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Prof. Naomi Segal is a comparatist whose research focuses on literature, culture and theory in French and German, mainly in the 19c and 20c, with a particular focus on psychoanalysis, the body, gender and sexuality. After completing her PhD on Proust, Rilke, Hofmannsthal and Sartre at King’s College London in 1978, she was a Research Fellow at St Anne’s College, Oxford, and then held Fellowships and Tutorships at Queens’ College, Cambridge (1980-86) and St John’s College Cambridge (1986-93). She was appointed in 1993 to an established chair in French Studies at the University of Reading, where she founded and directed the MA on The Body & Representation, which ran 1995-2005 and included several series of international Guest Lectures and a coedited book, Indeterminate Bodies (2003). In 2004, she founded the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies at the University of London. In 2005, she was appointed Chevalier dans l’Ordre des palmes académiques, in 2012 Academic Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society and in 2013 Member of the Academia Europaea.