Delphine Cingal

Associate Professor and chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. She defended her PhD on P.D. James in 2000.

Research subject: detective fiction. After working on how clues (and especially corpses) are read, she is currently working on a book about detective fiction and intertextual references.


1) December 1997: “L’intertextualité dans les romans policiers de P.D. James : jeu littéraire ou choix stratégique? “, Conference “jeu(x)” organised by Centre de recherche Intertextualités littéraires et artistiques, University of Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle.

2) November 1999: “Murder by Death or How to Dispose of Detective Fiction”, Magna Cum Murder (international conference organized at the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne).

3) April 2002: “Text and Intertext in Daniel Pennac’s Malaussene Novels”, Conference on Italian and French Detective Fiction, Institute of Romance Studies, London.

4) January 2004: “P.D. James, The Skull Beneath The Skin: Jeux de miroirs et palimpsestes” Conference on “Illusion”, organised by SAIT at the University of Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle.

5) March 2007: “Building, deconstructing and reconstructing: real and imaginary London in P.D. James’s detective fiction”, Conference on “London” organized by François Gallix and Vanessa Guignery at the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne.

Selected publications

1) “Fiction policière et palimpsestes policés”, Etudes anglaises, September 1997.

2) “Intertextuality in the Detective Fiction of P.D. James”, Clues (Fall-Winter 2001), Bowling Green University Press.