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Dr Ann Lewis

BA, M St. (Oxon), PhD (London)

Senior Lecturer in French studies (18th-century literature and culture; text-and-image relations, especially illustration)

Programme Director BA French Studies and Admissions Tutor for French

Programme Director BA Language and/with Film and Media

Co-convenor of the Birkbeck Eighteenth-Century Research Group

Contact details

Department of Cultures and Languages
Birkbeck, University of London
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD
Tel: 020 7631 6178

Research update

Dr Lewis was recently awarded Birkbeck's Ronald Tress Prize. The prize is awarded for outstanding research to a Birkbeck lecturer in the areas of Arts, Science and Social Sciences.

Her journal special issue, Picturing the Eighteenth-Century Novel Through Time: Illustration, Adaptation and Intermediality, co-edited with Christina Ionescu, was recently published in the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies (December 2016, Vol 19:4).

She is co-organising a major international conference at Birkbeck and the IMLR, in April 2020: 'Illustration Studies: New Directions, New Approaches'


Dr Ann Lewis’s research and teaching interests are in the field of 18th-century French literature and culture and, in particular, the topic of sensibility, theories of reception and reader-response, and word and image relations (especially illustrations of 18th-century French fiction).

Her book Sensibility, Reading and Illustration: Spectacles and Signs in Graffigny, Marivaux and Rousseau was published by Legenda in July 2009, and her current research project, started during the tenure of her Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, focuses on the representation of the figure of the prostitute in 18th-century France, adopting an interdisciplinary perspective.