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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Liesbeth François

Photo of Dr Liesbeth François in a rocky landscape
Teaching Associate, Spanish
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


Liesbeth François holds a PhD in Literature, awarded by KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium). Her research and teaching activities center on contemporary Latin American literature and culture, with a focus on Argentina and Mexico. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven between 2015 and 2022, with funding from the Research Council KU Leuven and the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). She is the author of Andares vacilantes. La caminata en la obra narrativa de Sergio Chejfec (Beatriz Viterbo, 2018) and Subterranean Space in Contemporary Mexico City Literature (Palgrave, 2021). She has published articles on several Latin American authors and co-edited two volumes on, respectively, the everyday and urban space in contemporary literature and culture.

Teaching interests: 
  • 20th and 21st century Latin American literature
  • Contemporary Latin American visual art
Research interests: 

•    Mexican Literature
•    Argentine Literature
•    Space in Narrative Fiction
•    The City in Literature
•    Imaginaries of the Subterranean
•    Literature and Politics
•    Bildungsroman and Figures of Youth

Published works: 

Key publications include:

•    Subterranean Space in Contemporary Mexico City Literature. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021.
•    Andares vacilantes. La caminata en la obra narrativa de Sergio Chejfec. Rosario: Beatriz Viterbo, 2018.

Co-edited volumes:
•    Recorridos urbanos: horizontalidad y verticalidad en los imaginarios de la ciudad en la literatura latinoamericana contemporánea. Edited by María Paz Oliver and Liesbeth François. Special issue of Iberoromania (94), 2021.
•    Espacio y cotidianidad en la narrativa contemporánea. Edited by Liesbeth François and María Paz Oliver. Special issue of Interférences Littéraires (13), 2014.