Dr Veronique Lane

Lecturer in French Studies and Comparative Literature


I have been lecturing in French and Translation Studies at Lancaster since 2017. Prior to Lancaster, I have taught French Critical Thought for the Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Paris while completing my PhD on modern playwrights Antonin Artaud and Jean Genet at the University of Paris VII. I have also taught French and Comparative Literature as Visiting Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University in the US and have been Postdoctoral Fellow in the Research Institute for the Humanities at Keele University (2012-14).

At Lancaster, I teach the first-year context submodule on "The Great War and The Avant-Gardes"; final-year translation seminars (French into English); and a specialist final-year module, "French Modernisms and Madness." I also lecture on the MA in Translation Studies and supervise MAs and PhDs. I have served as Director of Studies, Convenor of the department’s final-year dissertation module, as well as Lead Reviewer for the Faculty’s Research Ethics Committee.

I have published several articles and book chapters on Guillaume Apollinaire, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Jean Genet, and Antonin Artaud, and am the author of The French Genealogy of The Beat Generation: William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac’s Appropriations of Modern Literature, from Rimbaud to Michaux (Bloomsbury, 2017).

Recent publications include journal articles in two special issues I have edited: "French and Beat Literatures: A History of Mutual Appropriation, Reception, and Translation" (L'Esprit Créateur, vol. 58, no. 4, 2018), and "Literary Back-Translations" (Translation and Literature, vol. 29, no. 3, 2020).

At the intersection of Comparative Literature, Translation Studies, and Medical Humanities, my current research projects include the co-organisation with Liz Brewster of a conference opening a dialogue between mental health practitioners and literary translators, and the publication of my second monograph, The Therapeutic Value of Literary Translation: Artaud, Eliot, H.D., Hölderlin, Nerval, Proust and Woolf (forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press).