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Dr Lucy O'Meara

Senior Lecturer in French

School Director of Graduate Studies (Research)

Office: Cornwallis North West 221
Office hours: Tuesday, 11.15am - 12.30pm


I hold a degree in French and English and a Masters in English from University College Cork, and a PhD in French Studies from the University of Nottingham. In 2009, I was awarded a one-year postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, which I held at University College Cork before taking up my lectureship at Kent in September 2010. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2016.

My research interests are in the fields of nineteenth- to twentieth-first century French literature; post-war literary theory; detective fiction; the Oulipo group; the work of Roland Barthes; and the relationship between literature and reference works (encyclopedias and dictionaries). I am the author of several works on Barthes and have recently co-edited a volume on French literary and cultural responses to Japan (Honoré Champion, 2016).

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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 Margaret-Anne Hutton, 'French Crime Fiction, 1945-2005: Investigating World War II'. French Studies [Online] 68:134-135. Available at:
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. (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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