Dr Anna-Louise Milne

Senior Lecturer, Director of Graduate Studies and Research

I completed my first degree in Philosophy and French Studies at Balliol College, Oxford University, embarked on graduate work in philosophy in France before deciding that the Comparative Literature Department of Columbia University in New York was the best place to pursue my interdisciplinary interests. My research and writing first focused on the work of Jean Paulhan, the milieu he established around the Nouvelle Revue Française and the connections between this review and the broader moment of European literary modernism (The Extreme In-Between. Jean Paulhan’s Place in the Twentieth Century, Legenda, 2006, and a joint issue of The Romanic Review, La Nouvelle Revue Française and Modernism, 2008). More recently my interests in the literary review as a place of intersection and confrontation has extended to the broader frame of the city Paris as a crossroads: the different modes and locations of encounter and experiment, particularly between different migrant and expatriate communities. This work led to a Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Paris (CUP, 2013) and an edited collection of essays on May 68 (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2010). It has involved me in workshop initiatives particularly in association with the CINQ Studios in the Centquatre Arts Centre and the Kolone Association working with young migrants and asylum seekers in Paris in the north-east of Paris where I also live. My lastest book explores the dailyness of this extraordinary contact zone, where the pressures of generalized migration are everywhere apparent, in a narrative experiment in urban poetics and history:

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I also have a strong interest in translation studies and practice and have published and spoken on translations of Proust, Gide, Conrad, James, Sartre, Tournier and Chamoiseau. This work has involved me in the MA in Cultural Translation at the American University of Paris and in work being carried out in Transcultural Psychiatry at the Maison de Solenn. 

I would be happy to consider working with students on research projects relating to urban cultural studies and/or literary studies with relevance to the further exploration of the history and representation of the city of Paris.

For more information on my work, please see allophonia.hypotheses.org/anna-louise-milne

Other Activities

The Paris Centre for Migrant Writing and Expression is a collaborative endeavor to focus attention on the way the age of migration requires us to think about how our languages(s) and expressivities shape and serve our trajectories through the world. Read more here…

Currently recipient of a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant for a project entitled Plural Cultures – Plural Spaces: Franco-British Comparative Perspectives on the Institute for Islamic Cultures (Paris) / Cultures plurielles – Espaces pluriels : Perspectives franco-britanniques sur l’Institut des Cultures d’Islam à Paris. Read more here…