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1969-73: Studied for MA (Honours) in French with German at Edinburgh University

  • July 1973: Graduated with Honours of the First Class
  • Awarded Gold Medal (for best student)
  • Awarded F. C. Green Prize for Literature

1982: Awarded Ph.D. by Edinburgh University for thesis on ‘The evolution of the poetry of René Char: 1928-45’.


    • 1998: Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques
    • 2005: Promoted to Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques
    • 2009: Medal of Honoured Worker in Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan
    • 2010: Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists
    • 2011: Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur


1996-99: Chair, Council of University Deans of Arts and Humanities

1994-99: Associate Director, Institute of Romance Studies

1998-2003; re-appointed 2003-04: Non-Executive Director, Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

1998-2005: Member, Arts and Humanities Research Board (Convenor of the Postgraduate Panel in Modern Languages and Literatures, 1998-2000 and Chair, Museum and Galleries Working Group, 1998-2000; Chair, Monitoring and Evaluation Committee 2000-05)

2005--06: Member, Arts and Humanities Research Council (also Chair, Knowledge and Evaluation Committee)

1999--2005: Member, Management Committee, AHRB Centre for Asian and African Literatures

2000-4: Chair, Advisory Council, Institute of Romance Studies

2002-05: Member, HEFCE Strategic Committee on Quality, Assessment, Learning and Teaching

2003-05: Member, Council, King's College, London

2004-07: Member, UUK/SCOP/HEFCE Measuring and Recording Student Achievement Steering Group (Burgess Group)

2004-09: Member, Advisory Board, Clore Leadership Programme

2004--: Member, Philip Lawrence Awards Jury

2004--: Member, European Science Foundation Steering Committee , 'European Reference Index for the Humanities’

2004--: Member, Higher Education Panel of the Church of England Board of Education

2005--09 Chair, London Higher Steering Group on Research Excellence

2006: Chair, HEFCE/AHRC Expert Group on Research Metrics

2006--: Board Member, CreateKX
2006--: Member, Prime Minister's Initiative Higher Education Advisory Group

2007--: Member, QAA Development Group for Masters Level Benchmarking

2007--: Member, British Council, Education and Governance Advisory Group

2007--: Member, Research Information Network (RIN) Research and Libraries Working Group
2007-08: Member, HEFCE Strategically Important and Vulnerable Subjects Working Group

2007-08: Member, Queen Mary (QM) Leadership Foundation Fellows Advisory Group
2007--: Director and Trustee, CARA (Council for Assisting Refugee Academics)

2008--: Member, Comité International de Consultation en Sciences Humaines et Sociales de l’Agence Member, Nationale de la Recherche (French National Research Agency) 

2008--: Centre for Education and Industry Diploma in Humanities Steering Group

2009: Appointed Higher Education Adviser to the British Council

2009: Member of the Advisory Board for the Programme of Artistic Research of the Austrian Research Council (FWF)

2009: Was commissioned by HEFCE to conduct a Review of Modern Foreign Language provision in higher education in England (published September 2009)


1976-1980: Lecturer in French, Liverpool University (granted tenure in 1978)

1980-91: Lecturer in French Language and Literature, University College London

1991: Promoted to Senior Lecturer in French, UCL

1994: Promoted to Professor of French (Personal Chair)

1994: Elected Dean, Faculty of Arts

1997-98: Re-elected Dean, Faculty of Arts

1998: Appointed Vice-Provost (Academic): responsibilities include Teaching and Learning, and the arts, humanities and social sciences)

1998: Appointed to Fielden Chair of French Language and Literature

2004-11: Vice-Provost (Academic and International)

2011 - 13: Vice-Provost (International)


2001-2007: Identities and Culture in Europe since 1945 ($710,000; Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)

2006-2012: Tranlations/Transpositions ($1,180,000; Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)


a) Books:

1. Intertextuality: Theories and practices, edited and introduced by M. Worton and Judith Still (Manchester University Press, 1990; paperback edition January 1991; reprinted March 1993). (This includes our ‘A note on vocabulary’, pp. viii-ix and ‘Introduction’, pp. 1-44). The ‘Introduction’ was translated into Greek in h a w o V , nos. 3-4 (1996), pp. 21-68.

2. Tournier: La Goutte d’or (University of Glasgow French and German Publications, 1992; reprinted 1995).

3. René Char: The Dawn Breakers/Les Matinaux, edited, introduced and translated by M. Worton (Bloodaxe Books, 1992).

4. Textuality and Sexuality: reading theories and practices, edited and introduced by Judith Still and M. Worton (Manchester University Press, 1993). (This includes our ‘Introduction’, pp. 1-68)

5. Michel Tournier, edited by M. Worton (Longman, 1995). (This includes my Introduction, pp. 1-34, my essay ‘The Genesis of Fiction: Origin as Theme and Problem in Tournier’s work’, pp. 68-88, ‘Talking shop: Michel Tournier in interview with Michael Worton’, pp. 191-199, and a Glossary pp. 200-6).

6. Painting and Narrative (edited by M. Worton; special issue of Paragraph 19:3 (1996).

7. Typical Men ( Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham 2001). Catalogue of the exhibition Typical Men. Recent Photography of the Male Body by Men (see below under ‘Exhibition’).

8. W omen's Writing in Contemporary France: New Writers, New Literatures in the 1990s , edited and introduced by Gill Rye and Michael Worton (Manchester University Press, 2002). (This includes our Introduction, pp. 1-26.)

9. National Healths: Gender, Sexuality and Health in a Cross-cultural Context, edited by Michael Worton with Nana Wilson-Tagoe (UCL Press, 2004)

10. Liberating Learning: Widening Participation, edited by Michael Worton and Patrick Derham ( University of Buckingham Press, 2010)

11. French Studies in and for the 21 st century, edited with Philippe Lane, (University of Liverpool Press, 2010)

b) Chapters in books:

1. ‘Speech and silence in The Cenci’, in Essays on Shelley, ed. by Miriam Allott (Liverpool University Press, 1982), pp. 105-24.

2. ‘Intertextuality: to inter textuality or to resurrect it?’, in Cross-references: Modern French theory and the practice of criticism, ed. by Isabelle Llasera and David Kelley (Society for French Studies, Leeds, 1986), pp. 14-23.

3. ‘L’accrue du mot et l’image muette: René Char, voisin de Van Gogh’, in La poésie française au tournant des années 80, ed. by Philippe Delaveau (Corti, Paris, 1988), pp. 59-73.

4. ‘Image, tableau, roman: l’écriture esthétique de Tournier’, in Ecrire la peinture, ed. by Philippe Delaveau (Editions Universitaires, Paris, 1991), pp. 203-213.

5. ‘Intertextualité et esthétique’, in Images et signes de Michel Tournier, ed. by Arlette Bouloumié & Maurice de Gandillac (Gallimard, Paris, 1991), pp. 227-243.

6. ‘Waiting for Godot and Endgame: theatre as text’, The Cambridge Companion To Beckett, edited by John Pilling (Cambridge University Press, 1993), pp. 67-87.

7. ‘Une poésie de la perversion: les écrits surréalistes de René Char’, in Violence, Théorie, Surréalisme, edited by Jacqueline Chénieux-Gendron and Timothy Mathews (Lachenal et Ritter, Paris, 1994), pp. 51-68.

8. ‘Thinking through photography, remembering to love the past’, in Il senso del nonsenso: Scritti in memoria di Lynn Salkin Sbiroli, edited by Monique Streiff-Moretti, Mireille Revol Cappelletti & Odile Martinez (Naples, Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, 1995), pp. 733-753.

9. ‘The Author, the Reader, and the Text after 1968’, in French Cultural Studies: An Introduction, edited by Jill Forbes and Michael Kelly (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1995), pp. 191-212.

10. ‘The Genesis of Fiction: Origin as Theme and Problem in Tournier’s work’, in Michel Tournier, ed. M. Worton (see above), pp. 68-88.

11. ‘“Between” Poetry and Philosophy: René Char and Martin Heidegger’, in Reconceptions: Reading Modern French Poetry, edited by Russell King and Bernard McGuirk (University of Nottingham Monographs in the Humanities, 1996), pp. 137-57.

12. ‘Celebration or effacement? Imag(in)ing the body of masculinity’, Text into Image: Image into Text, edited by Jeff Morrison and Florian Krobb (Rodopi, Amsterdam, 1997), pp. 15-23.

13. ‘En (d)écrivant le corps, en imaginant l’homme: le «vrai corps» de Guibert’, Le corps textuel de Hervé Guibert, edited by Ralph Sarkonak (Lettres Modernes: Collection ‘L’Icosathèque (20th)’, Paris, 1997), pp. 63-77.

14. ‘En lisant, en écrivant: vers une nouvelle mythologie masculine’, La Nouvelle hier et aujourd’hui, edited by Johnnie Gratton and Jean-Philippe Imbert (L’Harmattan, Paris, 1997), pp. 313-320.

15. ‘Jean Genet (1910-1986): Het Schrijven als Schepping’, Franse Literatuur na 1945, deel 1: Figuren uit de Canon, edited by Jan Baetens and Koenrad Geldof (Peeters, Leuven, 1998), pp. 89-105.

16. ‘Cruising (through) encounters’, Gay Signatures: Gay and Lesbian Theory, Fiction and Film in France, 1945-1995, edited by Alex Hughes, Owen Heathcote & James S. Williams (Berg, Oxford, 1998), pp. 29-49.

17. Nine entries in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Contemporary French Culture, edited by Alex Hughes and Keith Reader (Routledge, London, 1998), pp. 89, 91, 161, 167, 268-9, 323, 421-2, 474-5, 534.

18. ‘Foreword’, Dancing Texts. Intertextuality in Interpretation, edited by Janet Adshead-Lansdale (Dabcxe Books Ltd, London, 1999), pp. x-xi.

19. ‘Simplicité et poésie’, Patiences et silences de Philippe Soupault, edited by Jacqueline Chénieux-Gendron (L’Harmattan, 2000), pp. 311-323.

20. ‘The Way Men Look: Seeing, Representing and Living Masculinity Today’, in M. Worton, Typical Men (2001; see above), pp. 6-23.

21. ‘Of Prisms and Prose: Reading Paintings in A. S. Byatt's Work’, to appear in Essays on the Fiction of A. S. Byatt: Imagining the Real , edited by Alexa Alfer and Michael J. Noble (Greenwood Press, 2001), pp. 15-29.

22. ‘Unnatural women and uncomfortable readers? Clotilde Escalle’s tales of transgression’ in Women's Writing in Contemporary France, edited by Gill Rye and Michael Worton (2002; see above), pp. 207-221.

23. Narration, dialogue et diagnostic: Le cas Alphonse Daudet’, Écriture et Maladie. ‘Du bon usage des maladies’, edited by Arlette Bouloumié (Éditions Imago, 2003), pp. 107-119.

24. 'Behold the (Sick) Man', National Healths: Gender, Sexuality and Health in a Cross-cultural Context, edited by Michael Worton and Nana Wilson-Tagoe (UCL Press, 2004), 151-165.

25. 'Of models and metrics: the UK debate on assessing Humanities research' in Peer Review: Its Present and Future State., edicted by Peter Nijkamp et al (Czech Science Foundation, 2007), pp. 175-80.

26. 'Reading Kate Chopin through contemporary French feminist theory', in The Cambridge Companion to Kate Chopin, edited by Janet Beer (Cambridge University Press, 2008), pp 105-117.

27. 'Afterword' in Luce Irigaray: Teaching, edited by Luce Irigaray with Mary Green (Longman, 2008), pp. 241-246.

28. 'New challenges in education', in Conversations with Luce Irigaray, edited by Luce Irigaray et al (Continuum, 2008), pp 139-152.

29. 'The challenges of developing and implementing the UCL International Strategy', in National Policy on Higher Education Management - Collected Works of Sino-UK Joint Programme, edited by Wan Fan and David Watson (British Council, Beijing, 2009), pp. 51-57.

30. ‘Universities and School: Learning Together to Liberate Learning’, Liberating Learning: Widening Participation, edited by Michael Worton and Patrick Derham (University of Buckingham Press, 2010), pp. 1-7.

31. 'Introduction', When familiar meanings dissolve...': essays in French studies in memory of Malcolm Bowie. edited by Naomi Segal and Gill Rye. Series: Romanticism and after in France / Le Romantisme et après en France, edited by Patrick McGuinness. (Peter Lang: Oxford, 2011), pp. 1-7.

32. 'Thoughts on Intercultural Dialogue', in An Eye on Intercultural Dialogue, edited by Venu Dhupa and Chrissie Tiller (VSDB Publishing: London, 2012) pp. 5 -8.

c) Articles:

1. ‘Saint Joan - Monopoly?’, New Edinburgh Review, 29, Special issue on G. B. Shaw (1975), pp. 24-26.

2. ‘Juxtaposition in the poetry of René Char’, World Literature Today, 51, 3 (1977), pp. 373-76.

3. ‘Obsessional theatre? The role of the father-figure in Arthur Adamov’s early plays’, Nottingham French Studies, 17, 1 (1978), pp. 71-77.

4. ‘The temptation of language in Genet’s Les Nègres, French Forum, 3, 2 (1978), pp. 169-77.

5. (with S. W. Sykes) ‘French Literature, 1900-45’, The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies, 41 (1980), pp. 201-19.

6. (with S. W. Sykes) ‘French Literature, 1900-45, The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies, 42 (198l), pp. 222-40.

7. ‘Archipel et labyrinthe: l’importance de la poésie de René Char pour la musique de Pierre Boulez’, Interférences, 13 (1981), pp. 55-69.

8. ‘Myth-reference in Le Roi des Aulnes’, Stanford French Review, (Fall-Winter 1982), pp. 299-310.

9. ‘The Catastrophe of Translation: a reading of René Char’s “writing” of paintings’, Paragraph, 2 (1983), pp.1-23.

10. ‘Michel Tournier and a Philosophy of the Novel’, The Fiction Magazine, 2, 3 (1984), pp. 48-50.

11. ‘Michel Tournier and the art of rewriting’, PN Review, 11, 3 (1984), pp. 24-25.

12. ‘Courbet, Corot, Char: du tableau au texte’, Littérature, 59 (1985), pp. 15-30.

13. ‘Narcissism, death and resurrection in the love poetry of René Char’, Romance Studies, 7 (Winter 1985-86), pp. 120-37.

14. ‘Ecrire et ré-écrire: le projet de Tournier’, Sud, 61 (1986), pp. 52-69.

15. ‘Mechanism in the theatre of Samuel Beckett’, The Journal of English Language and Literature (Korea), 33, 1, (1987), pp. 123-36.

16. ‘Use and abuse of metaphor in Tournier’s “Le vol du vampire”’, Paragraph, 10 (1987), pp. 13-28.

17. ‘Michel Tournier and the Nature of Love’, European Gay Review, 3 (1988), pp. 36-46.

18. ‘The pictures of David Newman’, Apex: Zeitschrift fur Kunst, Kultur, Fotographie, (Cologne), 5 (1989), pp. 14-21.

19. ‘Fictions and truths about sexual morality’, review essay on Antony Copley, Sexual moralities in France, 1780-1980: New ideas on the family, divorce and homosexuality, European Gay Review, 6-7 (1991), pp. 242-55.

20. ‘Windows on painting: René Char’s writing on art’, Dalhousie French Studies, 21 (1992: Special Issue on ‘Art Criticism by French Poets since World War II’), pp. 33-42.

21. ‘Where is philosophy? What is poetry? René Char and Martin Heidegger’, Journal of the Institute of Romance Studies, vol. 2 (1993), pp. 377-93.

22. ‘Le chant de la sirène: les romans de Christiane Baroche’, Sud, 105 (special issue: Christiane Baroche, À la tour abolie: Rimes intérieures II (1993), pp. 73-85.

23. ‘You know what I mean? The operability of codes in gay men’s fiction, Paragraph , 17, 1 (1994), pp. 49-59.

24. ‘De la perversion et de la sublimation tourniériennes, ou comment aimer si on n’est pas pervers?’, Revue des Sciences Humaines, 232 (1994), pp. 119-131.

25. ‘(Re)writing gay identity: fiction as theory’, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée, 21, 1-2 (Special issue: ‘Reading the Signs/Lecture des signes’; 1994), pp. 9-26.

26. ‘Labyrinths of desire and loitering (into) literature: on reading theory - and Loïc Chotard’s Tiers Monde’, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée, 22, 2 (Special issue: ‘Review of Scholarship - Ross Chambers’; 1995), pp. 223-239.

27. ‘Speaking (on) Theory: teaching and translation - or teaching as translation...’, Interstice, 2 (1997), pp. 55-70.

28. ‘Is there an art of translation’, Interstice, 2 (1997), pp. 151-2.

29. ‘Of Sapho and Syphilis: Alphonse Daudet on and in illness’, L’Esprit Créateur 37: 3 (Special Issue: ‘The Politics and Aesthetics of Contamination of Purity/ La Politique et l’esthétique de contamination et pureté’, edited by Mireille Rosello, Fall 1997), pp. 38-49.

30. ‘Speaking the Language of Men’, Journal of the Institute of Romance Studies 5: 1997 (1998), pp. 261-72.

31. ‘Looking for kicks: promiscuity and violence in contemporary French fiction’, Nottingham French Studies 37: 1 (Special Issue: ‘French Erotic Fiction: Ideologies of Desire’, edited by Jean Mainil, Spring 1998), pp. 89-105.

32. ‘Marked Men: The Writing of Masculinity in Modern France’, Forum for Modern Language Studies 34: 3 (1998), pp. 249-261.

33. ‘En lisant, en misant: vers une nouvelle économie de la lecture’, L’École des Lettres 89e année, no. 14 (Special Issue: ‘Le génie du lecteur’, edited by Arlette Bouloumié, 1998), pp. 71-79.

34. ‘Crossing Boundaries or Bridging Gaps? Translation, Theory and Questions of Identity’, Mattoid: A journal of literary and cultural studies 52/53 (Special Issue: ‘Crossing Cultures’, edited by Jonathan Hart, 1998), pp. 42-56.

35. ‘Lire la peinture dans l’oeuvre de Tournier: de l’esthétique au roman’, Œuvres et Critiques 33: 3 (Special Issue: ‘Michel Tournier’, edited by Cornelia Klettke, 1998), pp. 115-130.

36. Review article on Charles Baudelaire: Complete Poems, translated by Walter Martin and Baudelaire in English, edited by Carol Clark and Robert Sykes, Translation and Literature 8:1 (1999), pp. 100-105.

37. ‘ Telling it like it is? Men and the Fictions they Write (Hervé Guibert, Paul Auster and Paul Watkins)’, Journal of the Institute of Romance Studies , vol. 7 (2000), pp. 243-56.

38. ‘‘“Whose Body is it anyway?”: Reading Hervé Guibert/Seeing him and his works’, Journal of the Institute of Romance Studies , vol. 8 (2002), pp. 292-306

39. An Interview with Geoff Whitty and Michael Worton' by Len Barton and Stephen Rowland, Teaching in Higher Ediucation, 8:4 (2003), pp. 563-578

40. ' White by Marie Darrieussecq: a review'. The Guardian (28 May 2005) p.26

41. 'The possibility of an island by Michel Houellebecq: a review'. The Guardian (29 October 2005) p.16.

42. 'Comment vit la femme là où elle réside? Clôture et transcendance dans L'Ange de la dernière heure de Nathalie Rheims' in La Revue des Lettres et de traduction, 11 (2005), pp. 437-52.

43. 'Images of the dead: an exploration of the hidden world of Nathalie Rheims's Lumiere Invisible à Mes Yeux'. in Nottingham French Studies (Special edition: Focalizing the Body in Contemporary Women's Writing and Film-making in France) 45: 3 (2006), pp. 119-35.

44. 'Sifting clues to the mind of a literary genius' in The Camden New Journal: The Review (211, 31 July 2008) p. 11

45. 'We need to put the case for languages and universities should lead the way' in Times Higher Education (1,970, 21 October 2010) pp.38-39

46. 'Buildings to grow in: constructions of identity in the novels of Nathalie Rheims' in Dalhousioe French Studies (Special edition 'Women and Space), edited bgy M-C Barnet and S. Jordan. (93, Winter, 2010), pp. 7-16.

47. 'France in the World' (a review of Présence française dans le monde: l'action culturelle et scientifique by Philippe Lane, with a preface by Xavier Darcos. Paris : Direction de l'information légale et administrative. 2011), Eureopan Commission Culture Magazine, (May 2011), on-line resource available from <http://www.europe.org.uk/index/-/id/588/>.

d) Reports

1. Review of Modern Foreign Languages provision in higher education in England (London: HEFCE, 2010)

2. (with Vincent Emery, and C Banerjee India-UK partnerships in manufacturing: roadmap ahead. A joint report by the Confederation of Indian Industry and University College London
(New Delhi: Confederation of Indian Industry, 2011).

e) Forthcoming:


  • ‘De l’universel à l’individuel : les enjeux de la masculinité’, to appear in Le Genre : Approches théoriques, edited by Nabiha Jerad (Presses Universitaires de Tunis, 2010)
4. TRANSLATIONS (into English)

a) Books

1. René Char, Les Matinaux (Bloodaxe Books, 1992); see above under ‘Books’.

2. (with Sophie Henley-Price) Pierre Rosenberg and Véronique Damian, Nicolas Poussin (Cassell, London, 1995).

b) Articles

3. (with Ninette Bailey) Michel Tournier, ‘Experience’, Paragraph, 10 (1987), pp. 1-3.

4. (with Ninette Bailey) Michel Tournier, ‘The flight of the vampire’, Paragraph, 10 (1987), pp. 4-12.

5. Michel Tournier, ‘Marguerite Yourcenar, daughter of Flaubert?’, European Gay Review, vol. 5 (1989), pp. 6-14.

6. (with Catherine Linstrum) Michel Tournier, ‘Being a Novelist’, Michel Tournier, ed. M. Worton, pp. 37-49.

7. (with Roland-François Lack) Christiane Baroche, ‘The Perpetual Temptation of Impossible Cures in the Work of Michel Tournier’, Michel Tournier, ed. M. Worton, pp. 50-56.

8. Luce Irigaray, ‘Beyond all judgement, you are’, Journal of the Institute of Romance Studies 7 (2000), pp. 1-10.


Typical Men. Recent Photography of the Male Body by Men , exhibition co-curated with Judith Still. Venues: Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham (3 March - 22 April 2001); Firstsite: The Minories Art Gallery, Colchester (7 July - 1 September 2001); Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (26 October 2001 - 27 January 2002).


a) Series

Bloodaxe Contemporary French Poets (1994-2004):

General editor with Timothy of this series. We published volumes by Bonnefoy, Césaire, Char, Eluard, Frénaud, Guillevic, Jaccottet, Macé, Michaux, Stétié.

b) Journals

Member of the Advisory Board of:

  • Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée
  • Journal of Romance Studies
  • Paragraph: A journal of critical theory
  • Recherches sur L'imaginaire (Angers, France)

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