Originally from the Beaujolais region of France, Amélie is currently undertaking a PhD at Birmingham City University. Her doctoral research – carried out in collaboration with the literature development agency Writing West Midlands – uses linguistic tools to investigate the conditions underpinning the reception of new literary writing.
In her PhD, Amélie attempts to make sense of the (visible and imagined) interactions between literary production, literary dissemination, and literary reception in light of the wider cultural context. While she specialises in Linguistics and Literature, she has become increasingly drawn to material-dialogic theories and approaches. Her recent (yet unpublished) work maps out the entanglement of literary style and literary response in Amazon book reviews of Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending. By using a diffractive methodology borrowed from the philosophers Karen Barad and Donna Haraway, Amélie hopes to reveal the ontological traces left by the reading event in the reviewers’ texts and in the reviews’ textures. More generally, Amélie is interested in exploring linguistic embodiment and performance as well as the ways in which language construes specific types of (un)knowledges.