Professor Celia Britton FBA

French Caribbean literature and thought, especially Glissant, Fanon, Condé; postcolonial theory; surrealism in the Caribbean; psychoanalysis and colonialism; literature and ideology; images of community; the Nouveau Roman

Elected 2000

Fellow type
UK Emeritus Fellow
Year elected

Celia Britton is currently an Emeritus Professor at University College London ( Previously she taught at KCL, Reading University and Aberdeen University. For about the first twenty years of her career she specialized in the avant-garde French novel of Nathalie Sarraute, Claude Simon, Michel Butor, Alain Robbe-Grillet, and Marguerite Duras; she also published a number of articles on French cinema and literary theory and poststructuralism. Subsequently she has worked mainly on French Caribbean literature, in particular the novels and essays of Edouard Glissant, but also Maryse Condé and other writers from Martinique and Guadeloupe. She is also interested more generally in postcolonial theory, and in 2002 published a book on the influence of Freudianism in French Caribbean thought.

Current post

Emeritus Professor of French, University College London

Past appointments

University College London Emeritus Professor of French, University College London

2003 -

University of Aberdeen Carnegie Professor of French

1991 - 2002

University of Reading Lecturer in French

1974 - 1991

King's College London University of London Lecturer in French

1972 - 1974


Race and the Unconscious: Freudianism in French Caribbean Thought 2002 Legenda: Oxford

Claude Simon: writing the visible 1987

The nouveau Roman: fiction, theory and politics 1992

Edouard Glissant and postcolonial theory 1999

The Sense of Community in French Caribbean Fiction 2008

Language and Literary Form in French Caribbean Writing 2014

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