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Professor Lisa Downing

Professor Lisa Downing is the Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality and the Director of the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Sexuality and Gender in Europe at the University of Exeter.
She works in the field of nineteenth-century studies and the history of discourses. In the field of the history of sexuality, she is involved in a collaborative project on Nature and Normality in the History of Sexuality, co-organised by the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Sexuality and Gender in Europe (Exeter) and the Centre for the History of European Discourses. In the field of sexuality studies and cultural studies, she is engaged in an ongoing, long-term collaborative project on The Cultural Practices of Eros and Thanatos. In the field of queer studies, she is in the early planning stages a project on Queer in Europe in collaboration with Dr Robert Gillett (Queen Mary, University of London),  Dr Bart Eeckhout (University of Antwerp, Belgium) and Dr Joanna Mizielinska (University of Warsaw, Poland).
Authored books
Desiring the Dead: Necrophilia and Nineteenth-Century French Literature, Legenda (Oxford: EHRC, 2003), pp. 146, ISBN: 1900755653 
Patrice Leconte, French Film Directors Series (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004), pp. 166, ISBN: paperback: 0719064252; hardback: 0719064244
The Cambridge Introduction to Michel Foucault (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), pp. 160, ISBN: paperback: 9780521682992; hardback: 9780521864435
Edited books
Currencies: Fiscal Fortunes and Cultural Capital in Nineteenth-Century France, ed. with Sarah Capitanio, Paul Rowe and Nick White (Bern and Oxford: Peter Lang, 2005), pp. 211, ISBN: 3039105132
Perversion: Psychoanalytic Perspectives/ Perspectives on Psychoanalysis, ed. with Dany Nobus (London: Karnac Books, 2006), pp. 260, ISBN: 1855759179 
Birth and Death in Nineteenth-Century French Culture, ed. with Nigel Harkness, Sonya Stephens and Tim Unwin (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007), pp. 260, ISBN: 9042022604
From Perversion to Purity: The Stardom of Catherine Deneuve, ed. with Sue Harris (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007), pp. 188, ISBN: 0719073383 
Articles in refereed journals 
'On the Limits of Sexual Ethics: The Phenomenology of Autassassinophilia' , Sexuality and Culture, 8, 1, Winter, 2004, 3-17, ISSN: 10955143
'Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Aesthetic Violence and Motiveless Murder in French Decadent Fiction', French Studies, 58, 2, April, 2004, 189-204, ISSN: 00161128
'The Measure of Sexual Dysfunction: A Plea for Theoretical Limitlessness ', Transformations: Region, Culture, Society, Special Issue on 'Regions of Sexuality', ed. Iain Morland and Wendy O'Brien no. 8, July, 2004, ISSN: 1444377 
 'French Cinema's New Sexual Revolution: Postmodern Porn and Troubled Genre', French Cultural Studies , Special Issue on 'New Directions in French Cinema' ed. Sue Harris, 15, 3, October, 2004, 265-80, ISSN: 01427237
(co-authored with Dany Nobus ), 'The Iconography of Asphyxiophilia: From Fantasmatic Fetish to Forensic Fact', Paragraph: A Journal of Modern Critical Theory, November, 2004, 1-15, ISSN: 02648334 
'The Birth of the Beast: Death-Driven Masculinity in Monneret, Zola and Freud', Dix-Neuf, fully refereed online journal of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes, no. 5, September 2005, 28-46, ISSN: 14787318
Baise-moi or the Ethics of the Desiring Gaze’ in Nottingham French Studies, Special Issue on ‘Focalizing the Body: Contemporary Women Writers and Filmmakers in France’, ed. Gill Rye and Carrie Tarr, 45, 3, 2006, 52-65, ISSN: 00294586
‘Re-viewing the Sexual Relation: Levinas and Film', Film-Philosophy, fully refereed electronic journal, Special Issue on ‘The Occluded Relation: Levinas and Cinema’, ed. Sarah Cooper, 11, 2, 2007, 49-65, ISSN: 14664615 
Chapters in books
'Ecstasies and Agonies: The “Oceanic Feeling”, God and Sexuality in Baudelaire and Villiers de l’Isle-Adam’ in (Un)Faithful Texts: Religion in French and Francophone Literature from the 1780s to the 1980s, ed. Paul Cooke and Jane Lee (New Orleans: University Press of the South, 2000), pp. 53-66, ISBN: 1889431524
'Sexuality’ in Encyclopedia of Modern French Thought, ed. Christopher John Murray (London and New York: Taylor and Francis, 2004), pp. 582-7, ISBN: 1579583849 
‘Perversion, Historicity, Ethics’ in Perversion: Psychoanalytic Perspectives/ Perspectives on Psychoanalysis, ed. Dany Nobus and Lisa Downing (London: Karnac Books, 2006), pp. 149-63, ISBN: 1855759179
'Polanski’s Deneuve: Frigidity and Feminism’ in From Perversion to Purity: The Stardom of Catherine Deneuve, ed. Lisa Downing and Sue Harris (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007), pp. 14-28, ISBN: 071907338 
‘Beyond Safety: Erotic Asphyxiation and the Limits of S/M Discourse’ in Safe, Sane and Consensual: Contemporary Perspectives on Sadomasochism ed. Darren Langridge and Meg Barker (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007), pp. 119-32, ISBN: 0230517749

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