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Dr Joseph Ford, BA (Hons), MA (Res), PhD

Assistant Professor (Teaching) in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Room number: A6, Elvet Riverside I

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I came to Durham in October 2016, as a Teaching Fellow in Francophone Literature, having previously been a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds' Humanities Research Institute. I studied both as an undergraduate and postgraduate at Leeds and was a part-time tutor in the department of French. Between 2015-16, I worked as a Lecteur in Paris and was awarded my PhD in Francophone Algerian literature in July 2016.

Research and Teaching Interests

My thesis focused pimarily on contemporary Algerian literature in French and what has become known as the Algerian Civil War of the 1990s, but I have broad research and teaching interests in Francophone literature and visual culture from across North Africa. My wider research interests are in postcolonial studies, world literature, literary translation, and French and Francophone intellectuals of the 20th century more generally. 

I have begun to publish elements of my thesis as journal articles and chapters (see below). These include critical reflections on the contemporary Algerian writers: Mustapha Benfodil, Maïssa Bey, Salim Bachi and Kamel Daoud. I am currently adapting my PhD thesis into a book, entitled Writing the Black Decade: Francophone Algerian Literature's Contestatory Forms, contracted with Lexington Books, in their 'After the Empire' series. I have recently translated a book-length collection of poems by Mustapha Benfodil, appearing with Hesterglock Press in March 2018. 

Selected Publications

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Chapter in book

  • Ford, Joseph (2017). Kamel Daoud: (im)possibilités de lecture. In Kamel Daoud, esquisse d’un phénomène postcolonial algérien. Laouari, Boukhalfa Tizi Ouzou, Algeria: Editions Frantz Fanon.

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