Professor Mairéad Hanrahan

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Professor of French

Research areas:
Twentieth- and twenty-first-century French writing; gender and genre and, more generally, the relationship between literature and theory (especially in its psychoanalytical, poststructuralist and feminist forms); literature and mathematics; trauma studies; women’s writing; Jean Genet; Hélène Cixous

Recent and Forthcoming Publications include:

‘Le Cru et les cuisses: Écrire à l’adresse de l’Amérique’, Études Françaises, 51:1, 2015.

‘Une Écriture retorse: La réponse de Genet à ses juges’, French Studies 68, 2014.

‘La Rhétorique du silence dans l’écriture de Genet,’ Cahier Genet, Cahiers de l’Herne, (éd.) Albert Dichy, Paris, 2014.

‘Espèces de travestissements et travestissement de l’espèce dans l’écriture de Genet’, Modern Language Notes 128:4, September 2013.

Cixous, Derrida, Psychoanalysis (edited, with Mark Dawson and Eric Prenowitz), Paragraph, 36:2, 2013.

‘Reading Life: Cixous’s Poetics of the Changing’, Skrift som livstegn: Festskrift til Sissel Lee, edited by Ingvild Folkvord,  Priscilla Ringrose and Ingfrid Thowsen, Trondheim, Akademika forlag, 2012, pp. 153-61.

‘Portrait de l’artiste en jeune homme’, Jean Genet, toujours en fuite, numéro spécial, Spirale, Spring 2012, pp.

‘Proper Numbers’, Zahlen, Zeichen und Figuren: Mathematische Inspirationen in Kunst und Literatur [Numbers, Signs, and Figures: Mathematical Inspirations in Literature and the Arts], (eds.) Andrea Albrecht, Werner Frick and Gesa von Essen, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, 2011, pp. 529-42.

‘Derrida héritier de Genet?’, Jean Genet: Lectures en héritage, numéro special, Méthode ! Revue de littératures française et comparée, Autumn 2011, pp. 53-58.

‘Rêver cru’, Rêver croire penser: Autour d’Hélène Cixous, (eds.) Marta Segarra and Bruno Clément, Hermann, Paris, 2010, pp. 226-238.



Other publications include:

Lire Genet: Une poétique de la différence, Presses de l’Université de Montréal (Montréal) and Presses Universitaires de Lyon (Lyon), 1997, 236 pp.

Genet (edited), Edinburgh University Press (Edinburgh), 2004 [first published as a special issue of Paragraph, 27:2], 145 pp.

Literature and the Mathematical, Special Issue, Journal of Romance Studies, 7:3, 2007, 146 pp.

Cixous’s Semi-Fictions, forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press (Edinburgh).

To read Mairéad's Inaugural Lecture entitled "A Chat about Cats, Cathedrals and Chairs", please click here

To access the podcast of her UCL Lunchtime lecture "Deconstruction today" please click here



Office: room 109,1-4 Malet Place

Office hours: Monday 11:30am - 1:30pm


Tel: 020 7679 3149
Internal extension: 33149

email: m.hanrahan@ucl.ac.uk