Kaliane Ung

  • Visiting Assistant Professor
  • she/her/hers


PhD, French Literature, Thought and Culture, New York University
MA, Philosophy, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
MA, Comparative Literature, University of Edinburgh
BA, French and English Literature, Université Aix-Marseille

Research and teaching interests

20th and 21st century French and francophone literature; writing and performing the self; contemporary philosophy; health humanities; feminism; environmental humanities


Kaliane Ung holds a Ph.D in French Literature, Thought and Culture from New York University, as well as an MA in Philosophy from the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne and a M.Sc in Comparative Literature from the University of Edinburgh.

Her research focuses on twentieth-century French and francophone authors writing about their wounds. One of the questions guiding her inquiry is: what does writing about one’s trauma do to the writer and to the community? Her book manuscript Wounded Writings: Performing the Self in Modern France argues that in post-WW1 France, the wound becomes a site of enunciation as well as a site of transformation through the performative act of writing the ailing self. It defines performativity as the multiple ways in which the text transforms the body and invents new patterns of resilience and plasticity.

As a feminist, she is particularly interested in accounts of sexual violence in contemporary francophone literature and the dialogues between French, American and global feminisms, especially on questions of race, religion, body positivity and ecocriticism. She recently co-edited a special issue of Simone de Beauvoir Studies on “Situating Masculinities” with Dr. Todd Reeser.

She was born in Paris and grew up in Martinique. Before writing her dissertation at NYU, she worked as a performer and this experience influenced her research and teaching methods.

Selected Fellowships 

2020        Princeton University Library Research Fellowship 
2018        Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship

Selected Publications

“Violette Leduc’s feminist flâneries.” Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature 46.1 (2022)

“Joë Bousquet, crip exemplaire ? Poétique et éthique de la blessure de guerre.” L’Esprit créateur 61.4 (2021)

Mon désir fou de cinéma: Jean Marais et Isabelle Adjani sous la plume de Violette Leduc et Hervé Guibert.” Sens public (online, 2021) 

“Les viols de Violette dans Trésors à prendre et La Chasse à l’amour.” Violette Leduc: Genèse d’une oeuvre censurée (Paris: Presses Universitaires de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2019)

“Méditer selon Joë Bousquet.” Contemporary French & Francophone Studies, Sites (2018)


  • FR0221 – Reading French: Literature, Media, Culture
  • FR80 – The Modern French Novel
  • FR88 – Ailing Bodies: Narratives of Health and Illness (cross-listed with GSWS, included in the Health Humanities Certificate)
  • FR1022 – Creative Writing Workshop in French
  • FR1023 – Theatre Workshop in French
  • FR1025 – The Idea of France
  • FR2715 – Transatlantic Dialogues: French and American Feminisms (graduate seminar, cross-listed with GSWS)
  • FR2715 – Corporealities/Textualities (graduate seminar)
  • FR2703 – Animality, Sex, Gender (graduate seminar, cross-listed with GSWS)