Please tell us about your research project.
I am a second-year PhD student in modern literature, specializing in medical humanities. I research epilepsy in French and British contemporary literature (from 1980 to present). My work focuses on understanding how epilepsy is represented in memoirs and fiction. Drawing on epileptological knowledge, I aim to underline the narrative features of the disease and to suggest a literary epistemology of the use of narrative medicine in the medical follow-up of epilepsy. Thus, I highlight that when confronted by epilepsy our literary tools are entirely challenged. That is why I create a space for dialogue between care and literary studies.
Could you please tell us a bit more about your scholarship/exchange programme?
I study at Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3 in the THALIM laboratory. My research is fully funded by the medical humanities IRN of CNRS which has a partnership with the MFO, at which I have a 10-month placement.
First impressions of Oxford/the University?
It certainly is a place where one’s mind is at peace and being so close to nature is a key element in my research process. Moreover, as students, we have access to an impressive range of resources through the Oxford University library network. As soon as I arrived here, I felt lucky to experience part of my PhD studies in such a wonderful setting.