Licence, BA, MPhil, PGCE, PhD

Academic background

I hold a Licence in Lettres Modernes (Paris IV Sorbonne), a BA Joint Honours in English and French, an MPhil, and PhD in French Studies (Cambridge).

Undergraduate teaching

I teach Prelims Literature and Translation from French to Honours Students. I also teach special authors (Paper XI).

Research interests

My research interests are in Twentieth and Twenty-first century French and Francophone Literature. I have long standing interest in colonial-postcolonial writing, women's writing, and currently am working on a project on refugee children's memoirs and other testimonial practices.

Featured publications


(2024) Refugee Afterlives: Home, Hauntings, and Hunger (Liverpool University Press)

(2021) Migrant Masculinities in Women’s Writing: (In)Hospitality, Community and Vulnerability (Palgrave Macmillan, Cham)

(2015) Locating Hybridity: Creole, Identities and Body Politics. (Peter Lang, Bern)

Edited Volume

(2022) (co-edited with Alice Roullière) Catching Up with Time: Belatedness and Anachronies in Francophone Literature and Culture (Peter Lang, Oxford)

Published peer reviewed articles and book chapters

(2024) “Against the Flow”: Exile and “Willful Subjects” in Malika Mokeddem’s Mes Hommes and Kim Thúy’s Vi, Contemporary Women's Writing, 2024,vpad024, 

(2023) ‘Post-migratory Identities: Changing Masculinities in Kim Thúy’s Vi’ in Touching Beauty: The Poetics of Kim Thúy, Eds Miléna Santoro and Jack Yeagar, Queen-McGill UP.

(2021c) ‘“Chez moi pas chez moi”: Home(lessness) in Kim Thúy’s Narratives’ in Forum for Modern Language Studies (Journal), 1-17,

(2021b) ‘Elsewhere Home: Hospitality, Affect and Language in Chen’s Lettres chinoises and Thúy’s Vi’ in Quebec Studies (Journal), 71, 91-110.

(2021a) ‘“Nothing Ever Dies”: Memory and Marginal Children’s voices in Rwandan and Vietnamese Refugee Writing’ in Journal of the British Academy, 9 (s3), 157-172.

(2020b) ‘Dire l’indicible: Children, Trauma and Post-war Silences in Kim Thúy’s Ru and Grace Ly’s Jeune fille modèle’ in International Journal of Francophone Studies, 23 (1&2), 99–117.

(2020a) ‘Disrupting Homogeneous Nation-space: The Black Male Body and the Migrant Woman Writer’s Gaze (Léonora Miano and Fatou Diome)’ in L’Esprit Créateur (Journal), 60 (2), 41-54.

(2019) ‘Le pays, c’était comme la femme d’un autre’: Reconceptualising African Migrant Masculinity in Fatou Diome’s Le Ventre de l’Atlantique and Léonora Miano’s Tels des astres éteints’, Special Issue of Itinéraires (Journal) on La renaissance littéraire africaine en débat 2019, 1.

(2015b) ‘Victimes ou bourreaux? : Ecrire les hommes dans Le Sari vert, Blue Bay Palace et Les Hommes qui me parlent ‘ Interculturel Francophonie (Journal), 28, 135-156.

(2015a) ‘The Twice-displaced: Mapping Alternative Diasporic Identities in Works by Ananda Devi and Nathacha Appanah’, Journal of South Asian Diaspora Studies, 7(2), 167-181.

(2014) ‘Les Voix de la Coolitude: Entre harmonie et dissonances (Maryse Condé, Shiva Naipaul et Ananda Devi)’, Les Cahiers du GRELCEF (Journal), 5, 19-36.

(2013b) ‘Rebelles, prostituées et meurtrières dans les romans d’Ananda Devi’, in Rebelles et criminelles chez les écrivaines d’expression française, edited by Colette Trout and Frédérique Chevillot, Rodopi, Boston, 115-128.

(2013a) ‘The Human-Animal in Ananda Devi’s Texts: Towards an Ethics of Hybridity?’ in Women’s Writing in Twentieth Century France, edited by Gill Rye and Amaleena Damlé, University of Wales Press, 127-140.

(2012) ‘Almost White but not Quite: A Comparative Reading of Ferblanc's Hybridity in Ananda Devi's Soupir’ Comparative Critical Studies (Journal) Volume 9, pp 319-332.
(2011b) ‘Interrogating Identity: Psychological Dislocations in the Novels of Ananda Devi’, Dalhousie French Studies (Journal), 94, 27-38.

(2011a) ‘Représenter l’altérité: le corps grotesque dans l’oeuvre Romanesque d’Ananda Devi’ in Ecrivaines mauriciennes au féminin: Penser l’altérité, edited by Srilata Ravi and Véronique Bragard, L’Harmattan, Paris, 179-193.

(2010) ‘L’ex-il/île ou l’île intérieure: l’île Maurice dans l’oeuvre romanesque d’Ananda Devi’, Palabres: Revue d’études francophones (Journal), edited by Eileen Lohka and Selom Gbanou, XI (2), 93-110.