About Dr Elizabeth Rechniewski

Dr Elizabeth Rechniewski has a long-standing research interest in nationalism and nation-building in France that includes studies of the symbolic construction and discursive representation of the nation and national identity and more recently has extended to the role of war remembrance in the national imaginary.

Dr Elizabeth Rechniewski is Senior Lecturer in the Department of French Studies. She has researched and published widely on French intellectuals and engagement, including Suarès, Malraux, Sartre: antécédents littéraires de l’existentialisme (Minard) and Sartre’s Nausea: Text, Context and Intertext, (with Alistair Rolls, Rodopi). She has a long-standing research interest in nationalism and nation-building in France including as Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery project: ‘National Identity and Communications in Early Modern France’. She has recently joined a project coordinated by Professor Olivier Wieviorka, a comparative study of the significance of war commemoration in contemporary national life. («Gallipoli: invention et réinvention d’une tradition australienne» Vingtième siècle juillet-sept 2008).

She is a member of the International News Project, which undertakes comparative newspaper analysis within a systemic-functional framework, reflecting a continuing research interest in discourse analysis of the media. (‘Ideological opposition in news stories: a French case study’ (with Alice Caffarel) in Communicating Conflict: Multilingual Case Studies of the News Media, E. Thomson & P. White (eds), 2008, Continuum publishing).

Current theses under her supervision include ‘Representations of Australia and Australians in Contemporary France’ and ‘The postwar fiction of Louis Aragon’.
Areas of supervision cover:

  • Nation and nationalism
  • Discourse analysis
  • French intellectuals
  • Sartre and Malraux
  • Contemporary French politics and society

Selected publications

  • 2009, ‘Quand l’Australie invente et réinvente une tradition: l’exemple du deebarquement de Gallipoli’, Vingtième siècle, n 101, janvier-mars 2009, pp. 123-132.
  • 2008, “France” in Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview, Guntram H. Herb and David H. Kaplan (eds) Santa Barbara CA: ABC-Clio, pp.169-180
  • 2008, ‘Ideological opposition in news stories: a French case study’ (with Alice Caffarel) in Communicating Conflict: Multilingual Case Studies of the News Media, E. Thomson & P. White (eds), Continuum publishing, pp. 25-49
  • 2008, "Australian War Memorialism and the Politics of Remembrance: from Gallipoli to Long Tan" (with Matthew Graves) in Martine Piquet (ed) Cultures of the Commonwealth, issue 14, Université de Paris-Dauphine, Winter, 2007-2008, pp. 95-106
  • [Edited Journal] Literature and Aesthetics, vol 17, 2, December 2007.
  • [Edited Journal] Australian Journal of French Studies, vol XLIV, 3, Sept-Dec 2007: special issue : “Imagining the Nation in Early Modern France”.
  • 2007, “Instituting the Citizen in Eighteenth-Century France”, Australian Journal of French Studies, Vol XLIV, 3, Sept-Dec, pp. 273-290
  • [Books] 2005, Sartre’s Nausea: Text, Context, Intertext, Alistair Rolls & Elizabeth Rechniewski (eds), Amsterdam/New York, Rodopi
  • [Edited Journal] Literature and Aesthetics, vol 15, 2, December 2005.
  • [Book] 1996 Antécédents littéraires de l’existentialisme: Suarès, Malraux et Sartre, Paris, Minard;