Catherine Pesso-Miquel studied at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Fontenay-aux-Roses, France. She taught as an Associate Professor at the Sorbonne, and is now a Professor of English Literature at the University of Lyon 2, France. Her research deals with the contemporary novel in English. She is particularly interested in questions of voice, identity, gender, and postcolonialism. She is the author of four monographs, written in French and published in France (on Paul Auster, Willa Cather, Salman Rushdie and Anita Desai), and of numerous articles in French and English. She is the co-editor, with Klaus Stierstorfer, of Fundamentalism and Literature, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2007, and is currently editing a second volume on the subject, that will soon be published by AMS Press in New York.