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Elise Simone Marie Hugueny-Leger


Elise Simone Marie Hugueny-Leger
Postal address:
School of Modern Languages
Buchanan Building, Union St
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 463652

Research overview

Dr Elise Hugueny-Léger's research interests are in the field of contemporary French literature and culture, with particular emphasis on the theory and practice of autobiography and autofiction, and on the creative process inherent to life-writing.

Her current book-length project, entitled Projections de soi: identités et images en mouvement dans l’autofiction, examines dialogues between literature and the moving image in processes of self-representation, and media strategies at play in autofiction. As part of her work on life-writing, she has published on a wide range of writers, including Marguerite Duras, Camille Laurens, Sophie Calle, Emmanuel Carrère, Amélie Nothomb, Laurence Tardieu, Didier Eribon, Edouard Louis.

Dr Hugueny-Léger's first book was a study of the œuvre of Annie Ernaux (Annie Ernaux, une poétique de la transgression, 2009). It was the first monograph of its kind, in French, to examine in detail narrative strategies in the works of Ernaux, and to emphasize the interplay between self and others in her writing. She keeps giving talks and publishing articles on Annie Ernaux on a regular basis, and developed the website This website provides detailed bio-bibliographical material as well as previously unpublished texts by Ernaux, in French with English translations.

Other, broader interests encompass: the place of intellectuals in modern France; the rise of consumerism and its representation in artistic forms; women and their writings in contemporary French society; feminisms. She co-edited the journal special issue Untimely Mourning. Representing Child Death and Parental Mourning in Contemporary French and Francophone Literature and Culture (2019) and the volume Solitaires, Solidaires: Conflict and Confluence in Women's Writings in French (2015).

Dr Hugueny-Léger has supervised doctoral theses on autofiction and gender; mourning in Serge Doubrovsky; time in contemporary fiction. She welcomes PhD proposals on subjects related to her research interests.

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