I joined the University of London Institute in Paris in 2013 after teaching at King’s College London and at l’Université de Paris-Ouest Nanterre. I was awarded a PhD in French and Hispanic Studies in 2011 from King’s College London for a thesis that examined the specificity of women’s experiences of exile as expressed in the literary works of contemporary Francophone and Latin American women writers. A monograph developed from my doctoral thesis, entitled Exile and Nomadism in French and Hispanic Women’s Writing, was published in 2014 with Legenda.

My teaching at ULIP is driven by my research interests in 20th and 21st-century literature, and more particularly, in comparative literature, transnational identities and literary cultures, translingual writing, postcolonial studies, gender studies, and translation.

Teaching Specialism

20th and 21st-century literatures in French, transnational writing, postcolonial studies, gender studies, and translation.

Qualifications

PhD in French and Hispanic Studies in 2011 from King’s College London

Research

I am currently involved in a number of individual and collaborative research projects broadly concerned with the stakes of crossing geographical borders and moving between languages in Francophone and Latin American women’s writing. The forthcoming edited volume, Exiles, Travellers and Vagabonds: Rethinking Mobility in Francophone Women’s Writing (University of Wales Press, 2016), seeks to interrogate the terminology and conceptualisation surrounding women’s transnational mobility. My current book project examines women’s literary representations of migration and exile that move beyond the experience of arrival and transition to examine ‘settlement’ and ageing in displacement, also focusing more widely on the representation of female ageing by contemporary women writers. I am also a collaborator on the Minority Writing in European Literary Fields project, based at King’s College Cambridge and the University of London, to which I contribute my research into recent and contemporary Francophone Latin American writing.

Professional Memberships and Activities

I am a member of the Steering Committee of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing at the Institute of Modern Languages Research at the University of London, and I am on the editorial boards of the Series in French and Francophone Studies at the University of Wales Press and the Collection Chemins croisés at the Presses Universitaires de l’Université de Nanterre.

 

Publications

Books

  • Exiles, Travellers and Vagabonds: Rethinking Mobility in Francophone Women’s Writing (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2016) (edited with Isabel Hollis)
  • Exile and Nomadism in French and Hispanic Women’s Writing (Oxford: Legenda, 2014)
  • Le Mensonge: Multidisciplinary Perspectives in French Studies (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2010) (edited with Matthew Moran)

Chapters

  • ‘Gendered Spaces of Ageing: The Liberations and Limitations of Urban Space in Annie Ernaux and Nancy Huston’, in Women and the City: French Literature and Culture, ed. by Siobhán McIlvanney and Gillian Ni Cheallaigh (forthcoming with University of Wales Press)
  • ‘Laura Restrepo’, in The Contemporary Spanish American Novel: Bolaño and After, ed. by Will H. Corral, Nicholas Birns, and Juan E. De Castro (New York: Bloomsbury, 2013), pp. 252-57.

Articles

  • ‘Writing Displacement, Demythologising Violence: Discourses of Violence in Contemporary Colombia and Laura Restrepo’s La multitud errante’, Romance Studies, 33.3/4 (2015), 297-308.
  •  ‘The Formal Architecture of Identity in Nancy Huston’s L’Empreinte de l’ange’, Francosphères, 1.2 (Dec 2012), 171-84.
  • ‘Queering the margins: Pedro Lemebel’s Loco afán’, Dandelion: Postgraduate Arts Journal, 2.1 (Spring 2011), 1-13.
  • ‘Neither Here nor There: Linda Lê and Kim Lefèvre’s Literary Homecoming’, Women in French Studies, Special Issue: ‘Women in the Middle’ (2009), 74-84.
  • ‘Le “vrai” moi: Nancy Huston’s Concern for Authenticity’, Essays in French Literature and Culture, 45 (2008), 1-18.

 

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