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Antonia Wimbush


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Research and Teaching Interests

I completed my PhD at the University of Birmingham in February 2018. My doctoral studies examined themes of exile and migration in life writing written by women from across the Francophone postcolonial world and were fully funded by the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. I worked as a lectrice at Université Paul-Valéry in Montpellier and as a Teaching Fellow at Birmingham before joining the Department of Politics, Languages, and International Studies in September 2019.



My doctoral research explored issues of mobility, identity, displacement, and exile as expressed in contemporary autobiographical narratives written in French by women writers from across the Francophone postcolonial world. I drew on postcolonial theory, gender theory, and autobiographical theory to analyse texts by Nina Bouraoui (Algeria), Gisèle Pineau (Guadeloupe), Véronique Tadjo (Côte d’Ivoire), and Kim Lefèvre (Vietnam). My thesis concluded that these four writers, whose experiences of mobility have been shaped by French colonialism, have adopted the genre of autofiction to express their exilic identity in their own way. My forthcoming monograph, Autofiction: A Female Francophone Aesthetic of Exile, will be published by Liverpool University Press.

I have written articles on exile, memory, and trauma in contemporary Francophone literature. Recent publications address French Caribbean migration during and after World War Two, and how these migratory phenomena are represented in contemporary cultural production in French.

I am working with Dr Polly Galis and Dr Maria Tomlinson to edit a special issue of L’Esprit Créateur on ‘Challenging Normative Spaces and Gazes: Imagining the Body in the Francophone World’, following a conference organised in January 2018 at the University of Birmingham. We are also publishing an edited collection in 2020 with Peter Lang to investigate questions of gender and sexuality in Francophone contexts.

Other responsibilities

I have been Conference Secretary for the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies since 2016 ( I am currently co-organising (with Dr Jonathan Lewis, Bangor University) the annual conference, entitled ‘Postcolonial Realms of Memory in the Francophone World’, to be held on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th November 2019.

Education/Academic qualification

Francophone Postcolonial Studies, Doctor of Literature, University of Birmingham

1 Sep 201428 Feb 2018

Award Date: 28 Feb 2018

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  • 1 Review article

La Dissidence in Gisèle Pineau's œuvre

Wimbush, A., 1 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Romance Studies. 20, 1, p. 159-178 20 p.

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