About Dr Michelle Royer

Dr Michelle Royer’s research interest include: 21st Century cinema, French socio-political cinema, French female filmmakers, Marguerite Duras’s journalistic and paraliterary work, Marguerite Duras’s cinema and French feminist thought

Dr Royer is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of French Studies where she teaches French cinema courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has supervised PhD theses on French feminist thought, French women literature and cinema, and French intellectuals and the Soviet Union between the two wars. She is currently supervising three PhD theses on contemporary French cinema and has published a book in collaboration with Dr Grauby on research methods.

Her currently funded research projects are:

  • Marguerite Duras as postcolonial filmmaker
  • Marguerite Duras and the Orient
  • Simone de Beauvoir ‘s Old Age and 21st century cinema

Selected publications

Books
  • Françoise Grauby & Michelle Royer (eds), Repenser les processus créateurs/Rethinking Creative Processes, Bern, 2001, Peter Lang.
  • L'Ecran de la passion une étude du cinéma de Marguerite Duras, Brisbane, 1998, Boombana Publications.
  • Françoise Grauby & Michelle Royer, Recherche mode d'emploi, Australian research centre, UNSW, 1996.
Recent Book Chapters
  • “Writing, the Writing Self and the cinema of Marguerite Duras”, in Julie Beaulieu and Rosanna Maule (eds) In the Dark Room: Marguerite Duras and Cinema, Bern 2009, Peter Lang, pp.157-173.
  • “Du paratexte au cinema: la poïétique durassienne et sa mise en scène”, in Brian Stimpson (eds) Marguerite Duras: écritures, écritures, Paris, 2008, Minard, pp.159-169.
  • “Le Bordeaux et le/la Bouffi(e) : Duras à table”, The Arts of the Table, Monash Romance Studies, 2004, pp.88-99.
  • 'L’Ecriture du vécu: l’oeuvre paralittéraire de Marguerite Duras' in Duras femme du siècle, Amsterdam, 2002, Rodopi, pp. 73-86.
Recent refereed journal articles
  • Féminisme, écriture féminine et féminin dans la parole publique de Marguerite Duras”, in Duras et la pensée contemporaine, Eva Ahlstedt et Catherine Bouthors-Paillart (eds), Acta univeritatis gothoburgensis. Romanica gothoburgensia, vol. LIX, 2008,  pp. 149-155.
  • “The cosmopolitanisation of French Cinema”, Literature and Aesthetics, 2008, Vol. 18, 2.
  • “Shame and Gaze: embodied social suffering and spectator’s gaze in French cinema”, Embodying Words and Images, Australian Journal of French Studies, 2007, Volume XLIV, Number 2, 2, pp.172-180.
  • “Spatial opposition and the gendered spectacle of social suffering in French films”, Literature and Aesthetics, 2007, Vol.17, 2, pp. 141-151.
  • “Shaping and Reshaping WWII: French Cinema and the National Past”, Literature and Aesthetics , 2006, vol 16, 2, pp.227-240