Marie Allègre

Marie Allègre

Department of English Literature
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

Phd title: Virginia Woolf and Psychoanalysis, a dialogue: The English and French receptions
Supervisors: Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge and Professor Stephen Forcer
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)


My research consists of a comparative study of the French and English psychoanalytic receptions of Virginia Woolf, drawing on the ongoing interaction between psychoanalysis and literature. I test the hypothesis that Woolf herself reshapes psychoanalytic literary criticism and makes it newly legible. The project expands on my MRes dissertation ‘The Whole, the Hole and the Border: Ethics and Aesthetics of the Frame in To The Lighthouse’ in which I try and show how Virginia Woolf’s prose bears witness to the Unspeakable by stylistically widening the gap between signifier and signified – a poetic framing of the ‘holes’ in language and experience. 

Other activities

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