Leona Archer

Dr Leona Archer

Senior Lecturer in French
+44 (0)1483 683067
19 LC 03
Monday 13:00-14:00 and by appointment

Academic and research departments

School of Literature and Languages.



I have been at the University of Surrey since 2015, teaching across our undergraduate degree programmes in French. I previously taught in France at Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour (2013-14) and Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3 (2012-2013).

I hold a PhD in medieval French literature from the University of Cambridge (King's College), and was awarded my MA in Medieval Studies and BA Hons. in French and Italian from the University of Exeter.

Research interests

French Literature, Medieval European Literature, Professional Training and the Year Abroad, Language Pedagogy


University roles and responsibilities

  • Subject Leader for Languages
  • Professional Training Tutor for French


    In the media

    Perceval’s Sister and the Place of Women in the Quest of the Holy Grail
    Blog post
    Women's Literary Culture and the Medieval Canon



    Archer L. Gender and Space in the Lancelot-Grail Cycle and Beyond, monograph under contract with Liverpool University Press

    Archer, Leona. (2020). Embedding employability in year abroad preparation. In Salin, Sandra; Hall, Damien; Hampton, Cathy (Eds), Perspectives on the year abroad: a selection of papers from YAC2018 (pp. 111-119). Research-publishing.net. https://doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2020.39.1056

    Archer L, Stuart A. (eds.) (2013) Visions of Apocalypse: Representations of the End in French Literature and Culture. Oxford: Peter Lang

    Archer L. (2012) 'Le Cœur et la clôture dans le cycle Lancelot-Graal', in Bisdorff C, Clemente M-C (eds.) Le Cœur dans tous ses états. Oxford: Peter Lang

    Archer L. (2012) 'Extremities of Space and Gender in the Old French La Queste del Saint Graal', in Hemmens A, Williams, R. Autour de l'Extrême Littéraire. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing