Dr Jonathan Lewis
Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies
Phone: 01248 382119
Office location: Room 449, Main Arts Building
- Conflict and Remembrance in Franco-Algerian Literature, 1981-1999 PhD (University of Exeter)
- Literary Translation MA (University of Exeter)
- French BA
I completed a BA in French at the University of Exeter in 2006 and went on to do an MA in Literary Translation and a PhD in French Studies, both also at Exeter, graduating in 2012. Following completion of my doctorate, I worked as a Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth for a year and then as a University Teacher in French at the University of Liverpool for five years. I arrived at Bangor as Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies in the summer of 2018.
My PhD thesis was on themes of conflict and remembrance as represented in literary texts by French writers of Algerian origin. In October 2018, I published a book with University of Wales Press, entitled The Algerian War in French/Algerian Writing: Literary Sites of Memory, which built on my doctoral research. As well as having worked on the theme of memory and representations of war, I have also published on the topics of mobility and immobility and my current research focuses on representations of prisons and incarceration in the francophone world.
I teach on and coordinate a wide variety of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including core French language modules, modules on the history, cultures and society of France and the francophone world, as well as co-taught cross-departmental modules offered in the School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics. I am also Year Abroad Coordinator for French and I supervise a number of final-year dissertation students, as well as one PhD student.
I currently teach on the following modules:
- French for Beginners (first year)
- Creating National Histories (first year)
- Paris (second year)
- Race and Immigration in France (second year)
- French Language Skills and Translation (final year)
- Press Dossier (final year)
- France and the Mediterranean (final year)
- Approaching Translation (final year)
- Research Methods (MA)
My research interests lie in the broad field of Francophone Postcolonial Studies, with a particular focus on literary representation. Having worked extensively on texts authored by French writers of Algerian origin, specifially on representations of the Algerian War of Independence (1954-62) and the way in which the war has been remembered in France, as well as on issues of integration, immigration, mobility and immobility, I have now begun research on prisons and incarceration in the francophone world. This new project encapsulates the history of French penal colonies, such as Guyana and New Caledonia, post-independence dictatorships in the francophone world, and representations of the prison in contemporary France.
- The Algerian War in French/Algerian WritingLewis, J 2018, The Algerian War in French/Algerian Writing: Literary Sites of Memory. French and Francophone Studies, University of Wales Press, Cardiff.
- Towards transcolonial francophone connectionsLewis, J 2018, 'Towards transcolonial francophone connections: Representations of mobility and immobility in Bel-Avenir by Akli Tadjer', Francosphères, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 87-101. https://doi.org/10.3828/franc.2018.6
- Filling in the BlanksLewis, J 2012, 'Filling in the Blanks: Memories of 17 October 1961 in Leïla Sebbar's La Seine était rouge', Modern and Contemporary France, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 307-322. https://doi.org/10.1080/09639489.2012.669749
- Good Guys and Bad GuysLewis, J 2012, Good Guys and Bad Guys: The Battle of Algiers and The Dark Knight Rises..
- Identity and Identification in Azouz Begag's Le Gone du Chaâba and Béni ou le paradis privéLewis, J 2010, 'Identity and Identification in Azouz Begag's Le Gone du Chaâba and Béni ou le paradis privé', FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts, no. 11.