Ashley Harris


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Research Statement

While working as a Lecturer in French at QUB, I am currently completing a monograph on Media Authorship: Gender, Fame and the écrivain médiatique in the Contemporary French Literary Field (for publication in 2021) based on research that builds on my doctoral thesis. This reseach seeks to reveal the links between gender, mass media, mediatisation and literary stardom, and to examine how authors in the Digital Age are increasingly decentring the text in a multimedia network of creative production. The aim of this area of research has been to respond to an epistemological need to reassess authorship with new critical tools able to deal with new authorial strategies in the mass media and digital age context. While Écrivains médiatiques have tended to exploit the links between gender, mass-market appeal, and success, there is evidence of difference in opportunities, limitations, and expectations afforded to the écrivaine médiatique which in turn results in different strategies and creative consequences that are explored in this work.

My thesis focused on contemporary French writers (inc. Houellebecq, Beigbeder), gender, posturing and inter/transmediality. The thesis was entitled: ‘Postures of the Author as a Multimedia Brand: Michel Houellebecq, Frédéric Beigbeder and the Decentring of the Text’.

My research has so far resulted in several peer-reviewed publications in French Cultural Studies, Literary Geographies and Itinéraires.

I have spoken and published on geographical approaches to the novel, celebrity and sociological approaches to contemporary culture. 

Research Interests

*Ashley Harris has also presented under the name Ashley Scott-Harris*

Research Interests:

Twentieth and Twenty-first Century French Literature, Art, Film and Critical Theory

Author and Text in the Digital Age

Adaptation, Transfictionality and Transmediality

Popular Cultures and Visual Cultures

Postures/Performance and Mythologies

Gender Studies

Sociocultural Studies


2019: Awarded the ASMCF ECR Travel Prize to fund a research trip to Paris.

2019: Nomination for Staff Excellence Award at QUB

2016: Sir Robert Hart scholarship for £650 for extended research period in Paris.

2013 - 2016: Doctoral Research funding in French Studies from Department of Employment and Learning (Fees, maintenance and £1000 in travel and equipment funding per year).

2015: MacQuitty scholarship for £1000 for a research trip to Paris.

2013: £675 student-led initiative funding for QUB French Literature Festival

2012: All-inclusive Musgrave scholarship for Masters (fees and maintenance). 

2012: Chris Shorley Prize for best undergraduate performance in French language at QUB.


Lecturer at Queen's University Belfast (since 2018)

I have led the following modules:

Level 2 Module: The Exotic in Symbolist Art and Literature

Level 3 Filière: Paris et modernité

Level 3 Module: Francophone Chinese Fictions

Level 3 Filière: Banlieue Cinema

Beginner's French

Level 1 French

Level 3 French


I have also taught the following modules:

Beginner's French Language (ab initio)

Level 1 French language: Grammar Seminars and Translation Workshops

Level 2 French language - Grammar Seminars and Translation Workshops

Level 3 French language - Grammar Seminars and Translation Workshops

Participation on Level 3 Filière: La Critique du goût

Contribution to MRes Modern Languages: 'What is an Author?', 'Transmediality' and Writing Workshop


Adminstrative Roles

Level 1 Convenor

Level 3 Convenor

Recruitment Lead for Modern Languages

French Society Liaison Officer


Previous Teaching Experience at Queen’s University Belfast

September 2016 - June 2017

Level 2 French Grammar seminars 

Level 1 French seminars and workshops: ‘Comprehension and Writing’; ‘Translation and Grammar’

Spring Term 2016

Contribution to Level 2 Year Abroad Cultural Awareness Filière

September 2014 – June 2015

Level 1 French classes: ‘Comprehension and Writing’; ‘Translation and Grammar’



Professional Experience

September 2018 (ongoing): Lecturer (Education) French, QUB

October 2017 - September 2018: Strategy Advisor, Programmes, for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

January 2014 – (ongoing): Secretary of French Charity Eau Vive Provence

June 2014: Member of Organisational Committee for French Literary Festival, Queen’s University Belfast 

2011-2012: English Language Ambassador for British Council


Teaching Experience in France

Summers 2008 - 2017

Ten summers as supervisor (monitrice) of children and young adults at French retreat centre.

September 2010 - June 2011

English language assistant, Lycée technique Marie Curie, Marseille, France


Translation Experience

September 2014

Copy-Edited Translation of Filiations disciplinaires et unité d’intérêt ; entre l’ethnologie et la géolinguistique : quelques points saillants de leur histoire commune for Jean-Nicolas de Surmont

August 2013

Translated Le répertoire de l’opposition au travail by Jacques Bélanger and Christian Thuderoz from French to English for the Business Studies Department at QUB.  


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