Dr Simon Kemp

Associate Professor in French; Fellow of Somerville College


Dr Kemp’s studies the French novel in the twentieth- and twenty-first-centuries. He has a particular interest in the use and abuse of detective stories by French literary writers keen to explore themes of perception, reason and truth, and the state of narrative form in the contemporary French literary novel. He also maintains a lively interest in translation studies.


  • French literature, 1945-present day
  • The contemporary French novel
  • The French 'New Novel' (nouveau roman)
  • The Oulipo Group (French literature)
  • French crime fiction


English, French