Christina Howells

Emeritus Fellow



Professor Howells's research work centres on Continental philosophy, literary theory, and twentieth-century French literature.

She is particularly interested in post-war French thought, for example Sartre, Derrida, Lacan, Lyotard, Foucault, Levi-Strauss and Levinas. She has also published with Routledge a Reader of articles by twenty-eight contemporary French women philosophers, and most recently a study of the relationship between subjectivity and mortality as understood by a dozen twentieth-century French philosophers.


French Literature of 19th and more especially 20th centuries; Literary Theory; and Recent French Thought.

Graduate Teaching

Christina gives seminars in Literary Theory for the MSt; she also teaches 20C French Thought for the MSt. She is happy to consider applicants for doctoral supervision in a variety of aspects of her research areas, and especially Sartre, Derrida, and theories of subjectivity.

Selected Publications

Stiegler and Technics, co-edited with Gerald Moore (Edinburgh University Press, 2013)

Mortal Subjects: Passions of the Soul in Late Twentieth-Century French Thought (Polity Press, 2011)

French Women Philosophers, A Contemporary Reader: Subjectivity, Identity, Alterity (Routledge, 2004)

Derrida: Deconstruction from Phenomenology to Ethics (Polity Press, 1998)

The Cambridge Companion to Sartre (Cambridge University Press, 1992)

Sartre: the Necessity of Freedom, (Cambridge University Press, 1988)