Dr Ursula Tidd - Personal details
After having completed a M. A. in French Studies at the University of Reading in 1987, I worked outside academe and travelled. In 1991, I began my doctoral research in the Department of French Studies at the University of Birmingham while working there as a graduate teaching assistant. My longstanding interests in French women's writing and feminist theory led me to do my doctoral work on the literature and thought of Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986). I researched Beauvoir's autobiographical and philosophical writing, with a particular focus on testimonial writing and how Beauvoir became 'author-ised' as a witness to much of twentieth century history. I was awarded my PhD in French Studies in 1997 from the University of Birmingham and a revised and extended version of my PhD thesis was published by Cambridge University Press in 1999 as Simone de Beauvoir, Gender and Testimony.
My interests in C20th French literature, film and ethics more generally has since drawn me to work on the literary and filmic representation of the Holocaust in the Francophone context and, in particular, the work of the Buchenwald survivor, Jorge Semprún (1923-2011). I continue to do research on Simone de Beauvoir's literary and philosophical writings in parallel with developing my broader interests in the French post war period.
Present and Previous Appointments:
2005 - : Senior Lecturer in French, University of Manchester
2000 - 2005: Lecturer in French, University of Manchester
1995 - 2000: Lecturer in French, University of Salford