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Dr Juliana de Nooy

Faculty Research Fellow
Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies



Juliana de Nooy is a Senior Lecturer in French in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Queensland, teaching across the fields of French language, intercultural communication, and cultural studies. She is the author of Derrida, Kristeva, and the Dividing Line (1998), Twins in Contemporary Literature and Culture (2005) and co-author with Barbara Hanna of Learning Language and Culture via Public Internet Discussion Forums (2009). Although these books focus on very different objects (theories of difference, representations of twins and doubles, intercultural internet communication), they share an interrogation of understandings of identity and difference.
Juliana’s CCCS Fellowship project is the completion of What’s France got to do with it?, a monograph exploring the proliferation since 2000 of memoirs by Australians about their experience of living in France, which are predominantly authored by and marketed to women. The book delves into what France represents in the various narratives, and the reasons for the seemingly insatiable demand among readers and publishers for these stories. It argues that France is constructed as the ideal site for a postfeminist makeover of life, love and self, and explores the tension between those memoirs that insist on the disciplining of body and mind to conform to an idealized construction of French femininity and those memoirs that defy this pattern and offer their readers a more intercultural engagement with France.


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