I began my studies at the University of Glasgow, where I completed an MA, MLitt and a PhD. My doctoral research focused on the bande dessinée (the French-language graphic novel) and the representation of women within this art form over the 20th century. The publication of a monograph derived from this research, entitled Invisible Presence: The Representation of Women in French-language Comics, is forthcoming (Intellect). I am also co-editing a special edition of journal Studies in Comics on the theme of “Women in, on and Making Comics”, which is set for publication in 2016.
Text-image media, bande dessinée, twentieth-century French culture and critical theory
My principal research interests include text/image culture, visual representations of migration and depictions of trauma in the bande dessinée. I have published on each of these topics in recent years (see Publications). A further research interest concerns the French Départment d’Outremer Guyane, notably the social and cultural plurality of this under-studied region, which became the focus of an international conference I co-organised Locating Guyane at ULIP in July 2014. I am currently co-editing a volume on this research theme, also entitled Locating Guyane.
I would be happy to consider working with students on research projects relating to text/image culture, particularly graphic novels, and representations of women, trauma or displacement.
- Invisible Presence: The Representation of Women in French-language Comics, Intellect (forthcoming, 2018).
Edited Volumes/Special Issues
- Locating Guyane, co-edited with Dr Sarah Wood, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2018
- “Centre Stage on the Page: Women in, on and making Comics.” Special issue, Studies in Comics 7.2 (2017), co-edited with Sarah Lightman.
- “Tracing the Trauma of Clandestine Migration in the Bande Dessinée” in Immigrants and Comics: Graphic Spaces of Remembrance, Transaction, and Mimesis, ed. N. L. Serrano, Routledge (forthcoming, 2018).
- “Performing and Parading Gender in French Guiana’s Carnival” in Locating Guyane, eds. C. MacLeod and S. Wood, Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 183-200.
- “From Wandering Women to Fixed Females: Relations of gendered movement through post-colonial space in Lettres d’Outremer and Le Bar du vieux Français”, chapter of Comic Book Geographies, ed. J.Dittmer, Franz Verlag Steiner, 2014, 75-90.
- “Sex and Death in Quebec: Female AutobioBD and Julie Doucet's Changements d'Adresses” in European Comic Art, Volume 5, Number 1, July 2012, 57-70
- “L’Eugénisme pour les enfants: Heroes, Villains and Racial Purity in Le Téméraire” in L'Esprit Createur, Volume 52, Number 2, Summer 2012, 59-74
- “Adopting and Adapting: Ethnic Minority Women’s Quest for Identity in the Bande Dessinée”, in Adaptation: Studies in French and Francophone Culture, ed. N. Archer & A. Weisl-Shaw, Oxford, Bern, etc.: Peter Lang, Modern French Identities series (ed. Peter Collier), 2012, 207-218
- “(Post)-Colonial Persistence – The Presence of the ‘Black Venus’ in the Work of Warnauts and Raives” in Contemporary French Civilisation (36:3), November 2011, 287-302