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Professor Julia Waters

Professor Julia Waters
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Departmental and French Year Abroad Coordinator.



My main teaching interests are modern and contemporary French and francophone literature, women's writing, and translation.

At Part 1, I teach on the Introduction to French Culture module (FR1IFC), the Greats of European Cinema module (ML1GEC) and teach French language (FR1L3).

At Part 2, I teach translation between French and English (FR2L4) and offer a module FR2FN, Introduction to the French Novel.

At Part 3, I teach and convene FR3FC, The French Caribbean: Language, Literature and Identity and contribute to ML3CW Cinemas of the World.


Areas of Interest

I have particular research interests in: twentieth-century and contemporary French & Francophone literature; Francophone literatures of the Indian Ocean, especially Mauritius; women’s writing in French, especially Marguerite Duras and Ananda Devi; feminist & postcolonial theory. I am happy to supervise PhD theses on any of these or related areas.

In 2012-13, I held an AHRC Fellowship for a research project on Contemporary Mauritian Literature: (De)Colonisation, Globalisation, Multiculturalism.

My latest monograph, The Mauritian Novel: Fictions of Belonging, was published in December 2018 with Liverpool University Press and is also available, free of charge, in Open Access format:

To read my latest article, on literary representations of Mauritian independence, please click on the following link:

My book, Duras and Indochina: Postcolonial Perspectives (Liverpool: SFPS Critical Studies, 2006) is now available in digital form here:


Research groups / Centres

I am on the Editorial Board of Les Cahiers du GRELCEF.

I am a member of Le Conseil International des Études Francophones; The Society for French Studies; The Society of Francophone Postcolonial Studies; The Société Marguerite Duras; and The Centre for Contemporary Women's Writing.


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