Helen McAlister

Thesis working title: Identity in displacement: a comparative study of Francophone Literature from the Caribbean, Quebec to North Africa.

Supervisor: Professor Mary Gallagher

Helen McAlister

I am a second year doctoral student in the French department at UCD. I come from a language background, having studied for my BA in French and Spanish at Queen’s University Belfast, followed by an MPhil in Literary Translation at Trinity College Dublin in 2014. For my MPhil, I completed a dissertation which was an annotated translation of Patrick Chamoiseau’s iconic work on the disappearance of the conteur (story teller) and the Oral tradition, Solibo Magnifique. This partly motivated me to continue with studies in the Antilles and so I began a PhD, which analyses the work of  Chamoiseau amongst other writers from the Antilles and former French colonies. I am currently working abroad as part of UCD’s lector exchange programme. I have just completed a year as a lectrice at the University of Rennes 2 in France and having loved this experience in Rennes, I will be moving to Brest in September to be an English lector at UBO.