Kaliane Ung

  • Visiting Assistant Professor



PhD, French,  New York University
MA, Philosophy, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
MA, Comparative Literature, University of Edinburgh
BA, Université Aix-Marseille (French & English)

Research interests

20th and 21st century French and francophone literature; writing and performing the self; contemporary philosophy; ethics; feminism; ecocriticism


Kaliane’s book project Ecritures blessées: Joë Bousquet, Hervé Guibert, Violette Leduc, Simone Weil analyzes how the text becomes a tool for survival when violence and suffering alter the body. It unfolds as four case studies of twentieth-century French authors who write about their wounds, be they literal (Bousquet’s war wound, Guibert’s AIDS), imaginary (Leduc’s paranoia about her illegitimacy as a bastard), or self-inflicted (Weil’s hunger strikes). It investigates writing as a performative and transformative act and offers a reassessment of agency, via self-invention, in the face of adversity.

Kaliane is co-editing an issue of Simone de Beauvoir Studies on “Situating Masculinities” with Professor Todd Reeser.

Selected Publications

“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
  • FR1022 – Creative Writing Workshop in French
  • FR1023 – French Theatre Workshop
  • FR1025 – The Idea of France
  • FR2715 – Transatlantic Dialogues: French and American Feminisms (graduate seminar, cross-listed with GSWS)
  • FR2703 – Animality, Sex, Gender (graduate seminar, cross-listed with GSWS)