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Meet our Authors: Vanessa Guignery - July 2015

Vanessa Guignery is Professor of Contemporary English Literature and Postcolonial Literature at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France, having previously taught at the Sorbonne in Paris. She is a member of the Institut Universitaire de France, has been a Fellow and University Affiliate at the Harry Ransom Humanities Centre in Austin, Texas, on several occasions since 2006, and was an invited Professor at the Department of English at the University of Texas in Austin in the spring of 2011.

She is the author of a number of books and essays on the work of Julian Barnes, as well as a monograph on B.S. Johnson and a French translation of Jonathan Coe’s biography of the same writer. Vanessa is the author of Seeing and Being: Ben Okri’s The Famished Road, and is the editor of numerous collections of essays on contemporary English and postcolonial literature. She has also published articles on several British and Indian contemporary writers, and is currently editing a special issue of the journal Callaloo on Ben Okri. Vanessa has recently published The Inside of a Shell: Alice Munro’s Dance of the Happy Shades with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and has also edited volumes including The B. S. Johnson - Zulfikar Ghose Correspondence, The Famished Road: Ben Okri’s Imaginary Homelands, and Voices and Silence in the Contemporary Novel in English, with another title forthcoming.


A returning author with Cambridge Scholars, Vanessa explains why she has published on several occasions with us:

Since 2009, Cambridge Scholars Publishing has published four of my books and a fifth is underway. I greatly appreciate working with my various interlocutors, who are always receptive, diligent and professional. I particularly enjoy the quality of communication with the commissioning editors, the typesetting manager and the dust jacket designers who take my suggestions and queries into account, but also offer their own input. The books themselves are beautiful objects to behold and testify to the meticulous care the team takes to achieve the finest results.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Vanessa’s most recent publication, The Inside of a Shell: Alice Munro’s Dance of the Happy Shades. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJUL15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th August 2015.

To find out more about Vanessa, click here.


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