Natalie Edwards

Professor Natalie Edwards

Professor

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Natalie Edwards is an award-winning teacher, researcher and supervisor in French and Francophone literature. She specialises in transnational and migrant literature, multilingual writing and women's writing.

She has published 3 monographs, 12 edited volumes and over 40 journal articles and book chapters on contemporary literature in French. She currently holds an ARC DP in transnational French-Australian literature. She has also published on pedagogical innovations in languages, in both undergraduate curricula and postgraduate research.

Natalie is currently Deputy Dean, Research for the Faculty of Arts at the University of Adelaide. She served 2015-2021 as Director of Graduate Studies for Arts, overseeing approximately 350 PhD and MPhil students in Humanities, Social Sciences, Education and Music. She won the Australian Council for Graduate Research's 2020 Graduate Research Leadership Award for her innovations in this area.

Natalie is currently President of the Australian Society for French Studies. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee of PMLA.

She teaches all levels of French language and courses in Contemporary French and Francophone literature and culture. She is an expert in digital approaches to teaching, which was recognised by the Stephen Cole the Elder Award (the University of Adelaide's premier teaching award), a national-level Australian Award for University Teaching, and Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (UK).

My current projects include:

  • Transnational Selves: French Narratives of Migration to Australia (ARC DP 2019-2021)

This project investigates the history of French-language writing by migrants to Australia. It explores literature written by migrants from the 19th century to the present day in order to write the history of this significant body of literature. This project aims to generate new understandings of how migrant writers construct identity in a language different from the main language of their host nation, and to highlight the complexity and multiplicity of Australian identity. Click here to view the project website. Funded by the Australian Research Council. 

  • The Future of the Humanities PhD

This project examines the ways in which the PhD is being reimagined in the Humanities. As Judith Butler recently wrote in an article entitled 'The Future of Humanities PhDs,' "too many of us remain attached to an academic culture that reproduces the same graduate curriculum and training without regard for the shrinking academic market that awaits most of our students." This volume brings together scholars who have innovated graduate research pedagogy: creating opportunities for internships, public humanities projects and industry engagement, and developing innovative approaches to the PhD thesis and to components of research training.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2021 Professor of French University of Adelaide
    2017 Associate Professor of French Studies University of Adelaide
    2014 Senior Lecturer in French Studies University of Adelaide
    2012 Lecturer in French Studies University of Adelaide
    2005 - 2012 Assistant-Associate Professor of French Wagner College
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2020 Award Award for Excellence in Graduate Research Leadership Australian Council for Graduate Research Australia $3,000
    2018 Fellowship Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy Advance HE United Kingdom
    2018 Fellowship Society for French Studies UK Visiting International Fellowship Society for French Studies UK United Kingdom
    2016 Research Award Women's Research Excellence Award $5,000
    2016 Teaching Award Australian Award for University Teaching Office for Learning and Teaching Australia 10,000 AUD
    2015 Fellowship Visiting Fellow, Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London United Kingdom
    2015 Teaching Award Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in Teaching $8,000
    2015 Teaching Award Faculty of Arts Award for Excellence in Teaching
    2015 Teaching Award Executive Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2005 Northwestern University USA PhD
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Edwards, N., & Hogarth, C. (2021). Wenz reinvented: The making and remaking of a French-Australian transnational writer. Australian Literary Studies, 36(1), 1-20.
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    2020 Edwards, N., & Hogarth, C. (2020). French-Australian writing: Expanding multilingual Australian literature. Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 20(2), 1-10.
    2020 Bourdeau, L., Edwards, N., & Wilson, S. (2020). The care (re)turn in French and francophone studies introduction: Caring relations. Australian Journal of French Studies, 57(3), 287-292.
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    2020 Edwards, N., & Hogarth, C. (2020). French migrant writing in Australia: Australianness in two female memoirs from the 2000s. The French Australian Review, 67, 46-63.
    2019 Edwards, N., & Hogarth, C. (2019). Introduction: Translingual writing in French, beyond the language of adoption. Esprit Createur, 59(4), 1-11.
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    2019 Edwards, N. (2019). Translingual life writing: Vassilis alexakis, Hélène Cixous, Lydie Salvayre. Esprit Createur, 59(4), 124-136.
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    2018 Edwards, N. (2018). Autofiction and the law: legal scandals in contemporary French literature. Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, 22(1), 6-14.
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    2018 Edwards, N., Hogarth, C., Célestin, R., & DalMolin, E. (2018). Editors' Introduction: Interrogating Scandal. Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, 22(1), 1-5.
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    2018 Edwards, N. (2018). Linguistic Rencontres in Kim Thúy’s Mãn. PORTAL : Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, 15(1/2), 6-19.
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    2018 Edwards, N., Hogarth, C., & Mccann, B. (2018). Mobility and migration in France and the francophone world. Australian Journal of French Studies, 55(1), 3-5.
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    2018 Edwards, N., Hogarth, C., & King, G. (2018). Introduction: Mobility across media in the Francophone world. French Cultural Studies, 29(1), 3-7.
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    2018 Edwards, N. J. (2018). Ecrire entre deux langues/Writing Between Two Languages. The French Australian Review, 64, 90-96.
    2018 Edwards, N. (2018). Mobile objects in Sophie Calle’s Fantômes and Prenez soin de vous. French Cultural Studies, 29(1), 70-78.
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    2018 Edwards, N. (2018). The Journey Home: Annie Ernaux’s Retour à Yvetot. Women in French Studies, 7(1), 344-361.
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    2018 Edwards, N. (2018). Mobile Women in Virginie Despentes’s Apocalypse Bébé. Australian Journal of French Studies, 55(1), 6-16.
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    2017 Edwards, N. (2017). Visualizing Violence in Francophone Cultures.. FRENCH STUDIES, 71(1), 135-136.
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    2017 Edwards, N. (2017). ‘En Australie, je parle une langue minoritaire‘: Catherine Rey‘s Une femme en marche as Australian Life Writing in French. Life Writing, 14(4), 455-463.
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    2017 Edwards, N., & Hogarth, C. (2017). Autobiography in the Language Classroom. a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, 32(1), 55-65.
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    2016 Edwards, N., Whitehouse, D., Milne, A. -L., & Lyamlahy, K. (2016). Book Reviews. Francosphères, 5(1), 125-133.
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    2016 Edwards, N., & Hogarth, C. (2016). Fishermen and little fish: migration and hospitality in Maxine Beneba Clarke’s ‘The Stilt Fishermen of Kathaluwa’. Portal, 13(2), 1-10.
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    2015 Edwards, N. (2015). Obliged to sympathise: infanticide in "Il y a longtemps que je t'aime" and "A perdre la raison". Australian Journal of French Studies, 52(2), 174-187.
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    2015 Edwards, N. (2015). The Bilingual Cockatoo: Writing Italian Australian Lives. LIFE WRITING, 12(2), 233-237.
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    2015 Edwards, N. (2015). Deliberately barren? The rejection of motherhood in contemporary French women's life writing. Australian Journal of French Studies, 52(1), 24-36.
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    2014 Edwards, N. (2014). Review of Névine El Nossery and Anna Rocca, eds. Frictions et devenirs dans les écritures migrantes au féminin: enracinements et renégociations. Sarrebruck: Editions Universitaires Européens, 2011. 258 pp.. Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature, 38(1).
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    2014 Edwards, N. J. (2014). Review of Women Matter / Femmes Matière: French and Francophone Women and the Material World, edited by Maggie Allison, and Imogen Long, Peter Lang, 2013.. Contemporary French Civilization, 39(3), 422-433.
    2014 Edwards, N., & Hubbell, A. (2014). Self and stuff: accumulation in francophone literature and art. Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature, 38(2), 2-1-2-5.
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    2014 Edwards, N. (2014). Accumulation and archives: Sophie Calle’s Prenez soin de vous. Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature, 38(2), 11 pages.
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    2014 Hargreaves, A., Martin, F., in't Veld, L., Fauvel, M., Levy, G., Shryock, R., . . . Benedicty, A. (2014). Reviews. Contemporary French Civilization, 39(3), 411-433.
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    2012 Edwards, N. (2012). Feminist manifesto or hardcore porn? Virginie Despente's transgression. The Irish Journal of French Studies, 12(1), 9-26.
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    2011 Edwards, N. (2011). Photography and autobiography in Hélène Cixous's Photos de racines and Annie Emaux and Marc Mariées L'Usage de la photo. French Review, 84(4), 704-715.
    2011 Edwards, N. J., Hogarth, C. W., & Hubbell, A. L. (2011). Introduction: Women's Self-Narrative Across the Francophone World. Women in French Studies, 11-13.
    2009 Edwards, N. (2009). Emerging Perspectives on Ken Bugul: From Alternative Choices to Oppositional Practices ed. by Ada Uzoamaka Azodo and Jeanne-Sarah de Larquier. Women in French Studies, 17(1), 182-183.
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    2008 Edwards, N. (2008). The perversity of whiteness: Paule Constant's white spirit as a gendered rewriting of Joseph Conrad's heart of darkness. Women in French Studies, 16(1), 73-84.
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    2008 Edwards, N. (2008). Using short-term study abroad to further undergraduate research. Council on Undergraduate Research, 29(2), 14-17.
    2007 Edwards, N. (2007). Diary of a Philosophy Student: Volume 1, 1926-27 by Simone de Beauvoir. Women in French Studies, 15(1), 152-154.
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    2007 Edwards, N. (2007). White Spirit by Paule Constant. Women in French Studies, 15(1), 156-157.
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  • Books

    Year Citation
    2020 Edwards, N. (2020). Multilingual Life Writing by French and Francophone Women: Translingual Selves. New York, NY; USA: Routledge.
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    2016 Edwards, N. (2016). Voicing Voluntary Childlessness: Narratives of Non-Mothering in French (Vol. 3). Switzerland: Peter Lang.
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    2015 Edwards, N. J., McCann, B., & Poiana, P. (Eds.) (2015). Framing French Culture. Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press.
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    2015 Edwards, N. J., McCann, B., & Poiana, P. (Eds.) (2015). Framing French Culture. Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press.
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    2011 Edwards, N. (2011). Shifting subjects: plural subjectivity in contemporary francophone women's autobiography. Delaware, USA: University of Delaware Press.
    2011 Edwards, N., Hubbell, A., & Miller, A. (Eds.) (2011). Textual and Visual Selves: Photography, Film, and Comic Art in French Autobiography. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press.
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    2011 Edwards, N., Hubbell, A., & Miller, A. (Eds.) (2011). Textual and Visual Selves: Photography, Film, and Comic Art in French Autobiography. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press.
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  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2020 Edwards, N. J., & Christopher, H. (2020). Making the case for languages in postgraduate study. In J. Fornasiero, S. M. A. Reed, R. Amery, E. Bouvet, K. Enomoto, & H. L. Xu (Eds.), Intersections in Language Planning and Policy: Establishing Connections in Languages and Cultures (Vol. 23, pp. 151-162). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
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    2019 Edwards, N., & Hogarth, C. (2019). Building Bridges from Language to Civilization through Gisèle Pineau’s Un Papillon dans la cité. In N. Meyer, & J. Johnston (Eds.), Rethinking the French Classroom
    New Approaches to Teaching Contemporary French and Francophone Women
    (pp. 8 pages). New York, NY; USA: Routledge.
    2019 Edwards, N. (2019). Lucie Joubert’s Ironic Rejection of Motherhood in L’envers du landau. In L. Bourdeau (Ed.), Horrible Mothers Representations across Francophone North America (pp. 93-106). Lincoln , Nebraska , U.S.A: University of Nebraska Press.
    2017 Edwards, N. (2017). Imagined Encounters: Assia Djebar’s Vaste est la prison. In E. Johnson, & E. Brezault (Eds.), Memory as Colonial Capital Cross-Cultural Encounters in French and English (pp. 61-76). Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.
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    2017 Edwards, N. (2017). Pussy: The Feline and the Feminine in Cixous’s L’ Amour même dans la boîte aux lettres. In E. Hall, F. Chevillot, E. Hoft-March, & M. Penalver Vicca (Eds.), Cixous depuis 2000/Cixous after 2000. (pp. 179-190). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.
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    2015 Edwards, N., McCann, B., & Poiana, P. (2015). The doubling of the frame - Visual art and discourse. In N. Edwards, B. McCann, & P. Poiana (Eds.), Framing French Culture (1 ed., pp. 3-25). Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press.
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    2015 Edwards, N. (2015). Annie Ernaux's phototextual archives: Ecrire la vie. In N. Edwards, B. McCann, & P. Poiana (Eds.), Framing French Culture (1 ed., pp. 177-191). Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press.
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    2014 Edwards, N. (2014). Autofiction in the dock: The case of Christine Angot. In A. Angelo, & E. Fulop (Eds.), Protean Selves: First-Person Narrators in Twenty-First-Century French and Francophone Fiction (1 ed., pp. 68-81). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
    2013 Edwards, N. (2013). Rape and repetition: Virginie Despentes and the rewriting of trauma. In N. El Nossery, & A. Hubbell (Eds.), The Unspeakable: representations of trauma and francophone literature and art (1 ed., pp. 211-229). United Kingdomm: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
    2013 Edwards, N. (2013). 'Ecrire pour ne plus avoir honte' Christine Angot's and Annie Ernaux's Shameless Bodies. In E. Johnson, & P. Moran (Eds.), The female face of shame (1 ed., pp. 61-73). United States: Indiana University Press.
    2013 Edwards, N. (2013). Babykillers: Véronique Olmi and Laurence Tardieu on Motherhood. In A. Damle, & G. Rye (Eds.), Women's writing in twenty-first-century France: life as literature (1 ed., pp. 98-110). United Kingdom: Cardiff University of Wales Press.
    2011 Edwards, N., Hubbell, A., & Miller, A. (2011). Introduction: Textual and visual selves. In N. Edwards, A. Hubbell, & A. Miller (Eds.), Textual and Visual Selves: Photography, Film and Comic Art in French Autobiography (pp. 1-28). USA: University of Nebraska Press.
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    2011 Edwards, N. (2011). The absent body: Photography and autobiography in Hélène Cixous's photos de racines and Annie Ernaux and Marc Marie's L'usage de la photo. In N. Edwards, A. Hubbell, & A. Miller (Eds.), Textual and Visual Selves: Photography, Film, and Comic Art in French Autobiography (pp. 79-99). Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska.
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    2010 Edwards, N. (2010). Christine Angot's second-person autobiography. In N. Edwards, & C. Hogarth (Eds.), This "Self" Which is Not One: Women's Life Writing in French (pp. 149-160). United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Date Project Number / Name Investigators Funding Body Amount
2019 - 2021 Transnational Selves: French Narratives of Migration to Australia
DP190102863 
A/Prof. Natalie Edwards & Dr. Christopher Hogarth Australian Research Council (ARC) $120,000

 

Date Course Title Course Level / Code
2021 Beginners' French IA & IB Level 1, FREN 1002 & 1003
2021 French for Grape Growers, Wine Makers & Wine Lovers FREN 3215OL
2021 French IIIB & IIISB Culture: L'écriture féminine Level 3, FREN 3213 & 3214

 

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 Co-Supervisor Muslim Women's Identity in a Changing World: the Fiction of Leila Aboulela Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Najla Fahad Alyabis
    2020 Principal Supervisor Self-Deception and Wilful Ignorance. Self-induced, purported ignorance? Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Ms Margaret Leila Penhall-Jones
    2019 Principal Supervisor Exploring Artistic Responses to Far-right Populism in Contemporary France Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Miss Lauren Madeleine Twine
    2019 Principal Supervisor Geographies of Francophone Pacific Literature - Mapping Place, Writers and Writing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Freya Anne Davies-Ardill
    2018 Principal Supervisor Collaboration in Photographic Art Works (Sophie Calle and Mathieu Briand) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Debra Anne Hoadley
    2017 Principal Supervisor Unburied Memories: Exploring the Cultural Trauma Process through Holodomor Survivor Literature Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Elise Westin
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Poétique du neutre et question de l'Être dans l’oeuvre poétique d'Andrée Chedid et de Jeanne Benguigui Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Melanie Maillot
    2018 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Narratives of Child Abduction in Nazi-Occupied Eastern Europe
    Volume 1: Novella
    Volume 2: Exegesis
    Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mrs Anj Foley
    2017 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Australian Alcohol Advertising, Gender Stereotypes, and Alcohol-Involved Sexual Assault Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Laurence Cobbaert
    2015 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Parole De Narrateurs: Figures De L'Enonciation Dans Le Recit Francais Moderne Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Marianne Braux
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Les Instants De Recueillement Et De Souvenir: La Deuxieme Guerre Mondiale Et Le Cinema Francais De 1995 A Nos Jours Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Lisa Harper Campbell
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing President Australian Society for French Studies Executive Committee Australian Society for French Studies Australia
    2013 - ongoing Treasurer Australian Society for French Studies Australian Society for French Studies Australia
    2012 - 2013 Member Australian Society for French Studies- Postgraduate Officer Australian Society for French Studies Australia
    2009 - 2011 Board Member Women in French association Women in French association United States
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2020 - 2023 Member PMLA Advisory Committee Modern Language Association United States
    2018 - ongoing Member Editorial Board, University of Wales Press' French and Francophone Studies series University of Wales Press United Kingdom
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2019 - 2021 Director Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender, University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 - 2012 Director of Gender, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide
    2015 - ongoing Director of Graduate Studies Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83134920
  • Email: natalie.edwards@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4341
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 8
  • Room: 8 06
  • Org Unit: French Studies

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