Kate Averis

Kate Averis works on writing and expression in the fields of, on the margins of, and at the intersections of twentieth and twenty-first-century Francophone and Latin American literature. With a focus on contemporary women’s writing, representations of migration and exile, and transnational cultures and experiences, her work investigates the multiple, changing identities that are expressed in and enabled by the transnational dynamics of world and comparative literature.

Kate’s recent publications examine contemporary representations of exile and displacement in the novels of exiled women writers with an emphasis on the gendered experience of exile, theories of nomadic subjectivity, and the representation of the relation to home and homecoming.

Her current research moves beyond the study of the early phases of arrival and transition in transnational mobility, to focus on the experience of displacement as an ongoing state of ‘settlement’ in a transnational mode and a space of ageing in twentieth and twenty-first century Francophone and Latin American women’s writing.

Exile and Nomadism in French and Hispanic Women’s Writing (Oxford: Legenda, 2014)

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Current projects

‘Writing Displacement, Demythologising Violence: Discourses of Violence in Contemporary Colombia and Laura Restrepo’s La multitud errante’, forthcoming with Romance Studies

Exiles, Travellers and Vagabonds: Rethinking Mobility in Francophone Women’s Writing, edited with Isabel Hollis, forthcoming with University of Wales Press

‘Of Nomads and Exiles: Nancy Huston’s Disruptive Tropes of Transnational Mobility’, in Exiles, Travellers and Vagabonds: Rethinking Mobility in Francophone Women’s Writing, edited with Isabel Hollis, forthcoming with University of Wales Press

‘Ageing in Exile: Contemporary Women’s Writing in French and Spanish’, ‘Women’s Ageing in Contemporary Women’s Writing’ Cross-Cultural Seminar at King’s College London / Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (University of London), 25-26 Sep 2015

Etrangères parmi nous: Filming the Intersections of Migration, Femininity and Ageing’, 56th Annual Conference of the Society for French Studies, University of Cardiff, 29 June-1 July 2015

‘Writing Female Ageing into the 21st Century: Annie Ernaux and Nancy Huston’, ‘Les Femmes s’entêtent: Feminism, writing, art and film 1975-2015: bilan(s) and avenir(s)’, Women in French UK Conference 2015, University of Leeds, 8-10 May 2015

‘L’exil de la vieillesse? Le vieillissement chez les écrivaines contemporaines en France’, 30th anniversary seminar of the ‘Créativité et Imaginaire des Femmes’ Research Network of the Université Bordeaux Montaigne, 10 April 2015

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