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Jean-Pierre Boule

Jean-Pierre Boulé

Emeritus Professor

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
History, Heritage and Global Cultures


Emeritus Professor of Contemporary French Studies.

Research areas

Professor Boulé's research interests include twentieth and twenty-first century French literature and culture. He is particularly interested in theories of masculinities, gender and sexual politics. He has published six monographs on Sartre, Guibert and HIV Literature and edited or co-edited four volumes on Beauvoir, Guibert and Sartre. He has published some twenty-seven articles in journals such as Contemporary French civilization, L’Esprit créateur, Essays in French Literature, French Cultural Studies, French Review, La Règle du Jeu, Revue Critique De Fixxion Française Contemporaine, Roman 20-50, Sartre Studies International, and Simone de Beauvoir Studies, building an expertise on autofiction, notably on Serge Doubrovsky and on Abdellah Taïa. His latest monograph is the first comprehensive study of Taïa’s works, including his cinematic and political writings. Abdellah Taïa: La Mélancolie et le cri was published by Presses Universitaires de Lyon in the ‘Autofictions, etc.’ collection in 2020.

External activity

  • Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques for services to Franco-British relations and French Culture in the United Kingdom
  • Founder member and elected secretary of the "UK Society for Sartrean Studies", 1992-1997. Executive Committee member: 1992-1999
  • Serving on the editorial board of Sartre Studies International (Journal of the UK and North American Sartre Societies), since its launch on 14 October 1995. Serving as executive editor for seven years (until 2016).
  • Also on the editorial board of Contemporary French Civilization; PORTAL; Autofiction

Sponsors and collaborators

Recent research with the collaboration of:

  • Dr Arnaud Genon
  • Dr Tidd

Research funding has included:

  • Research Leave Scheme, Arts and Humanities Research
  • The British Academy: three overseas conference grant and a small research grant