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Dr Carole Sweeney

Staff details

PositionSenior Lecturer in Modern Literature
Email c.sweeney (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7463

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) English and French
  • MA English, Simon Fraser University
  • DPhil English, University of Sussex

Prior to being appointed at Goldsmiths in 2005, Dr Carole Sweeney was a Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Southampton from 1999-2005.

Teaching

Carole is currently the convenor of Introduction to Comparative Literature, MA Modern Literary Movements. She also covenes and teaches Moderns, Writing, Gender and Anxiety.

Areas of supervision

  • Writing, feminism and ethics
  • race and modernism
  • twenty-first century writing
  • literature and politics
  • Nancy Cunard
  • Michel Houellebecq
  • surrealism
  • modernism and gender
  • neoliberalism and literary aesthetics
  • posthumanism in contemporary  literature
  • British post-war avant garde cultures and the writing of Anna Kavan

Featured work 

Conference papers 

  • British Assocation of Modernist Studies, Modernism Now, June 2014, 'Weird Modernism: Alienation and Experimentation in the Writing of Anna Kavan'
  • Univeristy of Warwick, Seminar in Literature and Philosphy, October 2013
  • Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London, Hybrids, Monsters, Aliens and Other Creatures in 20th and 21st Century Writing, ‘A  post-human Third Sex: Michel Houellebecq’s Atomised and The Possibility of an Island’, 9th-11th of September 2010.
  • University of St Andrews 2010 Twenty First Century European Literatures, ‘‘Backlash? Platform and the woman question’ in Michel Houellebecq’, September 2010.
  •  University of Nottingham, Work in Post-Fordist France, 'Michel Houellebecq',  September 2008.
  • MLA Annual Convention, Philadelphia, “'Whatever,Never Mind': Michel Houellebecq's Millennial Nausée,” December 2006.
  • University of Wales, Swansea, Romance Studies Annual Conference, The Literary Territories of Postcolonialism: Theories and Language of Resistance, ‘History, the body and writing in Edwige Danticat’, September 2005.
  • Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies, Institut français, The French Atlantic, ‘‘J’ai deux amours’: Josephine Baker and a ‘black’ Atlantic aesthetic.’ December 2005.
  • Modernist Studies Association Annual conference, Vancouver, Canada. ‘L’internationalisme noir’: Aesthetics, race and writing’.  October 2004.
  • University of Birmingham, France and the Exotic ‘Subversion and Exotic Kitsch: The Surrealist Group and the Anti-Exposition of 1931’, March 21-23 2003.
  • Invited speaker. European Research Institute, Salford and the Mona Bismarck Foundation, Paris. Americans in Paris, Paris in America. ‘Le tumulte noir: modernism and the primitive’ July 20-22, 2002.
  • Anglia Polytechnic University, Department of English, Nancy Cunard Conference, “The Disappearance of the Negro Anthology: Surrealism and Internationalism” November 10 2001.
  • ASCALF Conference, University of Westminster, 29 November, Institut française,  Remembering Empire/Mémoires de l’Empire. ‘The Francophone black Atlantic and The politics of Transfiguration: Remembering the ‘rescuing critiques’ of the Nardal sisters’. 30, Nov-Dec 1 2001.
  • Université de Bourgoyne, Dijon, Centre de Recherches, Image, Texte, Langage. ‘ “A pint of plain is your only man’: Satire and Myths of Irishness in the novels of Flann O’Brien’  6-7 April 2001.
  • University of Southampton, France and America, ‘Modernity and Race: ’Josephine Baker and La Revue Nègre’, July 20-21 2001.
  • University of Sussex, British Association of American Studies Conference. “Surrealism, anti-colonialism and documentary culture in Negro: An Anthology (1934). November 1998.
  • Modern Languages Association Convention, Washington D.C. ‘Nancy Cunard's Negro: An Anthology: Race, History and Modernist Aesthetics’ December 1997
  • University of Newcastle, Department of English, Literature and Empire ‘Josephine Baker and The Iconography of Modernist Primitivism’ April 1996
  • University of Kent, Centre for Postcolonial Studies, Postcolonialism and Representations of the Body. ‘The Feminine Other: Race, Gender and Colonialism in Inter-war France’, September 1996.
  • University of Sussex, School of African and Asian Studies, Modernity and Race, ‘Modern Primitivism’, 1995.

Overseas Research

  • August 2003- New York Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture

 

Research Interests

My research interests include:

modernist literature; surrealism and modernist primitivism; transatlantic aesthetic and cultural movements 1900-1945; anxiety in contemporary French and American writing, the writing of  Michel Houellebecq; documentary cultures of 1930s; postcolonial Francophone literatures; feminist theor, Anna Kavan; post-war British avant garde literature; neoliberalism, posthumanism and literary culture.‘

Publications

Book

Michel Houellebecq and the Literature of Despair
Sweeney, Carole. 2013. Michel Houellebecq and the Literature of Despair. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9780826422620

From Fetish to Subject: Race, Modernism and Primitivism, 1919-1935
Sweeney, Carole. 2004. From Fetish to Subject: Race, Modernism and Primitivism, 1919-1935. Greenwood Press. ISBN 0275977471

Book Section

'After Beauvoir: French Feminism and The Question of Difference'
Sweeney, Carole. 2016. 'After Beauvoir: French Feminism and The Question of Difference'. In: Stuart Sim, ed. The Edinburgh Companion to Critical Theory. Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 978-0748693399

Race, Modernism and Institutions
Sweeney, Carole. 2010. Race, Modernism and Institutions. In: Nicky Marsh and Peter Middleton, eds. Teaching Modernist Poetry. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 77-93. ISBN 9780230202320

'Race, Writing and Institutions'
Sweeney, Carole. 2010. 'Race, Writing and Institutions'. In: Nick Marsh and Peter Middleton, eds. Teaching Modernist Poetry. London: Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 978-0230202337

‘Josephine Baker’, ‘Haiti’, ‘Joseph Zobel’, ‘Claude McKay’
Sweeney, Carole. 2005. ‘Josephine Baker’, ‘Haiti’, ‘Joseph Zobel’, ‘Claude McKay’. In: Bill Marshall, ed. France and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History (Transatlantic Relations). ABC-CLIO Ltd. ISBN 978-1851094110

C.E. Gittings Imperialism and Gender and Bruce King ed. National And Postcolonial Literature
Sweeney, Carole. 1997. C.E. Gittings Imperialism and Gender and Bruce King ed. National And Postcolonial Literature. In: Jean Howard; Alan Sinfield and Lindsay Smith, eds. Textual Practice: Volume 11 Issue 2: Vol 11, Issue 2. Routledge, pp. 349-352. ISBN 978-0415161763

Article

Introduction: Fractured, Travelling, and Transformed Narratives
Sweeney, Carole. 2013. Introduction: Fractured, Travelling, and Transformed Narratives. Comparative Critical Studies, 10(Supp), pp. 1-10. ISSN 1744-1854

Natural Women? Anti-Feminism and Michel Houellebecq's Plateforme
Sweeney, Carole. 2012. Natural Women? Anti-Feminism and Michel Houellebecq's Plateforme. Modern & Contemporary France, 20(3), pp. 323-336. ISSN 0963-9489

“And yet some free time remains. . . .”: Post-Fordism and Writing in Michel Houellebecq's Whatever
Sweeney, Carole. 2012. “And yet some free time remains. . . .”: Post-Fordism and Writing in Michel Houellebecq's Whatever. Journal of Modern Literature, 33(4), pp. 41-56. ISSN 0022-281X

Fin de millénaire French Fiction: The Aesthetics of Crisis
Sweeney, Carole. 2011. Fin de millénaire French Fiction: The Aesthetics of Crisis. Modern and Contemporary France, 19(3), pp. 367-368. ISSN 0963-9489

The Unmaking of the World: Haiti, History and Writing in Edouard Glissant and Edwige Danticat
Sweeney, Carole. 2007. The Unmaking of the World: Haiti, History and Writing in Edouard Glissant and Edwige Danticat. Atlantic Studies, 4(1), pp. 51-66. ISSN 14788810

Experimental Nations: Or, the Invention of the Maghreb
Sweeney, Carole. 2007. Experimental Nations: Or, the Invention of the Maghreb. Comparative Literature Studies, 44(1-2), pp. 208-211. ISSN 0010-4132

`One of them, but white': The Disappearance of Negro: An anthology (1934)
Sweeney, Carole. 2005. `One of them, but white': The Disappearance of Negro: An anthology (1934). Women a Cultural Review, 16(1), pp. 93-107. ISSN 09574042

Le Tour du Monde en Quatre Jours: Empire, exhibition, and the surrealist disorder of things
Sweeney, Carole. 2005. Le Tour du Monde en Quatre Jours: Empire, exhibition, and the surrealist disorder of things. Textual Practice, 19(1), pp. 131-148. ISSN 0950236X

‘Le tour du monde en quatre jours’: empire, exhibition, and the surrealist disorder of things
Sweeney, Carole. 2005. ‘Le tour du monde en quatre jours’: empire, exhibition, and the surrealist disorder of things. Textual Practice, 19(1), pp. 131-147. ISSN 0950-236X

France and America: Introduction
Sweeney, Carole and Clarke, Jackie. 2005. France and America: Introduction. Nottingham French Studies, 44(3), pp. 1-3. ISSN 0029-4586

Resisting the Primitive: The Nardal Sisters, La Revue du Monde Noir and La Dépêche Africaine
Sweeney, Carole. 2004. Resisting the Primitive: The Nardal Sisters, La Revue du Monde Noir and La Dépêche Africaine. Nottingham French Studies, 43(2), pp. 45-55. ISSN 0029-4586

Vestimentary identities: the politics of dress in everyday life
Sweeney, Carole. 2003. Vestimentary identities: the politics of dress in everyday life. Journal of Romance Studies, 3(2), pp. 95-101. ISSN 1473-3536

La Revue Nègre: négrophilie, modernity and colonialism in inter-war France
Sweeney, Carole. 2001. La Revue Nègre: négrophilie, modernity and colonialism in inter-war France. Journal of Romance Studies, 1(2), pp. 1-14. ISSN 1473-3536

‘Diasporic Voices in Pre-Negritude Paris’
Sweeney, Carole. 2000. ‘Diasporic Voices in Pre-Negritude Paris’. Southampton Papers in Language and Culture, 1,