I graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an Honours Degree in French and German, 1966, and with a PhD in French literature, 1976. From 1970 until 2008, I taught in the French Department at the University of Stirling. I have also taught for periods up to a year at universities in France and Germany: Haute Bretagne (Rennes), Perpignan and Passau. In 2002 I was invited by the Nobel prize-winning French novelist Claude Simon to edit his collected works in the prestigious Bibliothèque de la Pléiade. In 2012-13 I was scientific advisor to the steering committee which organised a Claude Simon exhibition at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. From 2012 to 2017 I was President of the international Association des lecteurs de Claude Simon and in overall charge of the peer-reviewed journal Cahiers Claude Simon.