Professor Christina Howells

Professor of French; Fellow of Wadham College


Professor Howells' research centres on Continental philosophy, literary theory, and twentieth-century French literature. She is particularly interested in post-war French thought, for example Sartre, Derrida, Lacan, Lyotard, Foucault, Levi-Strauss and Levinas. She has also published a reader of articles by twenty-eight contemporary French women philosophers. Her latest monograph explores ideas of subjectivity and mortality in late twentieth-century French thought, and, together with Gerald Moore, she has recently co-edited a collection of essays on Bernard Stiegler .


  • 20th century French literature, philosophy and theory
  • Sartre and existentialism
  • Derrida and deconstruction
  • 20th century French women philosophers


English, French