Summary: Sexuality and Corporeality in the Work of Annie Ernaux, Nancy Huston and Nelly Arcan
Location: Michael Sadler
Teaching Commitments: Seminar tutor & lecturer: 2017-2018: 'Worlds of Literature' (MODL1150); 'Language Awareness & Skills' (FREN1010); 2016-2017: 'Resistance & Desire: Introduction to French Studies' (FREN1020)
My ResearchI am a final-year PhD researcher, funded by the Leeds 110 Anniversary Research scholarship and working under the supervision of Professor Diana Holmes and Dr Claire Lozier. My research centres on the erotic writing of contemporary Francophone women authors Annie Ernaux, Nancy Huston and Nelly Arcan. In particular, I focus on dominant sexual discourses within popular culture (such as pornography), sexual difference, intersectional feminism and the female body and its literary representation.
This year, I co-organised a conference at the University of Birmingham, 'Imagining the Body in France & the Francophone World', and assisted in the running of an International Writers at Leeds event, giving a platform to artist Fiorenza Menini and translating her scripts for a performative reading and film projection. I also recently participated in this year's CIEF conference (Conseil International d'Etudes Francophones) in La Rochelle, thanks to an AHC Research Dissemination Award. I am now preparing a special journal issue alongside Dr. Antonia Wimbush and Dr. Maria Tomlinson, forthcoming with L'Esprit créateur.
As for institutional engagement, I currently act as seminar tutor in the School of Languages, Cultures & Societies, contribute to the Leeds Excellence in the Arts Programme (LEAP) seminar series, and am a member of the Popular Culture Research Network. I also received professional recognition last summer for my teaching, being made Associate Fellow of the HEA and UKPSF@Leeds.
[Forthcoming] Challenging Normative Spaces and Gazes: the Body in 20th and 21st Century Francophone Culture, in LEsprit créateur, ed. by Polly Galis, Maria Tomlinson and Antonia Wimbush (2020).
[Forthcoming] Galis, Polly, Hyper-Conformity as Counter-Discourse: Nelly Arcans À Ciel ouvert, Sexual/Textual Boundaries: Women Writing Sexual Encounter in French, France and Canada (2000-2015), in LEsprit créateur, ed. by Kate Averis and Eglė Kačkutė.
Galis, Polly, 'Carnets de lincarnation : Textes choisis 2002-2015 by Nancy Huston (review)', in LEsprit créateur, 58.2 (2018), 141-142.
Galis, Polly, Bon sexe, mauvais sexe: La représentation porno-érotique dans Infrarouge de Nancy Huston, Cahiers de lIREF, 8 (2017), 39-48.
Galis, Polly, Transnational Memory in Nancy Hustons Fault Lines, The Mark of the Angel and Plainsong, Retrospectives, 5.1 (2016), 2-21.
Galis, Polly, Speaking to Others in Nancy Hustons The Goldberg Variations and Slow Emergencies, Exchanges: the Warwick Research Journal, 3.2 (2016), 199-215.