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Dr. Ashley Harris

Teaching Fellow (French)


Ashley Harris holds over five years of broad experience in HE teaching, research, public engagement, outreach and administration. She also has experience in working in diplomacy and the civil service in the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). She has taught early modern to contemporary French and Francophone cultures, politics, and societies across her roles in Queen's University Belfast (3 years), the University of Surrey (1 year), the University of Stirling (1 year) and now Trinity College Dublin. Her research focuses primarily on twentieth- and twenty-first-century French and Francophone culture, politics, and society. She is particularly interested in contemporary French sociocultural approaches and questions of equality, representation and identity. She has published on the concept of the écrivain.e médiatique, using Virginie Despentes, Michel Houellebecq and Frédéric Beigbeder as case studies and has a forthcoming monograph on the subject. She was Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the AHRC Remembering Empire project which explored memories and representations of French Algeria and the war for independence and the subsequent migration of pieds-noirs. Her recent research looks at 'revisioning' the banlieues through grassroots visual cultures, on which she has two forthcoming articles.
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Ashley Harris, Media, Gender and Contemporary French Authorship: Houellebecq, Despentes, Beigbeder, écrivains médiatiques, Peter Lang, Oxford, Peter Lang: European Connections: Oxford, 2024, Book, SUBMITTED
Revisioning the banlieues: Shifting from mainstream to grassroots, from segregation to integration in, editor(s)Claire Mouflard, Habib Zanzana, Mazia Caporale , Gender in the Banlieues, Lexington Press, 2024, [Ashley Harris], Book Chapter, ACCEPTED
Ashley Harris, Precarious Peripheries or Creative Centres? The Visual Cultures of the Banlieues, Nottingham French Studies, 62, (3), 2023, p334 - 352, p334-352 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Ashley Harris, From the Spectacle to the Striptease: Houellebecq, Beigbeder and Media Ambivalence, Modern and Contemporary France, 30, (3), 2022, p345 - 354, p345-364 , Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Ashley Harris, Michel Houellebecq: Media Author, French Cultural Studies, 31, (1), 2020, p32 - 45, Notes: [écrivain-méd-2], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Ashley Harris, Is the Map More Interesting than the Territory? (Post)Representation in La Carte et le territoire, Literary Geographies, 4, (2), 2018, p245-260 , Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Ashley Harris, Michel Houellebecq"s Transmedial OEuvre: Extension of the Realm of Creative Intervention., itinéraires, 2017, Journal Article, PUBLISHED


Ashley's expertise is in French and Francophone studies, with particular focus on the study of twentieth- and twenty-first-century French and francophone culture (including work on literature, film and art), history and society. This includes research on the impact of gender and media on authorship, francophone post-colonial contexts (particularly how French Algeria is remembered), and questions of representation and equality in the banlieues. Ashley was the AHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Impact and Engagement programme `Remembering Empire" at the University of Stirling. Ashley is interested in the cross-cutting themes of representation, memory, identity, gender, race, and class. Her work applies sociocritical approaches to social and cultural phenomena. Ashley has published peer-reviewed articles in multiple high-ranking journals including Modern and Contemporary France and French Cultural Studies. She has a contracted monograph due for publication in 2024 with Peter Lang for the series European Connections: Oxford, edited by Marion Schmid (Edinburgh), and Hugues Azérad (Cambridge). This monograph consolidates an internationally recognised expertise in textual and visual cultures, and sociological approaches to historical and cultural phenomena. Ashley has two further articles for publication in 2024 on the banlieues (Lexington Press and Nottingham French Studies).