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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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Research Outputs

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

  • Îléité: perspectives littéraires sur le vécu insulaire

    Translated title of the contribution: Islandness: literary perspectives on the island space as a lived experienceAndré, B., 2016, Paris: Les Editions Petra. 264 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Aliénante liminalité? Regard sur l’entre-mondes dans 'Mes quatre femmes', 'Morne Câpresse' et 'Folie, aller simple' de Gisèle Pineau

    Translated title of the contribution: Alienating liminality? Gisèle Pineau's inbetween Worlds in 'Mes quatre femmes', 'Morne Câpresse' and 'Folie, aller simple' André, B., 2014, In : Dalhousie French studies. 101, p. 115-121 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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

    Translated title of the contribution: Between place and non-place: Axel Gauvin's island heterotopiaAndré, 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 proceedingChapter