Dr Bronwen Martin teaches contemporary literature and critical methods at Birkbeck College, University of London where she is also an Honorary Research Fellow in French. Her research interests include the relationship between literature and philosophy as well as semiotic theory and its application to a wide range of discourses. She is currently working on a new book on the Nobel prize winner J.M.G.Le Clezio focusing on a postcolonial reading. Her publications include Semiotics and Storytelling: An Introduction to Semiotic Analysis (Philomel,1997), The Search for Gold: Space and Meaning in J.M.G.Le Clezio (Philomel, 1995) and Le Clezio: Le Proces-verbal: A Critical Guide (University of Glasgow French and German Publications,2005). She is co-author of French Discourse Analysis (Philomel, 2000) and Key Terms in Semiotics (Continuum, 2006). She has also contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of Literary Critics and Criticism (Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999) and to the Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era (Fitzroy Dearborn, 2004). She is Secretary of the Marguerite Duras Society.