I am a specialist of Francophone Postcolonial Cultures. The majority of my research and teaching focuses on the literature, film and visual art of the Francophone Caribbean, and interrogates the international legacies of slavery, colonialism and postcolonialism, working at the intersection of culture, history and politics. I have also undertaken comparative work on African, Canadian and Indian contexts. My three books analyse autobiography in the Francophone Caribbean (2013), the novels of Joseph Zobel and their relationship to the Négritude movement (2018), and approaches to crime in French and Francophone cultures (2009, as editor). My most recent articles probe the relationships between the governance of human and natural populations, using the methodology of biopolitics, and proposing the new methodology of biopolitical ecocriticism.
- BA (Hons) 1st Class (Oxon)
- M. St (Distinction) (Oxon)
- D. Phil (Oxon)
Profiled in Portrait Exhibition held at Trinity College, Oxford. Exhibition Booklet and text available here:
- AHRC Peer Review College
- ITEM/CNRS Joseph Zobel Group Steering Committee
Louise Hardwick, Joseph Zobel: Négritude and the Novel (forthcoming, Liverpool University Press, 2017/18)
Louise Hardwick, Childhood, Autobiography and the Francophone Caribbean (Liverpool University Press, 2013)
Louise Hardwick (ed.), New Approaches to Crime in French Literature, Culture and Film (Oxford/Bern: Peter Lang, 2009)
2017 [forthcoming] Louise Hardwick, ‘En quête d’ « ascendance » : biodiversité et écocritique en Martinique. Le rocher du Diamant vu par Patrick Chamoiseau et Joseph Zobel in Patrick Chamoiseau et la mer des récits, Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux (series: Littératures des Afriques)
2016 Louise Hardwick, ‘Towards Biopolitical Ecocriticism: the Example of the Manifeste pour les ‘produits’ de haute nécessité’, French Studies, Vol. LXX, No. 3, 362–382, doi:10.1093/fs/knw127 [read for free online through gold-level open access]
2016 Louise Hardwick, ‘Joseph Zobel’, The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 4.1.2: Francophone Writing and Culture of Central America and the Caribbean. First published 06 June 2016 [Last accessed 21 July 2016]
2016 Louise Hardwick, ‘La Rue Cases-Nègres’, The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 4.1.2: Francophone Writing and Culture of Central America and the Caribbean. First published 06 June 2016 [Last accessed 21 July 2016]
2015 ‘Crime, Eruption, Diaspora: Creating an “Internal Gaze” in Francophone Caribbean Film’, Caribbean Quarterly: a Journal of Caribbean Culture, Official journal of the University of the West Indies. Special issue on ‘Caribbean film’ edited by Jean Antoine-Dunne [invited article], pp. 42-57.