Dr Roland-Francois Lack


Senior Lecturer in French

Office: rm 106, 1-4 Malet Place

Tel: 020 7679 4423

Internal extension: 34423

Office Hours Term 2: Tuesdays 12-2pm and Fridays 12-2pm or by appointment.

email: r.lack@ucl.ac.uk

Research areas: cinema and locale, particularly London, Paris and Geneva (see his website 'the Cine-Tourist': http://thecinetourist.net); French and Swiss film, particularly Godard, Soutter and Tanner; nineteenth-century poetry and poetics, particularly Gautier, Baudelaire and Lautréamont.

Publications include:

•'A Photograph and a Camera: two objects in Film Socialisme’, Vertigo 30 (Spring 2012):


• ‘A bout de souffle: les intertextes d’un plan’, in Jean-Louis Leutrat (ed.), Cinéma et Littérature: le grand jeu, II (Paris: De l'Incidence, 2011)

• ‘Sex Power: Bernadette Lafont and the Sexual Revolution in French Cinema circa 68’, in Julian Jackson, Anna-Louise Milne and James Williams (eds), Rethinking May 68 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)

• ‘Echoes of the horn: intertextual variations on Vigny', in Naomi Segal and Gill Rye (eds), When Familiar Meanings Dissolve: Essays in Memory of Malcolm Bowie (Oxford/Bern: Peter Lang, 2011)

'Paris nous appartient, Reading Without a Map', Australian Journal of French Studies 47.2 (August 2010):

• 'L'Ecole des correspondances: Lautréamont et Rimbaud', Dix-Neuf, 13 (April 2010)

• 'The Sign of the Map: Cartographic Reading in Rohmer’s Le Signe du Lion’, Senses of Cinema 54 (2010):
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• 'Un écran noir, constellé...', essay accompanying the 2010 Studio Canal blu-ray edition of Godard's Pierrot le fou

• ‘The Swiss Hotel Film’, in D.B. Clarke, V.C. Pfannhauser and M.A. Doel (eds), Moving Pictures/Stopping Places (Lanham MD: Lexington Books, 2009)

• 'First Encounters: French Literature and the Cinematograph’, Film History 20:3 (2008), special issue on Moving Picture Fiction edited by Stephen Bottomore and Richard Koszarski, pp 133-143

• ‘Vivre sa vie: an Introduction and A to Z’, Senses of Cinema 48 (2008): ◦Senses of Cinema 48

• ‘London Circa Sixty Six’ (on Antonioni's Blowup the image of London in 1960s’ cinema), in Gail Cunningham and Stephen Barber (eds), London Eyes ( New York: Berghahn, 2007) http://eprints.ucl.ac.uk/5217/

• ‘Sa voix’ (on Godard’s voice), in M. Temple, J. Williams, M. Witt (eds), For Ever Godard ( London: Black Dog, 2004) http://eprints.ucl.ac.uk/4926/

• 'A bout de souffle: the film of the book’, Literature Film Quarterly 32:3 (2004) http://eprints.ucl.ac.uk/5228/

• ‘Good Work Little Soldier: Text and Pretext’ (on Godard’s Le Petit soldat and Denis’s Beau travail), Journal of European Studies 34:1-2 (2004) http://eprints.ucl.ac.uk/5229/

• ‘The point in time: precise chronology in early Godard’, Studies in French Cinema, 3:2 (2003) http://eprints.ucl.ac.uk/5227/

• ‘Faut-il que j’écrive en vers...? Poésies et prosodie chez Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont’, in J-J Lefrère and M. Pierssens (eds) Les poésies d'Isidore Ducasse (Editions du Lérot: Tusson, 2001)

Poetics of the Pretext: reading Lautréamont (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 1998)

The Tel Quel Reader, edited with Patrick ffrench (London: Routledge, 1998)

• ‘Les replis tortueux de l’intertextuel: Racine and Lautréamont; prosody and prose', French Forum, 23:2 (1998)

• 'Screen as figure', Paragraph, 19:1 (1996)

• ‘La Littérature de Martial: plagiarism as figure in Sade, Lautréamont, Ouologuem and Sony Labou Tansi’, Romanic Review, 86:4 (1995)

• ‘Intertextuality or influence: Kristeva, Bloom and the Poésies of Isidore Ducasse’, in Worton and Still (eds), Intertextuality: Theories and Practice (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1990) http://eprints.ucl.ac.uk/7964/

• Edited catalogue for the ‘Moving Images / Moving Bodies / Camera-Movement’ exhibition (Capture 2008)

• Edited catalogue: Art and Design: a source book (BFI 2004)

• BFI-dvd commentaries for Bande à part (Godard) and Orphée (Cocteau)