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Research Profile

I specialise in Postwar French poetry, with particular interest in visual-verbal dynamics and the interactions between poetry and philosophy. I also work on place, memory, exile, bilingualism and biculturalism in literature. In my monograph (under contract), I approach these issues chielfy through the work of Welsh-French poet Heather Dohollau (born 1925). I have also published on other contemporary French poets, namely André du Bouchet, Marie-Claire Bancquart and Béatrice Bonhomme.

Research Overview:


Poetry Between Languages: Heather Dohollau (Amsterdam: Rodopi, c. 2014)

Research output: Book




Heather Dohollau: La poésie comme "langue inconnue"

O'Connor, C. 2013 In: Bilinguisme, double culture, littératures. Editions L'Harmattan

Research output: Chapter in Book



Étoilement du poème: Légèreté et punctum dans l'écriture de Béatrice Bonhomme

O'Connor, C. 2013 In: Béatrice Bonhomme. Collier, P. & Tomas, I. (eds.). Peter Lang Pub. (Modern French Identities; 100).

Research output: Chapter in Book

In press



"Qui ceint l'énigme": L’inhumain dans la poésie de Marie-Claire Bancquart

O'Connor, C. 2012 In: Dans le feuilletage de la terre: Sur l'oeuvre poétique de Marie-Claire Bancquart. Peter Lang Pub. p. 355-377. 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book

In press


“Un manquement comme bien” / "Absence as resource": Heather Dohollau and the Unsaid as Poetic Resource

O'Connor, C. 2012 In: Pratiques et horizons du champ poétique contemporain. Nina, P., Emma, W. & Kelly, M. (eds.). vol. 2 ‘Gros plans’. University of Nebraska Press

Research output: Chapter in Book




Translating Non-Figuration: Heather Dohollau’s Poems on Pure Visuality

O'Connor, C. Jul-2010 In : French Studies. 64, 3, p. 276-289. 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journal › Article





O'Connor, C. & co-written with Heather Dohollau 2006 In: Heather Dohollau: L’évidence lumineuse, . Lançon, D. (ed.). Bédée, France : Folle Avoine p. 161-4. 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book



Les îles d’une écriture

O'Connor, C. 2006 In: Heather Dohollau: L’évidence lumineuse. Lançon, D. (ed.). Bédée, France : Folle Avoine p. 16-34. 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book


Teaching Responsibilities:

I teach in French language, translation, cinema, literature and culture at undergraduate level.


September 2009: Ph.D. degree in Contemporary French Poetry awarded by the University of St Andrews: ‘“Pour garder l’impossible intact”: The Poetry of Heather Dohollau’.

July 2002: Awarded Agrégation (French academic postgraduate qualification) in English, specializing in Literature: attained 17th place nationally.

2001-2002: Auditrice libre at École Normale Supérieure d’Ulm (Paris) for Agrégation course: Literature, Linguistics, Cultural History, Translation.

June 2001: Awarded Maîtrise in English Literature at University of Paris IV, Sorbonne, with mention très bien (highest distinction). Dissertation in English (30,000 words): ‘Theatricality in the Poems of Emily Dickinson’.

June 2000: Graduated with Licence in English at University of Paris IV-Sorbonne, specializing in History of Art and Ideas: mention bien (distinction).

December 1999: Awarded Certificate of Proficiency in English with added Literature syllabus by the University of Cambridge (highest level of ESOL examinations).

1997-1999: Interdisciplinary undergraduate course (Classe Préparatoire) at Lycée Louis-le-Grand, Paris.


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