Dr Laurent Milesi Maîtrise (Dijon), Agrégé d'anglais, DPhil (Oxon)

Dr Laurent Milesi

Maîtrise (Dijon), Agrégé d'anglais, DPhil (Oxon)


School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44 (0)29 2087 6119
2.32, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
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My work relates to the School's English Literature and Critical and Cultural Theory research themes.

More information is available from my page on the ITEM-CNRS website.

I joined Cardiff University in  January 1995, after holding a Research Fellowship at Corpus Christi College,  Cambridge (1988-1991) and lecturing at Swansea University (1991-1995). I am  Director of Postgraduate Research for the Centre for Critical and Cultural  Theory and, from November 2013 onwards, Head of the Centre, whose taught MA  programme and PhD training I am currently revising. I also teach on the English  Literature undergraduate degree scheme and was involved in setting up the  former BA in Cultural Criticism (now merged).

I have supervised PhDs on  poststructuralism, postmodernity, contemporary fiction and poetry, and would  welcome PhD proposals on those topics as well as on any aspect of Digital  Theory. I have also taught Critical Theory as guest lecturer or Visiting  Professor at several European universities in Italy, Romania and Cyprus.

I have been a non-stipendiary member  of the Research Group on the manuscripts of James Joyce at the ITEM-CNRS, Paris, since the mid-1980s, and I also served on  the Board of Trustees of the International James Joyce  Foundation between 1996 and 2002.

In September 2011, I became Editor-in-chief  of the international, peer-reviewed journal Word and Text. A Journal of Literary  Studies and Linguistics [Romania].

Teaching interests

  • Deconstruction
  • Postmodernism and Poststructuralism
  • Postmodern Poetry
  • Digital Theory and Game Studies

I have published widely on James Joyce and related aspects of modernism, postmodernist poetry and fiction, as well as poststructuralism, especially deconstruction (including the work of Hélène Cixous), which remains my main research interest within the larger field of French Thought.

I am also branching out into Digital Theory™, a new area of research at the intersection of Critical Theory and Digital Culture, with a specific focus on games studies.

My edited collection James Joyce and the Difference of Language was published in 2003 by Cambridge University Press (digitally reprinted, 2007), and I have co-translated and edited several works by Jacques Derrida and especially Hélène Cixous, such as (with Stefan Herbrechter) Derrida's study of Cixous, H. C. pour la vie, c'est à  dire... (Stanford University Press, 2006) and Cixous'™ study of Beckett, Zero's Neighbour (Polity Press, 2010). I will also be editing a collection of Cixous's shorter essays on Derrida.

I am also completing a long-term book project, on the ethical dimension of Derrida's figures of writing, provisionally titled Dis-locating Derrida: The Ethos of Writing.

Research interests

  • Deconstruction and Poststructuralism, in particular the works of Jacques Derrida and Hélène Cixous
  • Postmodernist poetry and fiction
  • James Joyce and Modernism
  • Genetic Criticism
  • Digital culture and game studies

Areas of expertise