Polly Galis

Polly Galis

PhD Researcher

Summary: Thesis research on 'Sexuality; Corporeality; Intersectionality: the Erotic Writing of Annie Ernaux, Nancy Huston and Nelly Arcan', under the supervision of Professor Diana Holmes & Dr Claire Lozier

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 Research

I am a third-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 sexual representation in the work of contemporary Francophone authors Nelly Arcan, Annie Ernaux and Nancy Huston, with particular focus on dominant sexual discourses, sexual difference, intersectional feminism and the female body.

About Me 

I completed a BA in English and French at the University of Leeds in 2014, graduating with a first-class honours with a distinction in spoken French, and receiving the Philip Thody Memorial Prize for Intellectual Excellence by a Finalist in French. During my undergraduate studies I also spent my year abroad studying Philosophy and the Arts at l’Université du Quebec à Trois-Rivières. I then undertook an MA by Research in French at the University of Warwick funded by the SMLC full fees' bursary, examining the transnational character of Huston's literature.

I recently co-organised a conference entitled 'Imagining the Body in France & the Francophone World' alongside Maria Tomlinson and Antonia Wimbush at the University of Birmingham, with the generous support of the IMLR, SFS, University of Birmingham and Leeds, and am in the process of preparing a follow-up publication. I also assisted in the running of an International Writers at Leeds event (February 2018), including subtitle and script translations for a film-screening and performative reading by artist Fiorenza Menini, and will participate in this year's CIEF conference in La Rochelle (thanks to the AHC Research Dissemination Award).

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 Faculty of Arts Centre for World Literatures and Popular Culture Research Network. I also received professional recognition last summer for my teaching, being made Associate Fellow of the HEA and UKPSF@Leeds.


Galis, Polly, ‘La Représentation Porno-Érotique dans Infrarouge de Nancy Huston’, in Féminismes, Sexualités, Libertés, ed. by Lori Saint-Martin, Thérèse St-Gelais and Caroline Désy (Montréal: Cahiers de l’IREF (Collection Agora no. 8), 2017), 39-48.

Galis, Polly, ‘Transnational Memory in Nancy Huston’s Fault Lines, The Mark of the Angel and Plainsong’, Retrospectives, 5.1 (2016), 2-21.

Galis, Polly, ‘“Speaking to Others” in Nancy Huston’s The Goldberg Variations and Slow Emergencies’, Exchanges: the Warwick Research Journal, 3.2 (2016), 199-215.