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Karine Chevalier is Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone studies/ and Film at Roehampton since 2007. She is as well a filmmaker.


- Director, editor: Paradoxes (8 minutes), short film, London, 2018.

- Director, editor : Behind the scenes/ Les Arcanes de l'Institut Français du Royaume-Uni (22 mins), produced by Anissa Rachef, screened at Cine Lumiere, London, 2012.

- Producer, director, script writer, Origines du monde(6 mins) short film, London, 2010.

- Co-director, editor and script writer, Lost tango (74 mins) feature film, produced by Red River, London, 2010. Screened at the International Film Festival Ireland, Heart of England International Film Festival, International Film Festival South Africa, International Film Festival Egypt. Winner of first feature film award at the 2011 Swansea Bay Film Festival,

- Assistant-director, editor, composer, Like Always (15 mins), short film, produced by Mohammad Abdi, London, 2009. Screened in New-Zeland.

- Composer,soundtracks for short film, Darkslide, 2004, dir. Jörg Wagner, screened at the Latin American Film Festival (2004).


Karine holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Stendhal University Grenoble III (France), a BA in Film Practice and Aesthetics from Paris I Sorbonne (France), an MA and a DEA in Research on the Imaginary. She has gained a Ph.D in Comparative Literature co-supervised in France (Grenoble University) and the UK (University of Westminster) entitled “Poetics of Memory: Trace, Mask, Palimpsest, Chaos in the Novels of Nabile Farès, Juan Rulfo, Daniel Maximin and Salman Rushdie”. This study focuses mainly on Francophone, Mexican and Anglo-Indian literature. She proposed a method for analysing literature which holds memory to be central both to the themes and to the stylistic features of the text.  


The Higher Education Academy

TECHNE peer reviewer

External Examinor : BA (Hons) Film Production- theory (University for the Creative Arts, 2020-2024);  BA French-Modern Languages and  European Studies (University of Bath, 2021-2025)

The Centre for Research in Arts and Creative Exchange (School of Arts, Roehampton University)

The Centre for Research in 'Identité Culturelle Textes et Théâtralité' (Avignon, France)

 Esthetica y Theoria de Las Artes in Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha y Universidad de Salamanca (Spain)

Research projects

Her main research interests lie in the field of Transnational Cinema, French Cinema, Visual Arts and Aesthetics, Francophone Postcolonial Studies as well as Filmmaking. She has published two monographs on memory from both imaginative and cultural perspectives (La Mémoire et l'Absent. Nabile Farès et Juan Rulfo de la Trace au Palimpseste. Paris : L'Harmattan, 2008; La Mémoire et le Présent. Daniel Maximin et Salman Rushdie du Masque au Chaos. Paris : L'Harmattan, 2010) as well as numerous articles about French and Francophone literature (Assia Djebar, Abdelkebir Khatibi) and cinema (Bertrand Bonello, Celine Sciamma, Chantal Akerman, Jean Gremillon, Georges Franju, Tony Gatliff). The main focus of her multidisciplinary research is about the use and representation of masks. Other interests include the Arts, Intermediality, Broken Faces, Insularity from local to global expression, representation of Violence, Youth in cinema, cinema and literature in Corsica.

Dr Karine Chevalier has been recently focusing her research on the representation of violence and its link to the experience of resilience applied onto films mainly but as well literature in the French and Francophone context. She combines postcolonial theories and researches on intermediality in her work ( see “De la parole déflagrée à la parole dessinée : La Jeune Femme et la Mort - Nabile Farès et Kamel Khélif” and “From Joseph Conrad to Chantal Akerman: Language in Exile and Cinematic Displacement”). She continues her previous research on masks  (see “Les gueules cassées ou l’éthique de l’écran crevé : du masque au visage cinématographique”). She is as well interested in gender performances and socio-history in the French national context to approach Film (see “Repetition and Difference: the representation of youth in the cinema of Céline Sciamma” and “Le cinéma français face à la violence: du New French Extremism à une violence intériorisée”).  She applied some of these theories to re-evaluate specific genre such as road movies (see “Des autoroutes en déroute : un  autre voyage du cinema”) and  she is now focusing specifically on the Corsican context (Film and Literature) to apprehend the representation of violence (not only through the lens of gender theories but as well postcolonial history and the representation of minorities (see:  “L’autre Corse : une géopoétique polyphonique en mouvement”) which previously included the animal and its representation “Souffrance animale et angoisse cinématographique : réflexions sur l’éthique et l’esthétique du Sang des bêtes de Georges Franju”).



She has convened and/or taught in the following areas:

- French language

- French culture

- European cinema

- French cinema

- Francophone postcolonial studies

- Gender and Ethnicity

- Text, Image and Context

- French Language through Films Aspects

- Transcultural studies project

- Transcreation

-  Low-budget filmmaking

- Essay film

- Thinking with Images 

- Screenwriting

List of modules taught : 

In French : 

- Le cinéma francophone d'Amérique.

-          Du point de vue de l’autre scène (théatre, narration et scène imaginaire au cinéma)

-          L'amour : un écran de fantasmes, de pulsions et de révolutions

-          Des espaces et des frontières : les enjeux de la spatialité dans le cinéma francophone

-          La langue sous les projecteurs

-          Le cinéma se révolte

-          L’histoire fait son cinéma

-          La nourriture au cinéma

-          Cinéma et musique

-          Le road-movie français

-          La banlieue au cinéma

-          Le film noir 

-          L’humour au cinéma

-          Blonde, brune, rousse, le cinéma français et ses actrices

-          Le cinéma au féminin

-          Entre masques et carnavals

-          Belles et bêtes dans le cinéma français

-          Le retour de la comédie française

-          Un cinéma du corps

-          Travestissement, mascarade et fétichisme dans le cinéma francophone

-          Documentaire et fiction: un dialogue

-          La religion dans le cinéma français

-           Mémoire et cinéma

-           Le cinéma (de) corse

-          La littérature francophone postcoloniale

-          Le cinéma postcolonial francophone

-          Projets créatifs et transculturalisme

-          Images, textes et contextes

-          Le français à travers les films

-          Etudes postcoloniales féminines

-          Français langue étrangère (niveau débutant jusqu’à C2)


In English: 

-          Modernity & the City: Revolution, Spectacle, Representation in Arts & Literature- Paris, Capital of Arts 1848-1919

-          Francophone Cultural Identities

-          French National Cinema

-          Introduction to France and the French speaking World

-          European Cinema

-          Think, Create, Translate

-          Filmmaking Portfolio

-          Aspects of French culture

-          Film History and Criticism

-          Transnational Studies Project

-          Francophone Studies

-          Advanced Communication

-          Thinking with images

-          Essay Film Production

-         The Inner Writer: Developing Voice 

-          Independent Creative/Critical Dissertation

-          Forms of Screenwriting