Dr Valerie Hannagan Lewis
Valerie Hannagan Lewis was brought up in France and studied English and History of Art at the Université de Paris-Sorbonne. After moving to England, she gained a PGCE and taught French at Haberdashers’ Aske’s, in London’s New Cross. Her sixth-formers’ enthusiasm for literature prompted her to study towards an MA at Queen Mary, University of London, where as well as immersing herself in the Nouveau Roman and the theories of thinkers such as Beauvoir, Foucault and Irigaray, she developed a keen interest in women’s writing and wrote her dissertation on the works of Chantal Chawaf. The award of a Major State Studentship enabled her to pursue her research, and her doctoral thesis focused on the concept of the body in Monique Wittig’s texts, with particular reference to her least-studied work, L’Opoponax. Valerie’s publications include articles on Chawaf and Wittig, as well as on the practice of creative writing (another passion of hers). She taught at Queen Mary for a few years before moving to Wales with her husband and daughter. There, first in Bangor and then in Cardiff, she learnt Welsh, which was an inspiration to her and gave her many ideas for teaching French to adults in an effective and joyful way. She joined Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning in 1998 and teaches French at all levels, including a literature course offering study of a wide range of authors. She looks forward to welcoming you to her classes.