Melanie Maillot

Dr Melanie Maillot

Lecturer Level B French

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

My research interests include:
• 20th-century and 21st-century French and Francophone literature

• Poetry, 1850 to today
• Women's writing
• Bodily experiences and corporeality in literature
• Phenomenology and post-structuralism (Maurice Blanchot, Martin Heidegger, Roland Barthes)
• History, languages and literatures of regional France, particularly Alsace and Lorraine regions.

My first monograph project focuses on the poetry of French-Egyptian writer Andrée Chedid and Algerian poet Jeanne Benguigui. Its aim is to show how neutral writing ('écriture du neutre') is used to trigger a reflection on being and existence, thus making the poetic experience a form of meditation in itself. By proposing a textual analysis at the intersection of continental philosophy, eastern philosophy, and literary theory, it seeks to demonstrate that poetic writing and the reading of Chedidian and Benguiguian poetry generate and intensify self-reflection.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2022 - ongoing Lecturer in French Studies The University of Adelaide
    2018 - 2021 French Tutor The University of Adelaide
    2017 - 2018 French Tutor The University of South Australia
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2020 Award Women in French Graduate Travel Award Women in French United States
    2019 Award Women in French Graduate Essay Award Women in French United States
    2018 Award Australian Journal for French Studies Postgraduate Essay Prize Australian Society for French Studies Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    French Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    German Can read and understand spoken
    Italian Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
    Swiss German; Alemannic; Alsatian Can read and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2021 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2018 Université Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne France Master's degree in Sociolinguistics and didactics of foreign languages
    2017 Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris III France Master's degree in Comparative Literature
    2015 Université de Strasbourg France Bachelor of Arts
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Maillot, M. (2021). La poétique de la menstruation selon Emma Santos et Séverine Daucourt. Women in French Studies, 29(1), 32-45.
    2020 Maillot, M. (2020). Réflexion Métaphysique en lien aux représentations non-normatives du corps dans les poèmes d'Andrée Chedid et de Jeanne Benguigui. Women in French Studies, 28(1), 59-69.
    2020 Maillot, M. (2020). L’univers de la prédation dans La vraie vie d’Adeline Dieudonné: une matérialisation des valeurs socioculturelles constitutives de la pensée spéciste. Zizanie, 4(1), 82-101.
    2019 Maillot, M. (2019). Représentations de la mère nature: Une lecture écoféministe de la poésie de Jeanne Benguigui. Australian Journal of French Studies, 56(3), 335-347.
    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.
Date Project Funding Body Amount
2018 Poetics of Neutrality and the Question of Being in the Poetic Work of Andrée Chedid and Jeanne Benguigui Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (International) $183,000
(Tuition Fee Offset + Stipend)


Date Course Title Code
2022, Semester 1 French IIA Language (intermediate) FREN 2201
2022, Semester 1 Beginners' French IA FREN 1002
2022, Semester 2 French IIB Language (intermediate) FREN 2202
2022, Semester 2 French IIB Culture (intermediate) FREN 2204
2022, Semester 2 Beginners' French IB FREN 1003


  • Position: Lecturer Level B French
  • Phone: 83135632
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 8
  • Org Unit: School of Humanities

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