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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Anne-Laure Brevet

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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics
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University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


Anne-Laure Brevet specialises in French language teaching at MMLL. She also works for the Faculty of History as a language teacher and gives extra-curricular supervisions in French for history students.

She also specialises in twentieth century British literature, particularly Doris Lessing.

She is the author of Le Personnage, ses figures et ses avatars (Atlande 2015), and the preface and notes to Doris Lessing, Le Carnet d’or et autres romans (Le Livre de Poche 2011).

Among other articles on nineteenth and twentieth century literature, she is the author of “Figures de la discontinuité subjective dans A Proper Marriage de Doris Lessing” (Presses Universitaires de Montpellier 2001), “Flights of Memory: Digression and Allusion in Doris Lessing’s The Memoirs of a Survivor” (Presses Universitaires de Montpellier 2005), “Turner vu par Ruskin: la vérité du regard” (Presses Universitaires de Rennes 2010). She also contributed to entries on Doris Lessing for the online Literary Encyclopedia.

Two interviews (2011 and 2017) on France Culture are available here

Prior to working at the University of Cambridge, Anne-Laure was ‘Maître de Conférences’ at the English Department of the University of West Brittany where she was involved in interdisciplinary courses including History (post-war Britain), British Literature and translation.

In 2008 she co-organised a roundtable on Doris Lessing at the annual congress of the Société des Anglicistes de l’Enseignement Supérieur.

In 2012 she gave a lecture on The Golden Notebook for the Institute of Continuing Education at Madingley Hall.

Teaching interests: 

Language, culture and grammar modules

Documentaries and translation

French and British literature, culture and thought

MPhil in Comparative Literature and Cultures (ELAC)

Research interests: 

Comparative literature (Ruskin, Woolf, Lessing, Flaubert, Nerval, de Beauvoir, Sartre, Camus)

Philosophy and History

Environmental Studies

Romanticism, Modernism, Surrealism


Text and Image studies

Textual analysis and narratology

Metafiction and reflexivity

Recent research projects: 

Poetry as the hypotext for novelistic fiction

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Publications include:

"Doris Lessing, une irréductible « matrophobe » : l’évolution de la représentation de la mère chez Doris Lessing" Le Magazine Littéraire n°543, May 2014 (44-45).

“The Shadow of the Fifth”: Patterns of Exclusion in Doris Lessing’s The Fifth Child". La Clé des Langues (Lyon: ENS LYON/DGESCO). ISSN 2107-7029, December 2011. Url:

Forthcoming publication

"The Reflexive Mind in Doris Lessing's 'Landlocked' Poem (1946) and Novel (1965)" in Doris Lessing Studies vol. 37.