Prof Andrew Leak

Prof Andrew Leak

Professor of French and Francophone Studies


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
1st Oct 1987

Research summary

Main areas of research:

20th Century Existentialism, especially the work of Jean-Paul Sartre (literature, philosophy and other)

Roland Barthes and French Critical Theory

Holocaust writing

The work of Georges Perec and other members of the Oulipo

Literature and Politics in Haiti, especially in the period since 1986 - now

Teaching summary

Current teaching:

The Making of Modern France (1st year foundation course)

20th Century French Literature (2nd yr)

Constraint and Creativity (intermediate cross-departmental option)

Prose Fiction and other Writings of Jean-Paul Sartre (final-year option)

The Haitian Novel 1944-2004 (final-year option)

'Postcolonial Theory' (module on SELCS MA Theory Core Course)

Advanced French Tranlsation (final-year)

Advanced French Translation (MA module)


University College London
PhD, French Literature | 1986
University College London
BA Hons, French studies | 1979


Born in the Midlands but living in London since 1975. Educated at University College London (BA hons French 1979; PhD on "Sexuality in the Literary and Philosophical Work of Jean-Paul Sartre" 1986). Has taught in Sheffield (1983-84), Southampton (1984-87) and UCL (1987 -  present)