Dr Laetitia Nanquette

Lecturer and Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow
BA (Sorbonne University, Paris); PhD (SOAS, University of London)
School of the Arts & Media


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216, Level 2 Robert Webster
Kensington Campus
Fields: Comparative Literature Studies, Postcolonial and Global Cultural Studies, Literary Theory, Middle Eastern Literature, Migrant Cultural Studies

Laetitia is a Senior Lecturer and Australia Research Council DECRA Fellow in the School of the Arts and Media.

She was trained in France, the United Kingdom, Iran and the United States (Fulbright Visiting Fellow at Harvard University) before coming to Australia in 2013. She frequently travels to Iran for research fieldworks.

She is interested in modern and contemporary Middle Eastern literatures, particularly in Persian literature; the circulation of literature and culture between the Middle East and the diasporas; the relations between the West and the postcolonial world; World Literature; literature and globalization, exile and diaspora literatures.

Her current work project as a DECRA Fellow (2015-2019) is entitled: "A Global Comparative Study of Contemporary Iranian Literature".

This project reveals how literature circulates in a globalized world and evidences the diversity generated out of globalization processes. As a case study of a rich culture constrained by recent political changes and decentralized in diasporic communities, the Iranian example is particularly significant in considering non-Western types of globalization. Detailing how national and global literary practices are connected, this project is the first comparative study examining Iranian literatures and their circulation on a global scale, in Iran and in the Iranian diaspora in Australia, the United States and Western Europe.

She is also interested in translation studies and in the practice of translation. Her translations of Iranian short stories into French have been published in literary journals, and she has translated Persian texts into English with Ali Alizadeh.

She is Editor for the Persian/Iranian Writing and Culture volume of The Literary Encyclopedia, ed. Dr Robert Clark: http://www.litencyc.com

To view Laetitia's book 'Orientalism Versus Occidentalism: Literary and Cultural Imaging Between France and Iran Since the Islamic Revolution', please see: http://www.ibtauris.com/Books/Society--social-sciences/Society--culture-general/Cultural-studies/Orientalism-Versus-Occidentalism-Literary-and-Cultural-Imaging-Between-France-and-Iran-Since-the-Islamic-Revolution

View Laetitia's Academia profile here.

She is currently accepting applications for candidates wishing to undertake a PhD in all her areas of research expertise.

Current PhD supervision:

Main supervisor: Elham Naeej "Romance, Women and Liminality in Contemporary Iran "

Co-supervisor: Setayesh Nooraninejad "The Writing Culture of Ordinary People in Iran During the War Years (1980-1988)" (PhD at ANU)

Mazda Moradabbasi "Literary Adaptation in Iranian Cinema"

Successful Honours completion: Joyce Chew


Honours and prizes

2015-2019: Australian Research Council DECRA

2014 Received the Dean’s Research Award “Achievement by an Early Career Researcher”, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW

2011-2012: Four Research Grants for Harvard Visiting Scholarship: Fulbright commission; Arthur Sachs Foundation; Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute; Fondation La Ferth

2010 and 2009: PhD scholarship: Houtan Foundation

Engagement and Professional contributions

Cultural Studies Association of Australasia

American Comparative Literature Association

Postcolonial Studies Association

Modern Language Association

Association for Iranian Studies

Centre for Iranian Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies

Association for the Study of Australian Literature

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