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Dr Owen Heathcote

PositionHonorary Visiting Reader in Modern French Studies
LocationRoom T01.01, Ashfield Building
Academic SchoolSchool of Social and International Studies
Department or DivisionSocial Sciences and Criminal Justice
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 23 4623

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Research Interests (key words only)

Sexuality, Gender, Violence

Study History

  • BA (Honours French and German, King’s College London)
  • AKC (Associate of King’s College, London)
  • PhD (King’s College, London and Royal Holloway College, London)
  • PGCE (TEFL, University of London Institute of Education)
  • Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques

Professional Activities

Groupe d’Études balzaciennes (Conseil d’administration). Groupe international de recherches balzaciennes (Conseil d’administration). Société des Amis de Balzac et de la Maison de Balzac. Society for French Studies. Société des études romantiques et dix-neuviémistes. 

Research Areas

Modern and Contempory French Literature: The Representation of Sexuality, Gender and Violence. Gender and Violence in the Press, Film and Television

Current Projects

The Cambridge Companion to Honoré de Balzac (edited with Andrew Watts)

Research Collaborations

Member of Editorial Team, Dictionnaire Balzac, ed. by Éric Bordas(Garnier)


Books and Special Issues

  • From Bad Boys to New Men? Masculinity, Sexuality and Violence in the Work of Éric Jourdan (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2014).
  • Balzac and Violence. Representing History, Space, Sexuality and Death in ‘La Comédie humaine’ (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009).
  • (Editor, with Clare Beckett and Marie Macey), Negotiating Boundaries. Identities, Sexualities, Diversities (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007).
  • (Editor, with Renate Günther), ‘Gays and Lesbians in Contemporary France: Politics, Media, Sexualities’, Modern and Contemporary France, 14.3, August 2006.
  • (Editor), ‘Murdering Marianne? Violence, Gender and Representation in French Literature and Film’, South Central Review, 19.4-20.1, Winter 2002-Spring 2003.
  • (Editor, with Maggie Allison), Forty Years of the Fifth French Republic: Actions, Dialogues and Discourses (Oxford: Peter Lang, 1999).
  • (Editor, with Alex Hughes and James S. Williams), Gay Signatures. Gay and Lesbian Theory, Fiction and Film in France 1945-1995 (Oxford: Berg, 1998).

Articles and Chapters (Honoré de Balzac)

  • ‘Post-Queer Balzac? Une passion dans le désert’, French Studies Bulletin, No. 127, 34.2 (Summer 2013), 26-29.
  • ‘Honoré de Balzac’s « vision » of Paris’, in The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Paris, ed. by Anna-Louise Milne (Cambridge: CUP, 2013), pp. 71-84.
  • ‘Le Bureau comme sociotope balzacien: du “Colonel Chabert” aux “Employés”’, L’Année balzacienne 2013, pp. 309-25.
  • ‘Balzac entre fantaisie et fantasme. L’exemple de La Fille aux yeux d’or’, L’Année balzacienne 2012, pp. 181-99.
  • ‘Balzac Between Work and Play: Les Comédiens sans le savoir’, Nottingham French Studies, 51.2 (Summer 2012), 136-46.
  • ‘Balzac’s « mal d’archive »? « Lieux de mémoire » in Le Lys dans la vallée’, in Mapping Memory in Nineteenth-Century French Literature and Culture, ed. by Susan Harrow and Andrew Watts (Amsterdam, Rodopi, 2012), pp. 193-207.
  • ‘Portrait d’un artiste en contre-romancier: le sculpteur balzacien’, L’Année balzacienne 2011, pp. 307-22.
  • ‘Balzac le fataliste? Matérialisme historique et violence matérielle dans Sur Catherine de Médicis et Le Réquisitionnaire’, in Un matérialisme balzacien?, sous la direction d’Éric Bordas et al, site du GIRB:
  • ‘La Lettre d’adieu comme protocole de lecture chez Balzac’, L’Année balzacienne 2010, pp. 79-96.
  • ‘État présent: Honoré de Balzac’, French Studies, 64.4 (October 2010), 463-70.
  • ‘Balzac and Theory, Balzac as Theory’, Paragraph, 32.2 (July 2009), 197-213.
  • ‘Gérer l’altérité? Le travail du corps dans les Études analytiques’, in Balzac. L’aventure analytique, ed. by Claire Barel-Moisan and Christèle Couleau (Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire: Christian Pirot, 2009), pp. 215-27.
  • ‘Devoir de mémoire, devoir d’oubli. D’Un épisode sous la Terreur à Un drame au bord de la  mer’, L’Année balzacienne 2007, pp. 91-103.
  • ‘The Lesbian as « femme-écran »? Balzac’s La Fille aux yeux d’or and Akerman’s La Captive’, in Lesbian Inscriptions in Francophone Society and Culture, ed. by Renate Günther and Wendy Michallat (Durham: Durham University Press, 2007), pp. 27-44.
  • ‘(Auto)-portrait d’un artiste en courtisane. Le travail du sexe et le sexe du travail dans les Lettres à Madame Hanska’, in Paratextes balzaciens. ‘La Comédie humaineen ses marges, ed. by Roland Le Huenen and Andrew Oliver (Toronto: Centre d’Études du XIXe siècle Joseph Sablé, 2007), pp. 179-90.

Articles and Chapters (Sexuality, Gender, Violence)

  • ‘Beyond Antoinette Fouque (Il y a deux sexes) and Beyond Virginie Despentes (King Kong théorie)? Anne Garréta’s Sphinxes’, in Women’s Writing in Twenty-First-Century France. Life as Literature, ed. by Amaleena Damlé and Gill Rye (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2013), pp. 225-36.
  • ‘Queering French Gay Identities? Éric Jourdan’s Aux gémonies’, in Une et divisible? Plural Identities in Modern France, ed. by Barbara Lebrun and Jill Lovecy (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010), pp. 223-38.
  • ‘Autobiography, Sexuality and Identity in Pierre Guyotat’s Formation and Arrière-fond, French Studies Bulletin, 31.3 (No 116) (Autumn 2010), 46-49.
  • ‘Not I? Framing Gay Identity in Confessions d’un inverti-né and Moi, Pierre Seel, déporté homosexuel’, French Studies Bulletin, 31.1 (No 114) (Spring 2010), 6-10.
  • ‘Queer Nation, Queer Alienation? Avatars of Monsieur Vénus’, in Alienation and Alternity. Otherness in Modern and Contemporary Francophone Contexts, ed. by Helen Vassallo and Paul Cooke (Oxford: Peter Lang), 2009, pp. 33-58.
  • ‘Solidarity in Pariahdom? Oppression and Self-Oppression in Gay Representations in France’, in At the Border. Margins and Peripheries in Modern France, ed. by Henrice Altink and Sharif Gemie (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2008), pp. 175-90.
  • ‘Homoerotic French Fraternities? Contesting Sexual Boundaries’, in Negotiating Boundaries. Identities, Sexualities, Diversities, ed. by Clare Beckett, Owen Heathcote and Marie Macey(Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007), pp. 129-40.
  • ‘Beyond Sexuality? Éric Jourdan’s Le Songe d’Alcibiade’, French Studies Bulletin, 28.4 (No. 105), Winter 2007, 82-85.
  • ‘The Revolutionary Poetics of Pierre Guyotat’, Nottingham French Studies, 46.1, Spring 2007, 84-96.
  • ‘Coming Out of the Family? Julien Green’s Jeunesse (1974), Hervé Guibert’s Mes parents (1986) and Christophe Honoré’s L’Infamille (1997)’, in Affaires de famille. The Family in Contemporary French Culture and Theory, ed. by Marie-Claire Barnet and Edward Welch (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007), pp. 105-119.
  • ‘The Personal and the Political: Algeria, Violence, Gender and Writing in Marie Cardinal, Hélène Cixous and Assia Dejbar’, in Marie Cardinal. New Perspectives, ed. by Emma Webb (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2006), pp. 53-69.
  • ‘Universalism and Gay Identities in France’, in Globalization and Identity. Development and Integration in a Changing World, ed. by Alan Carling (London: Taurus, 2006), pp. 221-34.