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Alexandra Kurmann is the Head of French and Francophone Studies. She completed a PhD in Comparative French and German Literature in 2014 at the University of Melbourne and a Masters in European Comparative Literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. She is a specialist in Vietnamese Diaspora Literature, she works more broadly in refugee, migrant and exile writing in French, English and German. Her first monograph is entitled Intertextual Weaving in the Work of Linda Lê: Imagining the Ideal Reader. 


Research interests

Alex's research interests lie in the field of Comparative Literature. In particular, she works on Vietnamese diasporic writing from a global perspective. Her research aims to bring into dialogue Vietnamese literatures from the English and French speaking worlds. She is currently undertaking a comparative analysis of literary production by Vietnamese authors in Australia, France and North America, examining literary trends across this diverse, multi-lingual community within the framework of Diaspora Literature Studies.

Research Output:

Alex's first monograph, Intertextual Weaving in the Work of Linda Lê: Imagining the Ideal Reader, was published in 2016. It is the first book in the English langauge to explore the work of the Vietnamese-French author, Linda Lê. It reveals and traces a 14 year intertextual relationship between Lê and her self-chosen precursor, the post-war Austrian poet-turned-writer, Ingeborg Bachmann. 

Alex has published widely on diasporic literature in the journals Comparative Literature, The Australian Journal of French Studies, The Women in German Yearbookand in edited collections published by Routledge, Éditions Classiques Garnier and PORTAL: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies.


Alex has taught across all levels of French Studies. She has designed and delivered introductory French units, and Francophone literature units. She currently convenes and delivers FREN 1210/2010 and 1220/2020: Intermediate French; FREN 2050: Reading in French; FOAR7008: Globalising Cultures and INTS 3020: Language, Literature, Translation - Intercultural Perspectives. She contributes to interdisicplinary units in the Department of International Studies and in the Faculty of Arts: INTS 7000 Critique in Language, Literature and Culture Studies; FOAR7008 Globalising Cultures; Societies of Euopre: INTS1004.

Education/Academic qualification

Comparative Literature, PhD, The University of Melbourne

15 Jul 20098 Dec 2013

European Comparative Literature, Master of Arts, University of Kent


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