Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry


Mr James Agar

Mr James Agar



150, French department
Foster Court


  • Senior Lecturer
    Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL


James Agar is interested in modern and contemporary fiction; cultural discourses of AIDS, especially in the work of Hervé Guibert; cultural theory, especially the work of Foucault; cultural studies; gender studies, especially gay studies and queer theory; comparative literature, especially French and Hispanic writing; medical humanities, especially literature and medicine;contemporary gay/queer cinema. 

James has recently taught two cross-cultural and comparative ELCS modules: one on the short story of modernism and another on theories of modernity and practices of modernism. James currently teaches: an interdepartmental, final year option on representations of HIV/AIDS; seminars on the first year 'Reading french Texts' module; a second year module on literary theory (Foucault and Barthes), and; a final year French department module on AIDS discourses and literary representations of HIV/AIDS in France. He also contributes teaching to the core courses of MA programmes in Language, Culture and History, Comparative Literature and Gender Studies. He currently supervises PhD candidates in the field of queer studies. James is the SELCS Programme Tutor for interdepartmental ELCS modules.
Award year Qualification Institution
1994 MA
Master of Arts
Modern Languages (French and Spanish)
University of Manchester
1993 BA
Bachelor of Arts
Modern Languages (French and Spanish)
University College London

James was an undergraduate student in French and Spanish at UCL and did graduate work in the Universities of Manchester and London. Prior to his current post at UCL, James was previously Lecturer in French at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He is a cricket fan.

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