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Mlle Aline Lebel


Aline Lebel is the French Lectrice at Jesus College.

Academic interests

Aline Lebel’s academic interests include: 

  • French literature and history
  • Classical Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Russian and Soviet literature and history
  • The relationship between literature and ethics
  • Testimonial Literature.

Degrees obtained

  • BA/Licence, Sorbonne University (Paris IV).
  • MA/Master of Comparative Literature, Nanterre University (Paris X).
  • Agrégation de Lettres Modernes.


Prior to becoming the French Lectrice at Jesus College, I was studying both Classical and Modern languages at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) and at the Sorbonne University in Paris, specialising in the field of Comparative Literature.

I have researched and written about the interactions between ethics and literature, and I will be preparing a PhD project this year on this subject. My areas of research are mainly French Literature (20th century and contemporary) and Soviet and Russian History and Literature (Dostoïevski, Andreï Platonov, Boris Pilniak, Vasily Grossman). Ongoing projects include the organisation of a Student Symposium at the ENS which will examine contemporary Russian novelists, and the question of the memorialisation and representation of Soviet inheritance in recent artististic and literary productions.

I am also interested in Trauma and Genocide Studies, and have been working on both literary and non-literary testimonies.

Other interests

Travel, music and sailing.

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Publications, links and resources

  • Lebel, A. (2018) Le récit d’enfance au prisme du génocide et de la violence politique: le motif du “retour” vers la terre d’enfance chez Gaël Faye et Scholastique Mukasonga, Critical Review of Contemporary French Fixxion, N°17 Childhoods.

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