Antonia Wimbush

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Department of Modern Languages
Doctoral researcher

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PhD Title: Exile in Francophone women’s autobiographical writing
Supervisors: Dr Louise Hardwick
PhD French Studies

I obtained a BA in French and Spanish with proficiency in Portuguese at the University of Exeter. Having completed an MA in Translation Studies at the University of Exeter, I am now working towards a PhD in Francophone postcolonial literature.



My research explores exile in Francophone women’s autobiographical writing, through a gendered focus on identity and cross cultural transmission, with particular attention to postcolonialism, diaspora and transnationalism. Drawing on Kristeva’s theories of gendered exile (1986), I am studying the experiences and representations of exile in the autobiographical narratives of four Francophone authors, working in four distinct geographic areas: Nina Bouraoui (Algeria), Gisèle Pineau (Guadeloupe), Kim Lefèvre (Vietnam) and Véronique Tadjo (Ivory Coast). I aim to challenge the view that exile necessarily involves an enforced geographic displacement, instead calling for more metaphorical interpretations which give voice to women’s exilic encounters

My research is funded by the AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership and I am co-supervised by Dr Nicki Hitchcott at the University of Nottingham. My M3C profile can be found here: I recently undertook fieldwork in Martinique which was funded by the M3C, exploring archives and libraries for information on migration from the Francophone Caribbean to metropolitan France.

I am a Postgraduate representative for the Society of Francophone Postcolonial Studies.