Professor Susan R Harrow

MA Hons (Edin.), Ph.D.(Edin.), Officier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Acadmiques

  • BS8 1TE

1993 …2020

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Personal profile

Research interests

Susan Harrow is Ashley Watkins Professor of French. She joined Bristol in 2007 from an established professorship at the University of Sheffield.  Her research and teaching interests lie in the later-nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially poetry and the novel with a particular focus on the interrelation of literary modernism and visual culture. The author of four monographs, she published The Material, the Real and the Fractured Self: Subjectivity and Representation from Rimbaud to Réda (University of Toronto Press, 2004) and has recently completed Colourworks: Chromatic Innovation in Modern French Poetry (forthcoming 2020 with Bloomsbury Academic Press: <>). Following Zola; La Curée (University of Glasgow, 1998), she published Zola. the Body Modern: Pressures and Prospects of Representation (Legenda, 2010). She is currently developing a project on epistolarity and the letters of selected French writers, supported by a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship.  She is a Strategic Reviewer at AHRC and a member of the REF 2021 Sub-Panel for Modern Languages and Linguistics and an Interdisciplinary Advisor.  She served as President of the Society for French Studies (2010-12), the longest-established and largest association in French studies. In 2011 she was awarded the rank of Officier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques for services to French culture. 


Increasingly, undergraduates are keen to extend their studies into Postgraduate work, with all the intellectual, personal and professional benefits this brings. Susan Harrow has supervised to successful completion PhDs including studies of French modernist poetry (Max Jacob); the significance of glass in c19th literature and culture;  c19th representations of the Sahara in text and image; and has co-supervised a practice-based PhD on the translation of landscape writing. Recent and current PhD co-supervision includes studies of colour in the theatre of Lorca and epistolarity in Flaubert, Joyce, and Beckett. She would be delighted to hear from prospective postgraduates (that is, undergraduates at any stage) who are keen to pursue projects in the areas of later-nineteenth- and earlier-twentieth-century French literature and inter-disciplinary studies, possibly with a visual culture component. She is convenor of the MA (pathway) Visual Culture: Text and Image.

Her specialist Undergraduate units are all interdisciplinary in nature and involve narrative, poetry, visual culture, theatre and critical thought:

  • FREN 20041: Paris 1857–1897: Image and Text
  • FREN 30096: Around Cubism
  • FREN 30040: Surrealism: Disruptive Desire in Textual and Visual Culture

External positions

REF 2021 Sub-Panel Member and interdisciplinary research advisor, Higher Education Funding Council for England

1 Jan 202031 Dec 2021

AHRC Strategic Reviewer, Arts and Humanities Research Council

1 Jan 2017 → …

Curator, Selected Essays, MHRA Legenda

1 Jan 2017 → …

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Cabot Institute City Futures Research

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Research Output

  • 20 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 16 Chapter in a book
  • 4 Authored book
  • 3 Edited book

Zola, The Body Modern: Pressures and Prospects of Representation

Harrow, S. R., 2010, London: Legenda. 230 p.

Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

Zola: Colorist, Abstractionist

Harrow, S. R., 2011, In : Romanic Review. 102, 3-4, p. 465-84 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

1 Citation (Scopus)

Colorsteps in Modern and Contemporary French Poetry

Harrow, SR., 2012, In : French Forum. 37, 1-2, p. 35-52 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    Officier grade in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques for services to French culture

    Harrow, Susan R (Recipient), 16 May 2011

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants


    REF 2021, Sub-Panel 26 Modern Languages and Linguistics

    Susan R Harrow (Advisor)

    21 Jan 202020 Jan 2022

    Activity: Consultancy typesAppointments or secondments with industry or commerce

    Society of Authors

    Susan R Harrow (Advisor)

    31 Mar 201931 Dec 2019

    Activity: Consultancy typesAppointments or secondments with industry or commerce

    Modernist Art Writing

    Susan R Harrow (Keynote/plenary speaker)

    24 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Supervised Work

    Sensing the Self: Subjectivity and the Representation of Sensory Experience in Apollinaire’s Lettres à Madeleine

    Author: Hindmarsh, R., 23 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Harrow, S. (Supervisor) & Fox, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy (MPhil)


    The Experience of Colour in the Theatre of Federico García Lorca

    Author: Boyd, J., 23 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Harrow, S. (Supervisor) & Kitts, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Translating Landscape History: the translator as knowledge-producer

    Author: Mason, A., 6 Nov 2018

    Supervisor: Harrow, S. (Supervisor) & O'Sullivan, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)