Marie Allègre

Marie Allègre

Department of English Literature
Doctoral researcher

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Phd title: Virginia Woolf and the Persistence of the Phallus: Anglophone and Francophone Psychoanalytic Receptions
Supervisors: Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge and Doctor Elliot Evans
PhD English Literature


  • BA Performing Arts
  • BA English Studies
  • MRes English Literature


French Assistant Language Tutor at the University of Birmingham (academic year 2017-2018)


What is psychoanalysis talking about when it is talking about ‘Virginia Woolf’? My project explores the reception of Woolf's works in psychoanalytic literary criticism produced in English and Francophone contexts between the late 1980s and early 2010s. Confronting differing analytical schools and critical traditions, I test the hypothesis that Woolf’s poetics frustrate oedipal scenarios and undermine the founding psychoanalytic metaphor of the phallus.

The project expands on my MA dissertation ‘The Whole, the Hole and the Border: Ethics and Aesthetics of the Frame in To The Lighthouse (1927)’ in which I try and show how Woolf’s widening of the signifier/signified gap makes the unspeakable palpable.

Other activities

  • 2019-20 Notes Editor for Ad Alta: the Birmingham Journal of Literature
  • Research Centre Assistant for the Centre for Modernist Cultures (CMC) at University of Birmingham (Oct 2019 – April 2020)
  • Member of the Graduate Centre for Europe (GCfE) at University of Birmingham (Oct 2018 – Present)
  • Co-organiser of the Gender and Sexuality Forum (ROLES) annual conference (Oct 2018 – Oct 2019)