Dr Lea Vuong

PhD (King's College London), MA (King’s College London), BA (Paris)
Lecturer

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney


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Biographical details

I am a specialist of modern and contemporary French literature and visual art, with a specific interest in word and image relations, particularly 20th- and 21st-century collaborations between artists and writers, representations of visual art in literature and artists’ writings. This concern with modern and contemporary verbal/visual dialogues implies a focus on linguistic and cultural crossings, notably on Franco-American exchanges during and after World War II.

My current research focuses on French-American artist Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) to argue that literature functions both as an inspiration and aspiration in her work. Through archival research, my research aims to map Bourgeois’s interactions with the literary realm, bringing her oeuvre into the field of literary studies through close readings of the texts written by the artist. It also examines the reception of Bourgeois’s work as ‘confessional art’ to assess whether the autobiographical dimension of her oeuvre can be read as a literary endeavour. Another concern is Bourgeois’s use of French and English, and the aesthetic and theoretical implications of the interchangeability she imposes on both languages.

I have also written a monograph based on my doctoral research. Pascal Quignard: Towards the Vanishing Point(Cambridge: Legenda, 2016) is a comprehensive survey of the work of contemporary French author Pascal Quignard (1948-). It argues that Quignard’s work is driven by an effort towards disappearance that takes shape in part through collaborations with visual artists. A wider concern for this book is to situate Quignard’s work within a trend in recent and contemporary French literature that equates writing with a vanishing act. In addition to this monograph, I have published articles and essays on the work of Pascal Quignard in French and English peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes.

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

  • 20th-century and 21st-century French literature
  • Modern and contemporary art
  • Word & Image Studies
  • Artists/writers collaborations
  • Representations of visual art in literature
  • Pascal Quignard
  • Louise Bourgeois
  • Artists’ writings
  • Artists’ books (and their literary reception)
  • Franco/American cultural exchanges
  • Self-translation
  • Bilingual/multilingual writers
  • Translingual literature

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

I currently coordinate and teach the following unit:

  • FRNC3690 French Political Cinema

I currently teach on the following unit:

  • FRNC2626/2628 Textes et Sociétés 2

Supervision

I would be happy to supervise Honours and postgraduate research students working in or around modern and contemporary French literature and/or visual art (from the late nineteenth to the twenty-first century), word and image relations, or multilingual/translingual writing.

Current projects

  • ‘Louise Bourgeois: Through the Archives’ (co-edited publication)
  • ‘The Artist as Writer’ (authored monograph)
  • ‘Louise Bourgeois’s Words’ (exhibition of archival writings)

Associations

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

Awards and honours

  • 2014-2017 Leverhulme Early-Career Fellowhip (3-year postdoctoral grant)

In the media

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., 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]

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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