Vanessa Guignery is Professor of English Literature at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon (France), and is specialised in contemporary British literature and postcolonial literature.
She is the author of several books and essays on the work of Julian Barnes, including The Fiction of Julian Barnes (Macmillan, 2006), and Conversations with Julian Barnes, edited in collaboration with Ryan Roberts (Mississippi Press, 2009). She has published articles on Arundhati Roy, Anita Desai, Jeanette Winterson, Alain de Botton, David Lodge, Jonathan Coe and Michèle Roberts. She wrote a monograph on B.S. Johnson, This is not Fiction (Sorbonne UP, 2009), and translated Jonathan Coe’s biography of B.S. Johnson, Like a Fiery Elephant, into French (Quidam, 2010).
She is the editor of several books on contemporary literature including (Re)mapping London (Publibook, 2008), Voices and Silence (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009) and a special issue of the Journal of American, British and Canadian Studies on Julian Barnes (Sibiu, 2009). She has been a fellow of the Harry Ransom Humanities Center in Austin, Texas, and from January to June 2011 is visiting Professor at the Department of English of the University of Texas at Austin.