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Dr Dominique Carlini-Versini, BA, MA, PhD

Lecturer (Teaching) in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures

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Before teaching at Durham, I completed two BA degrees (English and Lettres Modernes) at Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle and an MA in French and Comparative Literature (Sorbonne Nouvelle/Kent), as well as a PhD in French Studies (Kent) in 2018. I was also pensionnaire at the Ecole normale supérieure, and taught French language and culture at various universities including the University of Kent, the University of London Institute in Paris and the University of Limerick in Ireland.

My thesis focuses on extreme representations of the body in contemporary texts and films by Marie Darrieussecq, Virginie Despentes, Laurence Nobécourt and Marina de Van. I suggest to analyse these works through the lens of a reconceptualisation of excess, which allows to question corporeal boundaries as well as the intersections between text and film. 

Research Interests

  • Contemporary French/francophone literature and film
  • Ecocriticism and ecopoetics
  • Embodiment, gender and sexuality
  • Translation studies


Authored book

  • (2023). Le Corps-frontière: figures de l'excès chez Marie Darrieusssecq, Virginie Despentes et Marina de Van. Brill.

Edited Journal

Chapter in book

  • (2021). How Can We Teach French Inclusively? Challenges and Resistance. In N. Meyer & E. Hoft-March, Teaching Diversity and Inclusion: Examples from a French-Speaking Classroom. Routledge.

Journal Article

Book review

Conference Paper

  • (2021), "Genre et Refuge dans Tropique de la violence et La Mer à l’envers", Women in French UK-Ireland Biennial Conference. Maynooth University.
  • (2020), '"La France c'est comme ca ?": chercher refuge dans Tropique de la violence et La Mer a l'envers'.
  • (2020), "How Do We Teach French Inclusively? Challenges and Resistance", Diversity, Decolonization, and the French Curriculum (DDFC) virtual conference. University of Louisiana/Sam Houston State University.
  • (2020), ‘Imagining a New Collective Fiction: French Environmental Documentaries’, Graduate Centre for Europe Research Seminar Series, University of Birmingham, 22 January 2020.
  • (2019), ‘Teaching a CEFR-Based Literary Corpus: The Question of Implicit Meaning’, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education National Seminar Series 2018-19, University of Limerick, 7 June 2019.
  • (2019), ‘Touch and the Haptic in French Women’s Writing and Filmmaking Blurred Boundaries’, Literature Image and the Screen Conference, University of Genoa.
  • (2019), ‘Tout perdre précarité et spectralité dans Vernon Subutex', 21st Annual Conference of ADEFFI,Queen’s University Belfast, Nothern Ireland, 21st Annual Conference of ADEFFI. Queen’s University Belfast, Nothern Ireland
  • (2018), 'The Gendered Body Out-of-Bound in Virginie Despentes' Les Jolies Choses (1998)', Institute of Modern Languages Research and Centre for Modern European Literature Research Seminar Series, University of Kent.
  • (2018), ‘« On avait envie de les toucher, d’être touchée par ce feuillage doux et velu et si vert » In Touch with the Body and the Environment in Marie Darrieussecq’s Truismes and Notre vie dans les forêts’, Centre for Contemporary Women’s Writing Research Seminar on Marie Darrieussecq, Newcastle University.
  • (2018), ‘Marie Darrieussecq and Clara Malraux Rereading A Room of One’s Own in French’, 28th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, University of Kent, 21-24 June 2018.