Accès membres


Françoise STOREY is a full-time University Associate Professor and Researcher at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis. Formerly a researcher at the Centre de Recherche sur les Etudes de Langue Anglaise (CRELA), she is now affiliated to the Centre Transdisciplinaire d’Epistémologie de la Littérature (CTEL). In 1997, she defended her doctoral thesis on Allegory in the works of Margaret Atwood and Angela Carter.  She then published several articles, one for Rodopi (Amsterdam) on the theme of subversive discourse on the body in a short story by Margaret Atwood, as well as  on the theme of desire in one of Margaret Atwood's works of fiction, The Handmaid’s Tale. In September 2008 she participated in the international conference on "Women and Crime" that took place in the University of Lyon. This was an opportunity for her to present her research on the re-writing of a famous crime that was the focus of Margaret Atwood's novel Alias Grace. This article was co-written with Jeff Storey. She participated in the international conference on "Women and Spirituality" that was organized by the University of Aix-en-Provence in June 2009, as well as in the conference " Interdisciplinary Approaches to Spirituality" in University of Vienna, Austria (July 2009). As a member of the  CTEL, with Jeff Storey, and in collaboration with the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis and the University of Rennes, she organized the international conference on "Transdisciplinary Approaches to Spirituality in the Arts and Science" that took place in Nice, France, in June 2011. She published a collective book entitled Theorizing the Spiritual: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Spirituality in the Arts and Science (EME publishing) in 2015. She is now focusing her research on myth and initiation as part of the course she teaches on "Mythology and Video-games" in the graduate engineering school of Polytech'Nice-Sophia. She is also the co-founder and a permament member of the scientific council of international research group Theorias (founded in 2011).

Individual publications :

1. L’Allégorie dans l’oeuvre de Margaret Atwood et Angela Carter, PhD thesis, Lille : Presses Universitaires de Lille, 1998.

2. "Desire in The Handmaid’s Tale", in Cahiers de l’I.P.E.C, Rouen : Université de Rouen, n°6, 1999.

3. "Subversive Corporeal Discourse in Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Female Body'", in Telling Stories: Postcolonial Short Fiction in English, Amsterdam, Rodopi, 2001.

4. “Law, the word of God and Subversion in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale”, in Cycnos, Université de Nice, Editions du Centre de Recherche d’Etudes de Langue Anglaise, vol.19 (n°2), 2002.

Collective Publications :

5. “History and Allegory in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake”, in Cycnos, Nice, Faculté des Lettres de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, vol. 22:2, 2006 (Title of the issue: La science-fiction dans l’histoire, l’histoire dans la science-fiction).

 6.  "Re-writing a woman’s crime: Alias Grace and the absence of truth", in Fiction, Crime and the Feminine, Abouddahab, Rédouane & Paccaud-Huguet, Josiane (eds), Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, March 2011.

7. "Ecological Disaster, the Book and eternal vigilance in Margaret Atwood's work", forthcoming.

8. "God is a cluster of Neurons’: Spirituality and Gene Manipulation in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake", in Literature and Spirituality in the English-Speaking World, Kathie Birat & Brigit Zaugg (eds.), Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien: Peter Lang (Coll. Recherche en Littérature et Spiritualité, vol. 22), 2014, pp. 32-47.

9. Theorizing the Spiritual: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Spirituality in the Arts and Sciences, Claude Le-Fustec, Françoise & Jeff Storey (dir.), Fernelmont (Belgique), Editions EME, collection « Esthétique et Spiritualité », 2015.

10. "Spirituality and Video Games: Re-inventing Initiation in the Digital Age", in Spirituality: an Interdisciplinary View, Jennifer Mata, Tihana Kovac, Gace Miller (eds), Oxford, Interdisciplinary Press, 2016, pp. 151-161.

11. "Transcending Postcolonial Identity through Myth: Yann Martel's Life of Pi", in Literary Location and Dislocation of Myth in the Post/Colonial Anglophone World, André Dodeman, Elodie Raimbault, Boston, Brill Rodopi, 2017, pp. 209-226.

12. "The Goddess, the Snake and Video-games: at the Origins of the Monomyth", forthcoming.


Conference participation:

International Conference “ L’histoire dans la Science-fiction, La Science-fiction dans l’Histoire”, C.R.E.L.A, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, March 2005.

International conference  “Women and Crime in the British Isles and North America since 1500”, C.A.R.M.A, University of Lyon 2 & 3, September 2008.

International conference “Women and Spirituality”, L.E.R.M.A, Université d’Aix-en-Provence, June 2009. Contribution on: "Spirituality, voice and "the language of the marshes" in Margaret Atwood's world of fiction".

International Conference “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Spirituality”, University of Vienna (Austria), July 2009. Contribution on "Spirituality and Religion in Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake: What do you want me to do?".

International Conference “Translating Myth”, Essex University (Colchester, England), September 2013. Contribution on "Life of Pi: a myth for the third millenium".

International Conference “Location and Dislocation of Myth in the Colonial and Postcolonial Anglophone World”, 9-11 April, Université Stendhal 3, Grenoble (France). Contribution on "Transcending post-colonial identity through Myth: Yan Martel's Life of Pi".

5th Global conference "Spirituality in the 21st century: at the Interface of Praxis, Theory, Pedagogy", 18-20 March 2015, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Lisbon (Portugal). Contribution on "Spirituality and video-games: re-inventing Initiation in the Digital Age".

5th International Conference on Mythcriticism: Myth and Audiovisual Creation, 15-26 October 2018, University of Madrid. Contribution on "The Goddess, the Snake and video-games: at the origins of the Monomyth".


Conference organization:

Co-organized the 1stInternational Conference on “Transdisciplinary Approaches to Spirituality in the Arts and Sciences”, C.T.E.L  University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, co-organized with the University of Rennes, June 2011.

Key words : Spirituality, Myth, Archeomythology, Goddess theory (Marija Gimbutas), Monomyth (Joseph Campbell & Christopher Vögler), Mythology in video-games, science-fiction, Science and Religion, Commonwealth Literature.