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Ashwiny Kistnareddy


Licence avec Mention (Paris IV Sorbonne), BA Joint Honours English and French, First Class with Oral distinction (University of Warwick), Mphil in French Studies (University of Nottingham), PGCE in Modern Languages with Distinction (University of Nottingham), PhD French - currently (University of Cambridge)


Research Interests

My research interests lie in the field of Francophone Postcolonial studies, with particular emphasis on African (North and Sub-Saharan) and Asian migrant women writing in France and Canada. My latest publications have been comparative analyses of Léonora Miano’s, Fatou Diome’s, Malika Mokeddem’s, Ying Chen’s and Kim Thúy’s texts. For my postdoctoral project I focus on autobiographical narratives of children who have experienced war and trauma and are refugees.


Teaching Interests

Lectrice at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge
Supervising: FR1A, FR1B, FRAV, FRC1, FRC2, Year Abroad Projects, FR6 (Contemporary French and Francophone Thought and Visual Cultures)

Supervisor, MMLL Faculty, University of Cambridge
Supervisions for other colleges and MMLL Faculty: FR6, FR12 /(Optional Dissertation and scheduled paper). Translation Faculty classes for MMLL Faculty.


Awards and Prizes 

Special Commendation for the Contemporary Women’s Writing Prize (2020)

Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize (2019)

Evelyn Povey Award for French, at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge (2017-2020). 

Odette de Mourgues Award by the French department in 2018 and 2019. In June 2018 I was awarded the Charlie Bayne Award.

The School of Modern Languages Award at the University of Nottingham. I simultaneously won the Responding to Excellence in the Arts award from the University of Nottingham’s International Office.

Warwick University/British Council  Award (2002-2006)

Ruth Tomlinson Award by the Business and Professional Women’s Association (2018-2019)




(Forthcoming) The Unsilenced: Refugee Children and Autobiographical Narratives (TBC)

(Forthcoming) Postcolonial Francophone Masculinities : (In)Hospitality, Community, Vulnerability (TBC)

(2015) Locating Hybridity: Creole, Identities and Body Politics in the novels of Ananda Devi . Peter Lang, Oxford.


Edited Volume

(2021) Delays/Les retards (co-Edited with Alice Rouillère, Oxford University), Peter Lang, Oxford.

Chapters in Edited Volumes/ Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

(Under review) ‘Dire l’indicible: Children, Trauma and Post-war Silences in Kim Thúy’s Ru  and Grace Ly’s Jeune fille modèle’ in International Journal of Francophone Studies, Ingenta.

(Under review) ‘Creating Dangerously: Reading and Writing Women in Fatou Diome’s The Belly of the Atlantic and Malika Mokeddem’s Mes hommes” in Journal of Contemporary Women’s Writing , Oxford University Press, Oxford.

(Forthcoming 2021) ‘Crossing Borders: Postcolonial Masculinities in peril?(Ananda Devi and Ying Chen)’ in Border Masculinities, Cross-disciplinary Dialogues and New Directions, edited by Amit Thakkar, Chris Harris and Brian Baker, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

(Forthcoming 2020) ‘Postcolonial (In)visibilities: West African Migrants in France’ in Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Taylor and Francis, Oxford.

(Forthcoming 2020) ‘Transnational Vietnamese Refugee Families: Childhood and Filiation in Kim Thúy’s Ru’ in Transnational Families, Transnational Novels, edited by Annette Bruhler-Dietrich and Amelie Daigle, De Gruyter Press, Germany.

(Forthcoming 2020) ‘“Against the Flow”: Exile and “Willful Subjects” in Malika Mokeddem’s Mes Hommes and Kim Thúy’s Vi in Journal of Contemporary Women’s Writing, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

(Forthcoming 2020) ‘In/Out of place: Migrant Women Writers reshaping Asian Masculinities in Ying Chen’s Lettres chinoises  and Kim Thúy’s Vi’ in Québec Studies (Journal), Liverpool University Press, Liverpool.

(Forthcoming 2020) ‘Post-migratory identities: Changing Masculinities in Kim Thúy’s Vi’ in Recipes for Exile:  Reading Kim Thúy, Eds Miléna Santoro and Jack Yeagar, Queen-McGill UP, Canada.

 (2020) ‘Disrupting Homogeneous Nation-space: The Black Male Body and the Migrant Woman Writer’s Gaze (Léonora Miano and Fatou Diome)’ in L’Esprit Créateur (Journal) Special issue edited by Polly Gallis, Antonia Wimbush and Maria Tomlinson, Johns Hopkins University Press.

(2019) ‘Le pays, c’était comme la femme d’un autre’: Reconceptualising African Migrant Masculinity in Fatou Diome’s Le Ventre de l’Atlantique  and Léonora Miano’s Tels des astres éteints’, Special Issue of Itinéraires (Journal) on La renaissance littéraire africaine en débat 2019, 1 [Online].

 (2016) ‘Victimes ou bourreaux ?: Ecrire les hommes dans  Le Sari vert, Blue Bay Palace et  Les Hommes qui me parlent Interculturel Francophonie (Journal), Italy.

(2015) ‘The Twice-displaced: Mapping Alternative Diasporic Identities in Works by Ananda Devi and Nathacha Appanah’. Journal of South Asian Diaspora Studies, Taylor and Francis, Oxford.

(2014) ‘Les Voix de la Coolitude: Entre harmonie et dissonances (Maryse Condé, Shiva Naipaul et Ananda Devi)’, Les Cahiers du GRELCEF (Journal), UWO, Canada.

(2013) ‘Rebelles, prostituées et meurtrières dans les romans d’Ananda Devi’, in Rebelles et criminelles chez les écrivaines d’expression française, edited by Colette Trout and Frédérique Chevillot, Rodopi. Boston.

(2013) ‘The Human-Animal in Ananda Devi’s Texts: Towards an Ethics of Hybridity?’ in Women’s Writing in Twentieth Century France, edited by Gill Rye and Amaleena Damlé, University of Wales Press.

(2012) ‘Almost White but not Quite: A Comparative Reading of Ferblanc's Hybridity in Ananda Devi's Soupir’ Comparative Critical Studies (Journal) Volume 9, pp 319-332, Edinburgh University Press.

(2011) ‘Interrogating Identity: Psychological Dislocations in the Novels of Ananda Devi’, Dalhousie French Studies (Journal), 94, Halifax, Canada.

(2011) ‘Représenter l’altérité: le corps grotesque dans l’oeuvre Romanesque d’Ananda Devi’ in Ecrivaines mauriciennes au féminin: Penser l’altérité, edited by Srilata Ravi and Véronique Bragard, L’Harmattan, Paris..

(2010) ‘L’ex-il/île ou l’île intérieure: l’île Maurice dans l’oeuvre romanesque d’Ananda Devi’, Palabres: Revue d’études francophones (Journal), edited by Eileen Lohka and Selom Gbanou, XI, 2.


Book Reviews

(Forthcoming 2020) ‘Reading India Now’ C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings.

(Forthcoming 2020) ‘South African Writing in Transition’ C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings.

(Forthcoming 2020) ‘Equivocal City’ British Journal of Canadian Studies.

(2017) ‘Intimate Empires : Bodies, Race and Gender in the Modern World’ Modern & Contemporary France, 25(2), pp. 244–245

Peer reviewer for: Journal for South Asian Diaspora Studies (Taylor and Francis, Oxford), Itinéraires: Littératures, Cultures (Paris), Peter Lang: Modern Thinkers Series.