Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts
Qualified French teacher and Ph.D. candidate in French Studies (comparative literature).
My research focuses on the complete poetic work of two twentieth-century French-speaking writers, Andrée Chedid and Jeanne Benguigui, respectively Franco-Egyptian and Algerian. The aim of my thesis is to see how poetic composition can give rise to a new theorem of neutrality by revealing a truth about Being as Heidegger understood it in his Dasein theory. This project aims to show that the poetic genre lends itself best to this and that these two poets participate in extending and diversifying the definitions of the notions of neutrality and Being. The textual analysis carried out allows, on the one hand, to refocus academic interest on the genre of poetry, and its importance within the writing of neutrality as practiced and theorised by authors such as Blanchot and Barthes, and, on the other hand, to broaden the field of literary theory around the writing of neutrality and, more particularly, to nuance the expected definitions and meanings of the notion of “Being” by drawing directly on the development of neutrality as a literary modality. The selected texts have not been the subject of such readings nor have they been linked to the concept of neutrality in any way before. Thus, this project also aims to open new doors to literary criticism of the selected texts. Moreover, Jeanne Benguigui, a poet unjustly forgotten outside Algeria, is totally absent from academic study. The goal is therefore also to restore importance to her poetics and to highlight a unique collection that deserves to be read more.
I am supervised by Associate Professor Natalie Edwards and Dr Peter Poiana.
Date Position Institution name 2018 French Tutor The University of Adelaide 2017 - 2018 French Instructor The University of South Australia
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2019 Award Women in French Graduate Student Essay Award Women in French United States — 2018 Achievement AJFS Postgraduate Prize Australian Society for French Studies Australia —
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak and understand spoken French Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review German Can read, write and understand spoken Italian Can read and write
Date Institution name Country Title 2018 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD 2016 - 2018 Université Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne France Master's degree in Sociolinguistics and didactics of foreign languages 2015 - 2017 Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris III France Master's degree in Comparative Literature 2012 - 2015 Université de Strasbourg France Bachelor of Arts
Date Title Institution name Country 2015 Computing and Internet Certification (C2i) University of Strasbourg France
Year Citation 2019 Maillot, M. (2019). La plage comme espace de l’écriture intime dans La vie pieds nus d’Alan Pauls. Litera: Journal of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, 29(1), 19-40.
2019 Maillot, M. (2019). Representations of mother nature: An ecofeminist reading of the poetry of Jeanne Benguigui. Australian Journal of French Studies, 56(3), 335-347.
Year Citation 2019 Maillot, M. (2019). Non-normative representations of the body in the poems of Andrée Chedid and Jeanne Benguigui. In University of Adelaide Arts Postgraduate Research Conference. University of Adelaide, Adelaide. 2019 Maillot, M. (2019). Bon sang! Représentations littéraires de la menstruation comme protestation. In Australian Society for French Studies Annual Conference. University of New England, Sydney. 2018 Maillot, M. (2018). Ecoféminisme dans la poésie de Jeanne Benguigui. In Australian Society for French Studies Annual Conference. University of Western Australia, Perth.
Awardee of the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.
- French for Viticulture and Oenology students (2020)
- French IB (2019, 2020)
- French IA (2019, 2020)
- Culture class on Australiana literature by French writers (2020)
- Culture class on autobiography (2019)
- French IISB: Language Laboratory (2018)
Date Role Membership Country 2020 - ongoing Member British Comparative Literature Association United Kingdom 2020 - ongoing Member South Atlantic Modern Languages Association United States 2020 - ongoing Member Women in French Association United States 2018 - ongoing Member Australian Society for French Studies Australia
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