Alexandra Kurmann


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Personal profile


Alexandra Kurmann is the Head of French and Francophone Studies and the Director of Research in the Department of International Studies. She is a specialist in Vietnamese-Francophone Literature Studies and Vietnamese Diaspora Literaure, she works more broadly in refugee, migrant, exile writing in French, English and German.

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.


Research interests

Alex's research interests lie in Comparative and World Literatures. In particular, she works on Vietnamese diasporic writing from a global perspective. Her research aims to bring into dialogue Vietnamese literatures from the English, French and German speaking worlds. She is currently undertaking a comparative analysis of literary production by Vietnamese authors in France and the USA, subsequent to the respective colonization and occupation of Vietnam, as well as in Australia, Canada and Germany, examining literary trends across this diverse, multi-lingual community within the framework of diasporic literature studies.

Research Output:

Alex's first book, entitled Intertextual Weaving in the Work of Linda Lê: Imagining the Ideal Reader, was published in 2016. Her monograph is the first 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 Yearbook and PORTAL: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies and in edited collections publsihed by Routledge, Éditions Classiques Garnier and PORTAL: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies.


Alex teaches across all levels of French and Francophone Studies. She designed and delivered the following units: Introductory French I, II, III: FRN 122,123,125; Reading in French: FRN 250; French Literature: FRN 347. She currently delivers Intermediate French FRN 226,227. She contributes to interdisicplinary units in the Department of International Studies and in the Faculty of Arts such as Critique in Language, Literature and Culture Studies: INTS700; Globalising Cultures: FOAR708; Societies of Euopre: INTS104 and is designing and convening a new cross-departmental co-taught unit, INTS 3020: Language, Literature, Translation: Intercultural Perspectives.

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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Projects 2016 2017

Research Output 2010 2018


Children on the Boat: the recuperative work of postmemory in short fiction of the Vietnamese diaspora

Kurmann, A. & Do, T., Jun 2018, In : Comparative Literature. 70, 2, p. 218-234 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Short Fiction

French Vietnamese Voices: Linda Lê; Anna Moï; Kim Lefèvre

Kurmann, A., 12 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) Le grain de la voix dans le monde francophone. Abecassis, M. (ed.). New York ; Oxford: Peter Lang, (Modern French Identities).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Introduction: transdiasporic Rencontres in Việt Kiều literature

Kurmann, A. & Do, T., Aug 2018, In : Portal Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studie. 15, 1/2, p. 1-5 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Literary Text

Internal dialogue as means of collective conflict resolution in Linda Lê's exile writing

Kurmann, A., 2016, In : Essays in French literature and culture. 53, p. 13-28 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Conflict Resolution

Activities 2018 2018

  • 2 Editorial work

Portal : journal of multidisciplinary international studies (Journal)

Alex Kurmann (Editor), Tess Do (Editor)
15 Aug 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Portal Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studie (Journal)

Alexandra Kurmann (Reviewer), Tess Do (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work