Vanessa Guignery is Professor of English and Postcolonial Literature at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon and a member of the Institut Universitaire de France in Paris. She is the author of several books and essays on the work of Julian Barnes, including The Fiction of Julian Barnes (Macmillan, 2006), and Conversations with Julian Barnes (Mississippi Press, 2009), co-edited with Ryan Roberts, as well as a monograph entitled Seeing and Being: Ben Okri’s The Famished Road (Presses Universitaires de France, 2012). She has published articles on various British and postcolonial contemporary authors, as well as a monograph on B.S. Johnson, This is not Fiction. The True Novels of B.S. Johnson (Sorbonne UP, 2009). She translated Jonathan Coe's biography of B.S. Johnson, Like a Fiery Elephant, into French (Quidam, 2010).
She edited and co-edited several collections of essays on contemporary British and post-colonial literature including(Re)mapping London (Publibook, 2008), Voices and Silence (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009), Chasing Butterflies: Janet Frame’s The Lagoon and Other Stories (Publibook, 2011), Hybridity: Forms and Figures in Literature and the Visual Arts (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), The Famished Road: Ben Okri's Imaginary Homelands (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013), and a special issue of the Journal of American, British and Canadian Studies on Julian Barnes (Sibiu, 2009). Her collection of interviews with eight contemporary writers, Novelists in the New Millenium, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013. Vanessa Guignery has been a regular Fellow, University Affiliate and/or Scholar at the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas in Austin since 2006, conducting research there for about six months every year.www.vanessaguignery.com