My PhD research grew from a long-held interest in life-writing and 20th-21st century France. My thesis examines the autobiographical writing of three writers whose work spans most of 20th century: Michel Leiris, Georges Perec, and Marcel Bénabou. My thesis uses narrative theories of identity to question how identity is ‘in play’ for all three writers. These writers are flashpoints in the evolution of life-writing and the philosophical developments that inflected French thinking over the 20th century. My associated research interests include: literature and thought of the post-war period, especially responses to the Holocaust and Franco-Jewish writers; interactions between visual art and literature, particularly self-portraiture and autobiography; 19th century French poetry; film studies; literary collectives; photography in literature.