I joined the University of Stirling in 2018 as a Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies, after working as a Teaching Fellow at Southampton University, and a University teacher at Glasgow University.
I am a native French speaker with a Bachelor and a Masters Degree in English and I hold a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Glasgow. My doctoral thesis examined Francophone and Anglophone literary and cinematic cultures through a study of contemporary rewritings of fairy tales.
I’m interested in the environments in which films and texts are produced and circulated, and have been using fairy-tale motifs in particular to examine different cultural trends and different fields of cultural production. For instance, I have published on the use of the fairy-tale as a tool for shaping nostalgia in recent urban fairy-tale TV series, and on the differing use of the wondrous in recent Francophone and Anglophone novels. I have also recently finished a project on Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales (2015) which examines how the interweaving of the visceral and the artificial in the film impact the depiction of gender roles and the meaning of the tales.
My current monograph project explores a number of contemporary women writers’ key preoccupations by studying the significance of food and consumption in their works. By delving into the intricate links between food, the representation of gender, the body, and power relationships, the main goal of the research is to evaluate how these depictions in fairy-tale rewritings reflect, respond to, and engage with the society from which they emerge.
I also have a keen interest in language and translation, in particular the ethics of translation in feminist translation, contemporary fiction (Scottish fiction in particular), and the concept of place in literature. For instance, I am currently working on a collaborative project with Dr. Rachel Hunt (Edinburgh University) on the romanticisation of Scotland and the impact this has on the way we perceive landscapes and interact with spaces such as bothies.
Since I started at Stirling in September 2018, I have convened and taught the two Honours French Language modules (FREU9L7 & FREU9L8), the French beginners module (FREU9B2) as well the Global Cinema module Transnational Cinema (EUCU9DD) for which I gave weekly seminars and contributed lectures on Jacques Audiard's Dheepan (2015).
I have also been teaching on the first and second year core French modules (FREU9A1, FREU9A2, FREU9A3, FREU9A4) and contributed lectures on French history, French contemporary culture and identity, and Maupassant's Boule de Suif (1880).
I have also contributed to Stirling's MSc in Gender Studies, giving for instance seminars on Maggie Nelson's work and Feminism and Fairy tales for the Key Feminist Thinkers module (GNDPP03), as well as supervising projects for the Advanced Readings in Gender Studies module (GNDPP06).
I have also been supervising honours dissertations (FREU9D2 & FREU9D3), as well as year abroad projects (LANUFRE).