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Dr Lucy O'Meara

Senior Lecturer in French

Acting Associate Dean for Graduate Studies (Humanities)

Office: Cornwallis North West 221
Office hours: Monday, 15.00 - 16.30


Research interests and PhD supervision:

  • twentieth-century French literature and theory
  • theories of knowledge in fiction and autobiography
  • the work of Roland Barthes
  • crime fiction
  • the Oulipo group
  • French literary and cultural responses to Japan

Lucy's research interests are in 20th and 21st century literature and literary theory. She is the author of a book on Roland Barthes and is currently writing another on attitudes towards encyclopaedic knowledge in European fiction and autobiography from the late 19th century to the present day. Lucy offers research supervision in the fields of modern French literature and critical theory.

She is the French editor for the Modern Language Review and a member of the Modern Humanities Research Association executive committee ( 

Research centre: Centre for Modern European Literature

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

O'Meara, L. (2012). Roland Barthes at the Collège de France. [Online]. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. Available at:
Edited book
O'Meara, L., Arribert-Narce, F. and Kuwanda, K. eds. (2016). Réceptions de la culture japonaise en France depuis 1945. [Online]. Paris: Honoré Champion. Available at:
O'Meara, L. (2016). Barthes and Antonioni in China: the Muffling of Criticism. Textual Practice [Online] 30:267-286. Available at:
O'Meara, L. (2015). Killing Joke: Authorship from Barthes to Nothomb. L'Esprit Créateur [Online] 55:101-117. Available at:
Baldwin, T., O'Meara, L. and Haustein, K. (2015). Introduction. Guest-edited special issue of L'Esprit Créateur [Online] 55:1-6. Available at:
O'Meara, L. (2015). Barthes: Hérétique consacré? Revue Roland Barthes, Barthes à l'étranger, ed. by Claude Coste and Mathieu Messager [Online]. Available at:
O'Meara, L. (2014). Georges Perec and Anne Garréta: Oulipo, Constraint and Crime Fiction. Nottingham French Studies [Online] 53:35-48. Available at:
O'Meara, L. (2013). "Not a Question but a Wound": Adorno, Barthes and Aesthetic Reflection. Comparative Literature 65:182-199.
O'Meara, L. (2012). Jacques Jouet, Jacques Roubaud and the Ethnographic Metro Poem. Formules: La revue des littératures à contraintes 16:95-106.
O'Meara, L. (2008). Atonality and Tonality: Musical Analogies in Roland Barthes's Lectures at the Collège de France. Paragraph [Online] 31:9-22. Available at:
O'Meara, L. (2007). Sontag's Barthes: A Portrait of the Aesthete. PostScript: Essays in Film and the Humanities 26:105-116.
O'Meara, L. (2006). Review article on Roland Barthes, 'The Neutral: Lecture Course at the Collège de France (1977–1978)'. Textual Practice [Online] 20:373-377. Available at:
O'Meara, L. (2005). Review article on Derek Attridge, 'The Singularity of Literature'. Textual Practice [Online] 19:379-382. Available at:
O'Meara, L. (2004). Review article on La Préparation du roman I et II: by Roland Barthes, and Roland Barthes by Graham Allen. Radical Philosophy 125:57-60.
Book section
O'Meara, L. (2016). Impossibles quêtes de savoir et d'identité dans La Disparition de Georges Perec et La Décomposition d'Anne Garréta. in: Dechêne, A. and Delville, P. eds. Le Thriller métaphysique: D'Edgar Allan Poe à nos jours. Liège: Presses universitaires de Liège, pp. 75-89. Available at:
O'Meara, L. (2013). Jacques Roubaud's Rejection of Japoniste Influence: Tokyo infra-ordinaire. in: Baldwin, T., Fowler, J. and de Medeiros, A. eds. Questions of Influence in Modern French Literature. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 166-179.
O'Meara, L. (2010). Atonality and Tonality: Reading Roland Barthes's Lectures at the Collège de France Through Musical Analogy. in: Badmington, N. ed. Roland Barthes: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory (3 volumes). London: Routledge, pp. 305-316 (vol. 3).
O'Meara, L. (2009). Atonalité et tonalité: Une interprétation des Cours au Collège de France. in: Badir, S. and Ducard, D. eds. Roland Barthes en Cours (1977-1980): Un style de vie. Dijon, France: Presses Universitaires de Dijon, pp. 51-62.
O'Meara, L. (2007). "L'Affaire Barthes" and Ownership of the Voice. in: Stephens, B. and McNeill, E. eds. Transmissions: Essays in French Thought, Literature and Culture. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 141-160.
O'Meara, L. (2014). Review of David Platten, 'The Pleasures of Crime: Reading Modern French Crime Fiction'. Modern Language Review 109:257-258.
O'Meara, L. (2014). Review of Margaret-Anne Hutton, 'French Crime Fiction, 1945-2005: Investigating World War II'. French Studies [Online] 68:134-135. Available at:
O'Meara, L. (2013). Review of Guillaume Bellon, 'Une parole inquiète: Barthes et Foucault au Collège de France'. French Studies [Online] 67:277-278. Available at:
O'Meara, L. (2013). Review of Simon Kemp, 'French Fiction into the Twenty-First Century: The Return to the Story'. French Forum [Online] 38:298-301. Available at:
Edited journal
Baldwin, T., O'Meara, L. and Haustein, K. eds. (2015). What's So Great About Roland Barthes? Guest-edited special issue of L'Esprit créateur [Online] 55:1-6. Available at:
Internet publication
O'Meara, L. (2014). Some Remarks on Roland Barthes's Lectures [Special Issue of The Conversant (internet)]. Available at:
O'Meara, L. (2011). Ecrire est une affaire de devenir [Acta Fabula 12.6 (Internet)]. Available at:
O'Meara, L. (2005). Le Plaisir du texte (by Roland Barthes) [Online Encyclopedia entry (2910 words)]. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 27 [See all in KAR]
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Lucy O'Meara teaches modules on modern French literature and culture.

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