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Professor Michael Sheringham

BA, MA, PhD, FBA, Officier, Ordre des Palmes Académiques
Emeritus Fellow since 2015
I have written extensively on André Breton and Surrealism, on modern and contemporary French poetry, and on Autobiography and related genres.'


  • Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature and University Academic Fellow, All Souls College (from 2004 to 2015)
  • Professor of French, Royal Holloway, University of London (from 1995 to 2004)
  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and latterly Professor of French Literature, University of Kent at Canterbury (from 1974 to 1995)
  • Lecturer in French, NUI (from 1973 to 1974)
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate, University of Kent at Canterbury (from 1966 to 1971)

Research interests

  • French literature and thought
  • André Breton and Surrealism
  • Modern and contemporary poetry
  • Autobiography and related genres
  • Everyday life
  • Archival memory


  • Everyday Life: Theories and Practices from Surrealism to the Present (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006; paperback 2009).
  • French Autobiography: Devices and Desires. Rousseau to Perec (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993).
  • Beckett: Molloy (London: Grant and Cutler, 1985).
  • André Breton: A Bibliography (London: Grant and Cutler, 1972).
  • Link to publications
  • Publications (PDF)

Other professional memberships and roles

  • Collège de France (March 2007), ENS-Ulm (April 2007)
  • Pajus Distinguished Visitor in French Studies, UC Berkeley (Sept.–Dec. 2006)
  • Vice-President/President of the Society for French Studies (from 2001 to 2004)
  • Visiting Professor: Paris IV (2002), Bordeaux III (2001), Université Paris VII (1994–5)

Research awards and grants

  • Leverhulme Research Award (2009)

Teaching and Supervision

  • Modern French literature and thought