CCWW - Autofiction: A Female Francophone Aesthetic of Exile

Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (CCWW)

Antonia Wimbush
Leslie Barnes (Australian National University)
Amaleena Damlé (Durham)
Natalie Edwards (Adelaide)

Chair: Joseph Ford (IMLR)

Antonia Wimbush is joined by Leslie Barnes, Amaleena Damlé and Natalie Edwards to talk about her new book, Autofiction: A Female Francophone Aesthetic of Exile, published by Liverpool University Press in August 2021. The book examines themes of exile, mobility, and identity in contemporary autofictional narratives written in French by women writers from across the Francophone world. Wimbush draws on postcolonial theory, gender theory, and autobiographical theory to analyse narratives of exile by Kim Lefèvre, Gisèle Pineau, Nina Bouraoui, Michèle Rakotoson, Véronique Tadjo, and Abla Farhoud. She reads exile in light of both gender and literary genre, arguing that autofiction gives these women writers the space to reconfigure their literal and metaphorical exile on their own terms. Wimbush demonstrates that the French colonial past continues to shape female articulations of mobility and identity in the postcolonial present.

Institute of Modern Languages Research
Event date: 
Wednesday, 8 September 2021 - 12:00pm