Mr James Illingworth

Lecturer (E&S)


Extension: 7506

Telephone: 01392 727506

Academic Background

Following undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in French at the University of Oxford, I moved to Queen's University Belfast in 2014 to write a PhD on the representation of the body in the works of prolific nineteenth-century novelist, George Sand (1804-76). During my time in Belfast I taught on a series of undergraduate language modules in French, as well as on the introductory first-year literature course (Maupassant). In 2018 I was appointed Teaching Fellow in French at the University of Leicester, where I contributed to modules at all levels (undergraduate and postgraduate), including language teaching, interpreting, translation, and the final-year course on modern and post-modern world literature (Baudelaire). I was appointed to a fixed-term lectureship at Exeter in January 2019.


My research straddles various areas of nineteenth-century French culture, usually with a focus on gender. My doctoral research focused on literature, but I have also worked on book history, art history, and the history of collecting, using Joséphine Bowes (founder of the Bowes Museum) as a case study.


At Exeter I teach on the second-year language course, convene the module Provoking Thoughts, and contribute to the first-year module French Visual History.