Dr Peter Poiana

Senior Lecturer in French

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts

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


After completing my French major at the University of Adelaide, I undertook a PhD in French literature at the University of Provence, France. My thesis was concerned with phenomenological theories of reading and their narratological extensions. On returning to Australia, I did a three-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Sydney, which led to the publication of my monograph "Ethique et littérature". I have been lecturer in French Studies at the University of Adelaide since 1995.

Research interests include 20th Century French novel and poetry; 20th Century French poststructuralism and cultural theory; psychoanalysis; caribbean literature, contemporary poetry.

Authors studied: Jean Giono, Claude Simon, Michel Leiris, Georges Bataille, Samuel Beckett, Marguerite Duras, Colette, Marcel Proust, Edouard Glissant, Jacques Dupin, Christian Prigent.

Philosophical writings of Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida

I teach several courses in French Language and Literature, in the Department of French Studies.

French Literature courses include La Littérature engagée, La Belle époque, Le Monde francophone à travers ses textes, Le Théâtre de l'Absurde, Samuel Beckett.

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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 The Blackness of the Sun: An Exploration of Nihilism and Meaning in the works of Albert Camus and Samuel Beckett Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Gemma Lynn Parker
    2019 Co-Supervisor A Literary Study of Classical Influences on Milton's Theodicy in Paradise Lost Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Darryl Do
    2018 Co-Supervisor Feminist Poetics: writing neutrality in the works of Andree Chedid and Jeanne Benguigui Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Melanie Maillot
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Parole De Narrateurs: Figures De L'Enonciation Dans Le Recit Francais Moderne Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Marianne Braux
    2011 - 2015 Principal Supervisor L'EXCLUSION DES FEMMES DE LA VIE POLITIQUE : LA REPRESENTATION DES FEMMES POLITIQUES EN TANT QUE CANDIDATES A LA MAGISTRATURE SUPREME DANS LA CINQUIEME REPUBLIQUE. The Exclusion of Women from the World of Politics: The Representation of Female Politicians Running for the Highest Office in the Fifth French Republic. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Robert John Armstrong
    2010 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Subversion, innovacion y marginalidad en la obra de Roberto Bolano. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Israel Aaron Holas
    2009 - 2011 Principal Supervisor La Politique de la Diversité: la Nomination aux Postes de Gouvernement des Personnes de Couleur Sous la Présidence de Jacques Chirac et de Nicolas Sarkozy Master of Arts Master Full Time Mr Robert John Armstrong
    2004 - 2009 Principal Supervisor L'Autre c?t? la m?moire collective dans trois romans d'Amin Maalouf Master of Arts Master Part Time Ms Catherine Ann Bagot
  • Position: Senior Lecturer in French
  • Phone: 83135632
  • Email: peter.poiana@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4341
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 8
  • Room: 8 04
  • Org Unit: French Studies

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