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Dr Rosalind Silvester

Dr Rosalind Silvester
Dr Rosalind Silvester

Rosalind Silvester

Dr Rosalind Silvester joined Queen’s in 2002 and taught previously at Trinity College Dublin and Nottingham University.  Her current research interests focus on francophone Chinese writing, though she has published on various contemporary, French-born authors as well.  Her monograph on Jean-Paul Sartre’s language and philosophy in Les Chemins de la liberté used stylistics and discourse analysis to explore the trilogy. 

She regularly reviews books for the Journal of European Studies and Modern and Contemporary France, and is a reviewer of articles for inclusion in the Modern Language Review and Forum for Modern Language Studies. She was also a member of the Executive Committee of ADEFFI (Association des études françaises et francophones d’Irlande) for three years.



Authored books

Seeking Sartre’s Style: Stylistic Inroads into ‘Les Chemins de la liberté’ (Edwin Mellen Press, 2003).

Currently working on a monograph titled, Francophone Chinese Writing (post-1990).

Edited books

Reading Images and Seeing Words (Rodopi, 2004).

Traits chinois, lignes francophones (Presses de l’Université de Montréal, forthcoming).


‘Seeing is Perceiving: Sartre’s Language of Phenomenology’ in Reading Images and Seeing Words (Place: Rodopi, 2004), pp.109-122.

‘Communication with the Other in Jean-Paul Sartre’s L’Âge de raison: A Discourse Analysis’, Acta Neophilologica, 35, 1-2, 2002, 77-89.

‘La répétition dans les Mythologies d’hiver de Pierre Michon’, Romanic Review, 92, 3, May 2001, 323-330.

 ‘Aphorismes et leur potentiels dans Le Dit de Tianyi de François Cheng: approche linguistique et narrative’, Dalhousie French Studies, Spring 2004, vol.66, 101-108.

 ‘Genre and Image in the works of François Cheng and Dai Sijie’, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, vol.10, no. 4, Dec 2006, 367-375.

Le récit de vie(s): Immobility and Fluidity in Ying Chen’s works’, Forum for Modern Language Studies, vol.43, no.1, Jan 2007, 57-68.

‘Ying Chen and the non-lieu’, Modern Language Review, vol.106, 2, April 2011, 407-422.

‘<L’odeur de l’eau est partout la même>: Ying Chen et l’identité migrante’ in La Migrance à l’œuvre, eds. Mary Gallagher and Michael Brophy (Peter Lang, forthcoming).

‘François Cheng et Ya Ding : vers un réalisme surnaturel’ in Traits chinois, lignes francophones (Montreal: PUM, forthcoming).

‘Du particulier à l’universel : Un enfant à ma porte de Ying Chen’ in Traits chinois, lignes francophones (Montreal: PUM, forthcoming).


Research students

Dr Silvester has been involved, as second supervisor, in an MPhil on the representation of technology and transport in works by Cendrars, Simenon and Malraux, and in a PhD on French corpus linguistics (on-going). She was the internal examiner of a PhD on the representation of Germans in a selection of immediate post-war, French texts.  She has supervised MA dissertations on Beckett and point of view in legal language in French.  She would welcome postgraduate students interested in contemporary writers from France (ranging from the epoch of Sartre, Camus and Duras to more recent authors like Pierre Michon and Patrick Modiano), as well as students in the field of francophone Chinese literature and/or art. 



In the mini-module ‘Le Bon Usage’, Dr Silvester introduces L1 students to the evolution of standard French.  At L2, her teaching includes a filière, ‘Langue et Pouvoir’, in which stylistic methodology is used to analyse different types of text (newspapers, magazine articles, legal texts, government announcements, advertising).  She also teaches an MA module on the theoretical issues of French stylistics, in addition to contributing to the MA modules on autobiography and ‘Narrative, Representation and Memory’.  The two Optional Modules offered by Dr Silvester are ‘Myth and Biography’ (L2) which examines semi-biographical and autobiographical works by Pierre Michon, Patrick Modiano, Pierre Bergounioux and Michel Tournier, and ‘Contemporary Francophone Chinese Fiction’ (L3), exploring the themes of migration, identity and minority literature.