii + 21-32

10. 1999 'Proustian Metamorphosis: the Art of Distortion in A la recherche du temps perdu', Modern Language Review, 94.3: 660-72

11. 1999 'Building the Colonial Archive: the Case of Camus's Le Premier Homme', Dissident Algeria, special number of Research in African Literatures, 30.3: 176-93

12. 2000 'Entre la banalité et la marginalité: refus et quête du sens dans La Vie matérielle de Marguerite Duras'. In Lectures de Duras (ed Brian Stimpson), Dalhousie French Studies, 50: 117-27

13. 2000 'Cultural Stereotyping: Segalen against Loti'. In Segalen: Reading Diversity / Lectures du Divers (eds Charles Forsdick and Susan Marson). Glasgow: University of Glasgow French and German Publications, pp. 25-38

14. 2001 'Proust and Social Spaces'. In The Cambridge Companion to Proust (ed Richard Bales). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 151-67

15. 2001 'Marcel Proust'. In Encyclopaedia of Life Writing (ed Margaretta Jolly). London: Fitzroy Dearborn, pp. 730-33

16. 2003 'Cataclysm at One Remove: the War in Le Temps retrouvé'. In Approaches to Teaching Proust's Fiction and Criticism (ed Elyane Dezon­Jones). New York: Modern Language Association of America, pp. 38-43

17. 2003 'The Good Cause'. Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 2.1: 79-82

18. 2003 'Textual and Tribal Assimilation: Representing Jewishness in A la recherche du temps perdu'. Jewish Culture and History, 6.1 (Summer 2003), 152-73

18a 2004 [item 18 also published as book chapter. In The Image of the Jew in European Liberal Culture (eds Bryan Cheyette and Nadia Valman). London: Frank Cass/Vallentine Mitchell, pp.152-73]

19. 2004 'Exotic Drift: Pierre Loti between Contemporaneity and Anteriority'. In Eastern Voyages, Western Visions: French Writing and Painting of the Orient (ed Margaret Topping). Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 241-64

20. 2005 'Haunted and Haemorrhaging: the Representation of Violence in Mohammed Dib's La Nuit sauvage', French Studies, LIX, 1, 63-69

21. 2005 'L'ordre social dans Combray'. In Marcel Proust Aujourd'hui,

3: 63-80

22. 2005 ‘"Sous un signe double": Language and Identity in Assia Djebar's L'Amour, la fantasia'. In Challenges of Translation in French Literature (ed Richard Bales). Bern: Lang, pp. 221-35

23. 2007 '"Le prélude d'une sorte de mort historique": Underpinning Assimilation in Camus's Chroniques Algériennes’. L'Esprit Créateur, 47.1: 7-18

24. 2009 'A Witness on the Edge: Jean Genet and the Shatila Massacres'. In Aesthetics of Dislocation in French and Francophone Literature and Art: Strategies of Representation (eds Daisy Connon et al.). Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, pp. 53-68

25. 2009 'Hierarchies'. In 'Le Temps retrouvé': Eighty Years After / 80 ans après: Critical Essays / Essais critiques (ed Adam Watt). Berlin: Peter Lang, pp. 117- 31

26. 2010 '"Sur un point solitaire du globe": Camus, Algeria, Conflict and Art'. Expressions maghrébines, 9.2: 135-50

27. 2010 'Perspectives sur la culture populaire dans l'oeuvre de Proust'. In Morales de Proust, Cahiers de littérature française IX-X (eds Mariolina Bertini and Antoine Compagnon). Bergamo: Bergamo University Press/Paris: L'Harmattan, 69-82

28. 2010 'Albert Camus'. In Encyclopaedia of the Bible and Its Reception, vol 3. Berlin / New York: Walter de Gruyter.

29. 2011 'On the Nation and its Culture: Proust, Barrès and Daniel Halévy'. In Au seuil de la modernité: Proust, la littérature et les arts. Essays in Memory of Richard Bales (eds Nigel Harkness and Marion Schmid). Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 129-48

30. 2011 'Pierre Michon, "Small Lives", and the Terrain of Art', Romance Studies, 29.2: 67-79


31. 2013 ‘Expérience et connaissance du quotidien dans l’oeuvre de Camus’. In Albert Camus au quotidien (eds André Benhaïm and Aymeric Glacet). Lille: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2013, pp. 159-75

32. 2013 ‘Politics and Class’. In Marcel Proust in Context (ed Adam Watt). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 160-66

33. 2013 ‘The Dreyfus Affair’. In Marcel Proust in Context (ed Adam Watt). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 167-73

34. 2014 ‘Lacunary knowledge in Sebald and Proust’. Modern Language Review, 109.1, 15-34

35. 2014 ‘“Les lignes vaines et solitaires de mon écriture”: “Word” and “World” in Proust’s Recherche’. Romanic Review, 105.3/4: 201-13

36. 2014 ‘Proust, Benda et “la passion nationale”. In Proust écrivain de la Première Guerre mondiale (eds Philippe Chardin and Nathalie Mauriac-Dyer). Dijon: Editions Universitaires de Dijon, pp. 101-109

37. 2015 ‘“Cette ignorance si envahissante”: Oblivion, Posterity, Art’, Marcel Proust Aujourd’hui, 12: 18-34

38. 2016 'The Renewal of Narrative in the wake of Proust'. In The Cambridge Companion to French Literature (ed John D. Lyons). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 187-203

39. 2016 ‘“Et la raison vacilla”’: Sociality as Burden in Tahar Djaout and Mohammed Dib’. In Lucidity: Essays in Honour of Alison Finch (eds Ian James and Emma Wilson). Cambridge and Abingdon: Legenda (MHRA and Routledge), pp. 157-68

40. 2016 ‘Nation et Narration dans Du côtê de chez Swann’. In ‘Du côtê de chez Swann’ ou le cosmopolitisme d’un roman français (eds Antoine Compagnon and Nathalie Mauriac-Dyer). Paris: Honoré Champion, pp. 189-201

41. 2017 ‘“Cette fermeture du sens sur quoi, migrant, je bute”: Crossing Cultures in Mohammed Dib’, Contemporary French and  Francophone Studies, 21.3: 298-305

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