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Bénédicte André is a Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies, and the Director of Learning and Teaching in the Department of International Studies. Originally from Reunion Island, she completed her PhD at The University of Western Australia in 2014. Her first monograph, Iléité. Perspectives littéraires sur le vécu insulaire was published in 2016 with Les Editions Pétra. It offers the first critical discussion of islandness through a literary perspective.

Bénédicte’s research interests lie in the cultural productions of French-speaking islands, in particular those of Reunion, New Caledonia and French Polynesia. She has a special interest in interdisciplinary research, more specifically in combining literary criticism, cultural geography and art history. Her current project seeks to bring into dialogue contemporary literary and visual cultures from the French-speaking Pacific and Indian Oceans through a transnational framework.

Research interests

  • Comparative Island Francophonies
  • Islands, oceans and archipelagos
  • Border crossing and liminality
  • Cultural Geography and geocriticism
  • Literary and visual cultures
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Migration and mobility
  • Transnationalism

Research student supervision

  • Francophone Literatures and Cultures
  • Cultural productions from French-speaking islands, in particular literature, visual arts and music
  • Identity construction processes
  • Creole societies
  • Postcolonial Studies


Bénédicte currently convenes:

- FRN336 / FRN337 - Advanced French I & II
- FRN373 - Topics in French Culture
- FRN448 - Advanced French III

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foreignness Social Sciences
cultural geography Social Sciences
writer Social Sciences
artist Social Sciences
aesthetics Social Sciences
migration Social Sciences
literary criticism Social Sciences
readership Social Sciences

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Projects 2019 2020

Research Outputs 2012 2018

  • 3 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Conference proceeding contribution

"Il y a toujours l'Autre": towards a photomosaic reading of otherness in island short story collections

André, B., Apr 2018, In : Australian Journal of French Studies. 55, 1, p. 40-51 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Short Story Collection

Literature and the literary gaze

McMahon, E. & André, B., Jun 2018, The Routledge international handbook of island studies: a world of islands. Baldacchino, G. (ed.). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 296-311 16 p.

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


Îléité: perspectives littéraires sur le vécu insulaire

André, B., 2016, Paris: Les Editions Petra. 264 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

literary criticism
Caribbean Region

Entre lieu et non-lieu: hétérotopie insulaire chez Axel Gauvin

André, B., 2014, Les possibilités d'une île. de Jesus Cabral, M. & Santos, A. C. (eds.). Paris: Éditions Pétra, p. 279-295 17 p.

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