Dr Lea Vuong

PhD (King's College London), MA (King’s College London), BA (La Sorbonne - Paris IV / CPGE Lycée Henri IV)
Lecturer in French Studies

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney


Website Pascal Quignard: Towards the Vanishing Point

Biographical details

I am a specialist of modern and contemporary French and Francophone literature and visual art, with a specific interest in word and image relations.

I am interested in interactions between verbal and visual expressions, collaborations between artists and writers and artists’ writings. I am currently working on the writings of French-American artist Louise Bourgeois.

Prior to joining the University of Sydney, I studied in France (classe préparatoire littéraire, Lycée Henri IV; Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle) and in the United Kingdom at King’s College London (MA 2008, PhD 2012).

I taught French literature, culture and language at King’s College London and at Royal Holloway, University of London. I was Lecturer at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester.

Research interests

My current research focuses on the French-American artist Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) to argue that literature functions both as an inspiration and aspiration in her work. I am working on a second book project tentatively entitledLouise Bourgeois: The Artist as Writer. Using archival research, I work on a corpus of texts, archival documents and artworks to examine Louise Bourgeois through the scope of literary studies, bringing a new perspective on a major figure of 20th- and 21st-century art. This study also interrogates current critical approaches to artists' writings and proposes a new evaluative framework that takes into account their inherent interdisciplinary nature. Another concern is Bourgeois’s simultaneous use of French and English, and the aesthetic and theoretical implications of her bilingual writing.

My first monograph was published with Legenda, MHRA's book imprint for new research in the Humanities in their 'Research Monographs in French Studies' series.Pascal Quignard: Towards the Vanishing Point(2016) is the first critical study in English devoted to contemporary French writer Pascal Quignard. It pays close attention to Quignard's encounters with painting, dance, music and film and defines them as literary 'vanishing acts' in the context of a wider concern in French contemporary literature for disappearance as a theme and mode of writing.

I am also working on a new research project on the Bièvre river, Paris's hidden waterway, which first appears on medieval city maps and disappears at the time of Haussmann’s renovation plans, which buried it underground. As it went under the surface, it sunk away artworks, literary texts, material objects and traces of cultural practices. My project uncovers this neglected corpus, looking at Paris through its absent river to understand what it was, could have been and what it plans to be.

Some of my research interests include:

  • 20th-century and 21st-century French literature
  • French and Francophone visual cultures
  • Modern and contemporary art
  • Word and Image Studies
  • Artists/writers collaborations
  • Louise Bourgeois
  • Artists’ writings
  • Artists’ books (and their literary reception)
  • Bilingual/multilingual writers
  • The Bièvre River

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

I currently coordinate and teach the following units

  • FRNC3633
  • FRNC2625/7
  • FRNC2688

Supervision

I would be happy to supervise Honours and postgraduate research students working in or around my research interests and more generally on modern and contemporary French literature and/or visual cultures (from the late nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries).

Current projects

  • ‘Louise Bourgeois: Through the Archives’ (co-edited publication)
  • ‘The Artist as Writer’ (authored monograph)
  • ‘Louise Bourgeois’s Words’ (exhibition of archival writings)
  • 'Unearthing Paris's lost river: resurfacing the Bièvre through words and images' (research project)

Associations

  • Society for French Studies
  • IAWIS/AIERTI
  • Modern Language Association
  • AAANZ

Awards and honours

  • 2014-2017 Leverhulme Early-Career Fellowship (The University of Manchester)

In the media

  • Public Lecture at the Song Art Museum (Beijing, China) for the opening of 'Louise Bourgeois/The Eternal Thread' exhibition (April 2019). https://bit.ly/2XZRTq5
  • ‘On Intimate Geometries: The Art and Life of Louise Bourgeois by Robert Storr’, a roundtable organised and published byBookforum(Dec 2016).https://bit.ly/2XZTufr
  • Catalogue essay for the 2015 exhibition 'Louise Bourgeois: I Have Been to Hell and Back' at the Moderna Museet (Stockholm, Sweden) and Museo Picasso (Malaga, Spain). https://bit.ly/2Y26vFg

Selected grants

  • FASS Faculty Research Incubator 2018 for ‘Louise Bourgeois: Through the Archives
  • FASS Faculty Research Support Scheme 2019 for ‘Unearthing Paris’s lost river: resurfacing the Bièvre through text and image

PhD and master's project opportunities

International links

Ireland

(Trinity College Dublin) Co-editing project (ongoing) with Dr Julie Bates 'Louise Bourgeois, Through the Archives', a special issue of Word & Image, A Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry

Selected publications

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Books

  • Vuong, L. (2016). Pascal Quignard: Towards the Vanishing Point. Cambridge: Legenda.

Book Chapters

  • Vuong, L. (2016). 'Dibutade'. In Mireille Calle-Gruber and Anais Frantz (Eds.), Dictionnaire sauvage Pascal Quignard, (pp. 145-147). Paris: Hermann.
  • Vuong, L. (2016). 'Maniere noire'. In Mireille Calle-Gruber and Anais Frantz (Eds.), Dictionnaire sauvage Pascal Quignard, (pp. 345-347). Paris: Hermann.
  • Vuong, L. (2015). Louise Bourgeois: A Woman of Her Words. In Iris Muller-Westermann (Eds.), Louise Bourgeois: I Have Been to Hell and Back, (pp. 211-219). Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag.
  • Vuong, L. (2015). Metamorphoses et Disparitions. In Mireille Calle-Gruber, Jonathan Degeneve and Irene Fenoglio (Eds.), Pascal Quignard. Translations et metamorphoses, (pp. 449-462). Paris: Hermann.
  • Vuong, L. (2014). Pascal Quignard et le non-lieu du conte. In Agnes Cousin de Ravel, Chantal Lapeyre-Desmaison and Dominique Rabate (Eds.), Les Lieux de Pascal Quignard, (pp. 220-232). Paris: Gallimard.
  • Vuong, L. (2013). Pascal Quignard's Metamorphoses: A Contemporary Recuperation of Literary Fairy Tales. In Michael Gratzke, Margaret-Anne Hutton, Claire Whitehead (Eds.), Readings in Twenty-First-Century European Literatures, (pp. 119-136). Oxford: Peter Lang. [More Information]

Journals

  • Vuong, L. (2017). Pascal Quignard: du monument a la ruine, de la ruine au vivant. Tangence, 115(2017), 35-55. [More Information]
  • Vuong, L. (2013). L'enfant fetiche dans l'oeuvre de Pascal Quignard. Litteratures, 69(2013), 107-122.
  • Vuong, L. (2013). The favorite child in the work of Pascal Quignard [L'enfant f�tiche dans l'�uvre de Pascal Quignard]. Litteratures, 69, 107-122.
  • Vuong, L., Bishop, C. (2011). "La Traversee des livres": enjeu d'une approche critique de la non-lecture. La Lecture Litteraire, 11(2011), 5-22.

Edited Journals

  • Vuong, L., Bishop, C. (2011). La non lecture. La Lecture Litteraire, 11(2011).

2017

  • Vuong, L. (2017). Pascal Quignard: du monument a la ruine, de la ruine au vivant. Tangence, 115(2017), 35-55. [More Information]

2016

  • Vuong, L. (2016). 'Dibutade'. In Mireille Calle-Gruber and Anais Frantz (Eds.), Dictionnaire sauvage Pascal Quignard, (pp. 145-147). Paris: Hermann.
  • Vuong, L. (2016). 'Maniere noire'. In Mireille Calle-Gruber and Anais Frantz (Eds.), Dictionnaire sauvage Pascal Quignard, (pp. 345-347). Paris: Hermann.
  • Vuong, L. (2016). Pascal Quignard: Towards the Vanishing Point. Cambridge: Legenda.

2015

  • Vuong, L. (2015). Louise Bourgeois: A Woman of Her Words. In Iris Muller-Westermann (Eds.), Louise Bourgeois: I Have Been to Hell and Back, (pp. 211-219). Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag.
  • Vuong, L. (2015). Metamorphoses et Disparitions. In Mireille Calle-Gruber, Jonathan Degeneve and Irene Fenoglio (Eds.), Pascal Quignard. Translations et metamorphoses, (pp. 449-462). Paris: Hermann.

2014

  • Vuong, L. (2014). Pascal Quignard et le non-lieu du conte. In Agnes Cousin de Ravel, Chantal Lapeyre-Desmaison and Dominique Rabate (Eds.), Les Lieux de Pascal Quignard, (pp. 220-232). Paris: Gallimard.

2013

  • Vuong, L. (2013). L'enfant fetiche dans l'oeuvre de Pascal Quignard. Litteratures, 69(2013), 107-122.
  • Vuong, L. (2013). Pascal Quignard's Metamorphoses: A Contemporary Recuperation of Literary Fairy Tales. In Michael Gratzke, Margaret-Anne Hutton, Claire Whitehead (Eds.), Readings in Twenty-First-Century European Literatures, (pp. 119-136). Oxford: Peter Lang. [More Information]
  • Vuong, L. (2013). The favorite child in the work of Pascal Quignard [L'enfant f�tiche dans l'�uvre de Pascal Quignard]. Litteratures, 69, 107-122.

2011

  • Vuong, L., Bishop, C. (2011). "La Traversee des livres": enjeu d'une approche critique de la non-lecture. La Lecture Litteraire, 11(2011), 5-22.
  • Vuong, L., Bishop, C. (2011). La non lecture. La Lecture Litteraire, 11(2011).

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