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Professor Christopher Lloyd

Emeritus Professor

MA PGCE Oxon; PhD Warwick

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Emeritus Professor in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures  


After studying at Brasenose College, Oxford and Warwick University, I worked as a teacher of English for three years in French universities, before being appointed temporary lecturer in French at Durham in 1980 (subsequently gaining promotion to lecturer, senior lecturer and professor). In 1992, I was a visiting professor in the English Department at Dijon University. From 1997 to 2000, I was Head of the School of Modern European Languages at Durham, and from 2002 to 2006 Director of Undergraduate studies and Chair of the School’s Teaching and Learning Committee. I was Chair of the Exams Boards from 2008 to 2010 and Head of French from 2010 to 2013, retiring from full-time teaching in 2014.

My teaching covered a wide range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level on nineteenth and twentieth-century literature and culture, as well as written French language. I supervised PhD students researching on fin-de-siècle fiction, film and literature related to World War Two, and science fiction. 

My research covers two main areas, reflected in the seven books, five edited volumes of conference proceedings and many refereed articles which I have published, as well as unpublished lectures and conference papers: (a) the late nineteenth-century novel; (b) fiction, film and culture in France since the Second World War.

My book on the film director Henri-Georges Clouzot, published by Manchester University Press in 2007, was re-issued in paperback in 2016. Ongoing and recent projects include a book on Guy de Maupassant (published in Reaktion Books 'Critical Lives' series in 2020), papers on autobiography, post-colonial conflict, ghosts in the city, and a co-authored book on French World War Two narratives.

This co-authored book is the final outcome of a major joint project, which received funding of c. £450,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, undertaken in collaboration with Professor Margaret Atack of Leeds University. For further details, go to:


Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Lloyd, C. (2018). Revisiting the Congo's Forgotten Wars: Jean Larteguy's Les Chimeres noires and the Secession of Katanga. In Representing Wars from 1860 to the Present. Bowen, Clair & Hoffmann, Catherine Brill Rodopi. 154-166.
  • Lloyd, C. (2018). Vichy Kingdom of Shadows. In Ego-histories of France and the Second World War. Braganca, Manuel & Louwagie, Fransiska Palgrave Macmillan. 165-180.
  • Lloyd, C. (2014). Redrawing the boundaries of the human: automata, androids and clones from Hoffmann to Houellebecq. In Rethinking Identities: Cultural Articulations of Alterity and Resistance in the New Milennium. Cairns, L. & Fouz-Hernandez, S. Peter Lang. 213 - 235.
  • DAMBRE, M., GOLSAN, R.J. & LLOYD, C. (2013). Genres et générations: du recyclage à l'innovation dans le récit de guerre contemporain. In Mémoires occupées: fictions françaises et Seconde Guerre mondiale. Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle. 111-118.
  • Lloyd, Christopher (2013). Transforming the Experience of War in the Fiction of Marcel Aymé, René Barjavel and Michel Tournier. In Transformative Change in Western Thought: A History of Metamorphosis from Homer to Hollywood. Gildenhard, I. & Zissos, A. Legenda.
  • Lloyd, Christopher (2011). Men, Monkeys, Monsters and Evolution in Fiction from the Fin-de-siècle to the Present. In The Evolution of Literature: Legacies of Darwin in European Cultures. Saul, Nicholas & James, Simon Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi. 185-200.
  • Lloyd, Christopher (2009). Mirbeau et le discours anticolonialiste dans La 628-E8. In L'Europe en automobile: Octave Mirbeau écrivain voyageur. Reverzy, Eléonore & Ducrey, Guy Presses universitaires de Strasbourg. 299-307.
  • Lloyd, Christopher (2009). Maupassant et Stevenson: destins parallèles. In Maupassant aujourd'hui. Cabanès, Jean-Louis & Helms, Laure Université Paris Ouest - Nanterre La Défense. 321-332.
  • Lloyd, Christopher. (2007). Women's Resistance Narratives in France: Redefining Gender and Genre. In War-Torn Tales: Literature, Film and Gender in the Aftermath of World War Two. Hipkins, D. & Plain, G. Oxford: Peter Lang. 163-179.
  • Lloyd, Christopher (2005). Inventing the French Resistance: Heroes, Traitors and Fakers in the Resistance Novel and Memoir. In Fakes and Forgeries. Knight, P. & Long, Jonathan J. Amersham: Cambridge Scholars Press. 107-117.
  • Lloyd, Christopher. (2003). Huysmans et l'humour fin-de-siècle. In J.-K. Huysmans: La Modernite d'un anti-moderne. Actes du colloque international (7-8 mai 2001). de Gregorio Cirillo, V. & Petrone, M. Naples: L'Orientale Editrice. 31-48.
  • Lloyd, Christopher. (2003). Divided Loyalties: Singing in the Occupation. In Popular Music in France from Chanson to Techno. Dauncey, H. & Cannon, S. Aldershot: Ashgate. 153-170.
  • Lloyd, Christopher (2001). Huysmans auteur comique. In Huysmans à côté et au-delà. Bertrand, J.-P., Duran, S. & Grauby, F. Leuven: Peeters/Vrin. 361-378.
  • Lloyd, Christopher (2000). Dracula et les métamorphoses du vampire. In Mythes de la décadence. Montandon, A. Clermont-Ferrand: Presses Universitaires Blaise Pascal. 335-344.
  • Lloyd, Christopher (2000). Eliminating the Detective: Boileau-Narcejac, Clouzot and Les Diaboliques. In Crime Scenes: Detective Narratives in European Culture since 1945. Mullen, A. & O'Beirne, E. Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi. 37-47.
  • Lloyd, Christopher (2000). From Catastrophe to Utopia: the wartime novels of René Barjavel. In Utopias. Thomas, N. E. & Le Saux, F. Durham: Durham Modern Languages Series. 161-174.

Edited book

  • LLOYD, C., DAMBRE, M. & GOLSAN, R.J. (2013). Mémoires occupées: fictions françaises et Seconde Guerre mondiale. Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle.
  • Lloyd, Christopher & Atack, Margaret (2012). Framing Narratives of the Second World War and Occupation in France, 1939-2009. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Lloyd, Christopher & Whyte, P. J. (1997). La Culture Populaire en France. Durham: Durham Modern Languages Series.
  • Lloyd, Christopher (1995). Epidemics and Sickness in French Literature and Culture. Durham: Durham Modern Languages Series.
  • Lloyd, Christopher & Lethbridge, R. (1994). Maupassant conteur et romancier. Durham: Durham Modern Languages Series.

Journal Article