Dr Helena Duffy

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Helena Duffy is a Marie Skłodowska–Curie Research Fellow, working with Professor Robert Eaglestone on an EU–funded project ‘Un passé qui ne passe pas: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Contemporary French Holocaust Literature’. As part of her current project, Helena Duffy is investigating the ethical dimension of the depiction of the Nazi genocide in the postmodern French novel, as exemplified by the works of Jonathan Littell, Pierre Assouline, Philippe Claudel, Yannick Haenel, Soazig Aaron, Fabric Humbert, Patrick Modiano and Laurent Binet. The project will result in a monograph entitled Inventing the Infranovel: The Ethics of Holocaust Representation in Postmodern French Fiction, five journal articles, conference presentations, seminar papers, and a broad range of outreach activities including public lectures, school talks and engagement through social media. As part of these activities, in May 2018 Helena Duffy will be guiding students of Royal Holloway through Holocaust-related sites of Paris.

For the project FB page, use the following link: https://www.facebook.com/Un-passé-qui-ne-passe-pas-957364431052425/

Currently, Helena Duffy is acting as guest-editor for two journals: Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust and French Forum. The special issues she is collating focus respectively on the predicament of Jewish mothers during and after the Holocaust, and the representations of the Holocaust in contemporary French and Francophone Fiction (1997-2017).

Prior to her present engagement, Helena Duffy taught French language and literature in the UK (University of Hull, Oxford Brookes University), Australia (University of Queensland, University of New England), France (Université Blaise–Pascal, Clermont–Ferrand) and Poland (Uniwersytet Wrocławski). Her research interests lie in 20th– and 21st–centruy French literature and cinema, with a particular focus on non–native authors, postmodernism and cultural representations of the Holocaust. She is the author of a monograph entitled World War II in Andreï Makine’s Historiographic Metafiction: No One Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Forgotten, and many journal articles, book chapters and essays.


Teaching: FR2009W, Monday, 1-2pm, Win006

Office hours: Monday 12-12.50, Int248

Email: helena.duffy@rhul.ac.uk

Tel.: ex. 3225


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