Jean-Xavier Ridon was born in 1964 in Nantua (Jura). After completing his postgraduate studies in French literature at the Sorbonne (Paris IV), he left France in 1987 to study in the U.S.A. After five years in Illinois and finishing a Ph.D. on Michaux and Le Clézio he taught French literature. He was a visiting Assistant Professor at Vassar college, upstate New York from 1993 to 1996. His first book, J.M.G. Le Clézio, l’exil des mots, was published by Kimé in Paris in 1995. In 1996, he came back to Europe as an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham. He then started research on contemporary travel narrative and his second book, Le Voyage en son miroir, was published in 2002 with Kimé. After numerous articles he is still working on travel narratives, postcolonial theories, francophone literature and on representations of the urban space.