Melbourne Salon

What's France got to do with it? Contemporary memoirs of Australians in France

Join us for the online book launch and an audience with the author Dr Juliana de Nooy, in conversation with Dr Barbara Hanna

Monday 14 September 2020,  6pm-7pm
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About the presentation:

While only one book-length memoir recounting the sojourn of an Australian in France was published in the 1990s, well over 40 have been published since 2000, overwhelmingly written by women. Although we might expect a focus on travel, intercultural adjustment and communication in these texts, this is the case only in a minority of accounts. More frequently, France serves as a backdrop to a project of self-renovation in which transplantation to another country is incidental, hence the question ‘What’s France got to do with it?’

The book delves into what France represents in the various narratives, its role in the self-transformation, and the reasons for the seemingly insatiable demand among readers and publishers for these stories. It asks why these memoirs have gained such traction among Australian women at the dawn of the twenty-first century and what is at stake in the fascination with France. 


About the author:

Juliana de Nooy completed a doctorate at the Université de Paris 7 and is a Senior Lecturer in French in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on questions of identity and difference in both cultural studies and language learning. She is the author of Derrida, Kristeva, and the Dividing Line (Taylor & Francis, 1998), Twins in Contemporary Literature and Culture (Palgrave, 2005), and (with Barbara Hanna) Learning Language and Culture via Public Internet Discussion Forums (Palgrave, 2009).







Barbara Hanna
undertook a Maîtrise at the Université de Franche-Comté and a PhD at the University of Queensland where she is now Senior Lecturer.  She has worked on the self-presentation of the non-native speaker in different genres including online communication and study abroad testimonials. It has been her great pleasure to publish on both these topics with Juliana de Nooy.



The Melbourne Salon is a joint venture between RMIT University, the Institute for the Study of French-Australian Relations and the Alliance Française de Melbourne.It is a place where curious and open-minded people can engage in French-Australian cross-cultural dialogues with the aim of broadening the understanding of French and Australian perspectives on contemporary topics through conversation, debate and discussion. 






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