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Elly is a third-year DPhil student in French at Wadham College. She holds an MSt in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (University of Oxford) and a BA in Modern and Medieval Languages (University of Cambridge). She has also studied at the École normale supérieure in Paris, France.

Funded by the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities, Elly’s doctoral project explores points of encounter between water imagery and psychological distress in twenty-first-century women’s writing in French. Her thesis brings together the work of Marie Darrieussecq, Nathacha Appanah, Amélie Nothomb, and Fatou Diome, analysing water-based depictions of grief, trauma, and illness through the lens of posthuman and decolonial feminisms. Elly’s other research interests include: queer and crip literatures; feminist visual cultures; the medical and environmental humanities; and the work of Paul B. Preciado.

Elly is the Postgraduate Officer of the Society for French Studies. She is currently organising this year's Postgraduate Conference, titled 'Deviations' (King's College London, 31 May 2024; more information here). Prior to this, she worked as the Society's Conference Assistant. In this role, she co-organised the 63rd Annual Conference (Queen’s University Belfast, 27-29 June 2022), the 64th Annual Conference (Newcastle University, 26-28 June 2023), and two Postgraduate Conferences: 'After Work' (King's College London, 27 May 2022) and 'Surroundings' (King's College London, 19 May 2023).

In Spring 2023, Elly co-led the four-part online seminar series 'So Hot! Feeling the Heat in Contemporary Women's Writing', hosted by the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing at the Institute for Languages, Cultures and Societies (ILCS). The seminar recordings can be found on the ILCS website.

Elly is a first-generation student and, throughout her education, attended state schools in Southend-on-Sea. 

Teaching and Outreach

Paper XII: Special Subject in Advanced Translation

Paper XIV: Dissertation

Paper XI: Introduction to French Film Studies

Elly teaches twentieth-century French women's writing for the Sarah Lawrence Exchange Programme at Wadham College, Oxford, and co-convenes the Feminist Critical Theories and Practices series for undergraduates at Magdalene College, Cambridge. 

Elly is also involved in a number of widening participation initiatives, including UNIQ, Wadham's Modern Languages Summer School, and the Faculty's Y7-13 Flash Fiction Competition.

Selected Conference Papers

‘Spoilt fruit: Ecologies of sexual and reproductive violence in Nathacha Appanah's writing’, Society for French Studies 64th Annual Conference, 26-28 June 2023

‘Crisis and/in water in Nathacha Appanah's Rien ne t'appartient’, Women and/in crises – Femmes et/en crises, Women in French UK-Ireland, 26-28 May 2023

‘“C'est une danse de ressac, c'est un ballet de marée”: Water, Dance, and Nathacha Appanah’, Oxford French Graduate Seminar, 7 March 2023

‘Performing Genderlessness: The Dissident Theatres of Claude Cahun and Anne F. Garréta’, Society for French Studies 63rd Annual Conference, 27-29 June 2022

‘“Je sentais le poids de la mer sur ma poitrine”: Marie Darrieussecq and the depths of despair’, Oxford French Graduate Seminar, 1 February 2022

‘Water and mental unhealth in Amélie Nothomb’s Soif and Marie Darrieussecq’s La Mer à l’envers’, The Immersive Potential of Literature and Hybrid Media in the 20th and 21st Centuries, Women in French PG/ECR Symposium, 13-15 January 2022