BA (Sydney); DEA (Paris); Doctorat (Paris)

Academic background

I first studied French and English literature at the University of Sydney, and then went to Paris with a French Government Scholarship to complete a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies in French literature at the University of Paris VII (this is now called a ‘Master 2’). I stayed at Paris VII to do a Doctorat, looking at French colonial literature at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. I taught English language and literature briefly at the Université de Toulouse-le-Mirail, and was then a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Newcastle. I have been a tutor at Christ Church since January 2005.

Undergraduate teaching

French language, translation, and literature (mostly nineteenth and twentieth centuries).

Research interests

My research focuses on the 19th-century novel, colonial and 'exotic' writing, 20th-century francophone writing, Baudelaire and Proust.

Featured publications


The Colonial Comedy: Imperialism in the French Realist Novel (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016)
Exotic Subversions in Nineteenth-Century French Fiction (Oxford: MHRA Legenda, 2008)
France and ‘Indochina’: Cultural Representations (Lexington Books, 2005) Edited with Kathryn Robson
Clichés de la femme exotique: un regard sur la littérature coloniale française entre 1871 et 1914 (L'Harmattan, 2000)


On subjects including Flaubert, Zola, Balzac, Baudelaire, Hélène Cixous, colonial literature, métissage, malaria, and colonial postcards, in peer-reviewed journals such as the Cahiers naturalistes, Dix-Neuf, L’Esprit créateur, French Cultural Studies, French Studies, Literature and Medicine, Modern and Contemporary France, Revue de Littérature Comparée, Textual Practice, and Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature.

Other interests and activities

'Running at dawn, and doodling in the margins of administrative documents. Not at the same time.'