Dr Fransiska Louwagie

Lecturer and Director of French Studies

Fransiska

Bachelor of Romance linguistics and literature (Kortrijk), Master (Licence) of Romance linguistics and literature (Leuven), Advanced Interuniversitary Master in Literary Studies, PhD (Leuven). Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Contact Details

Research Summary

My main research focus is on French post-Holocaust literature. I’m particularly interested in survivor narratives and in the representation of the Holocaust in contemporary Francophone fiction.

As this research addresses the experience of displaced witnesses, my work also focuses on issues of exile, identity and bilingualism. As part of a research project on self-translation I undertook a three-month research stay at Harvard University in 2010, supported by a Fulbright grant and a travel grant from the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO).

Postgraduate Supervision

Dr Louwagie would welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students, particularly in the following areas:

  • Holocaust studies
  • Testimony
  • Historical fiction and representations
  • Jewish literature
  • Self-translation
  • Migrant writers
  • Memory and Identity
  • Bande dessinée

Teaching

20th Century Jewish Literature : Loss, Exile, Memory

Bande dessinée

Self-translation and Bilingual Writing: French Texts Across Languages and Cultures

Modern French language

Administrative Responsibilities

- Director of French Studies, since September 2014

- Acting Director of French Studies, 2013-2014 (first semester)

- Admissions Tutor, School of Modern Languages, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 (first semester)

- Year Abroad Team, School of Modern Languages, 2011-2013

- Acting Deputy director of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Leicester, 2012-2013

- Member of the Centre for Translation and Interpreting Studies, University of Leicester

- Member of CETRA (Centre for Translation Studies), KULeuven

- Member of the editorial board of Témoigner: entre histoire et mémoire (Auschwitz Foundation Brussels & Éditions Kimé Paris)

- Co-editor of Traces de mémoire. Pédagogie et transmission, 2011-2015.
- Member of the international interdisciplinary research project: “CARTEST: Carrières testimoniales. Les devenirs-témoins de conflits des XXe et XXIe siècles” (Coordination: Université de Lorraine), 2011-2014

- Member of the Leicester Migration Network

 

Research Projects and Events

Caroline Sharples - Fransiska Louwagie: 'Rwanda Remembered', Arts Humanities and Law College Research Development Grant, 2013-2014. With additional financial support from : Wallonie-Bruxelles International.

Manu Braganca (QUB) - Fransiska Louwagie: 'France, Vichy and me', BA/Leverhulme Small Grant 2014-2016. With additional financial support from : The Society for the Study of French History, The Society for French Studies, The Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, The Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (University of Leicester), The School of Modern Languages at the University of Leicester, The Institute for Collaborative Research (Queen’s University Belfast), Research Initiative (Queen’s University Belfast).

Fransiska Louwagie, Caroline Sharples (UClan), CCM Theatre: 'Across the Seasons: Memory Matters Today', Toni Schiff Memorial Fund Grant, 2015-2016. 

 

Most Recent Publications

With Manu Braganca (eds), Ego-histories of France and the Second World War: Writing Vichy, Palgrave, 2017 [Forthcoming].

"Le roman graphique Irmina. Un entretien sur la discrimination, les choix personnels et la mémoire". Interview with Barbara Yelin and Alexander Korb by Fransiska Louwagie and Fabian Van Samang, Témoigner. Entre histoire et mémoire, 122 (2016).

"« Et puis tu nous entraînes plus loin. » Le témoignage des camps vu à travers le regard des préfaciers", Michael Rinn (Ed.), Témoignages sous influence. La vérité du sensible, Presses de l'Université Laval, 2015, 83-102. 

“Après Maus: Témoignage et bande dessinée dans l’œuvre de Michel Kichka”, Jacques Walter – Béatrice Fleury (Eds), Carrières de témoins de conflits contemporains (3) Les témoins réflexifs, les témoins pollinisateurs, Nancy, Presses universitaires de Nancy, 2015, 107-119.

“Piotr Rawicz, un témoin venu de l’Est”, Jacques Walter – Béatrice Fleury (Eds), Carrières testimoniales (2), Nancy, Presses universitaires de Nancy, 2014, 357-373.

 « Anne Frank sur scène : le succès d’un symbole », Interview with David Barnouw by Fransiska Louwagie, Anna Scanlon, Fabian Van Samang. Témoigner. Entre histoire et mémoire, 119 (2014), 28-31. https://temoigner.revues.org/1553?lang=en

With Anny Dayan Rosenman (Eds), Un ciel de sang et de cendres. Piotr Rawicz ou la solitude du témoin, Paris, Kimé, 2013.

“Raymond Federman : l’autotraduction comme projet esthétique et critique”, Christian Lagarde, Helena Tanquiero (Eds), L’autotraduction aux frontières de la langue et de la culture, Limoges, Éditions Lambert Lucas, 2013, pp. 123-131.

 “Le témoignage face à l’histoire littéraire: Transformations esthétiques et critiques”, Luba Jurgenson – Alexandre Prstojevic (Eds), Des témoins aux héritiers, Une histoire de l’écriture de la Shoah, Paris, Éditions PETRA, 2012, pp. 241-259.

With Daniel Weyssow (Eds), La bande dessinée dans l’orbe des guerres et des genocides du XXe siècle, Thematic Issue of Témoigner. Entre histoire et mémoire. Revue pluridisciplinaire de la Fondation Auschwitz, 109 (2011), 220 p.

 Imaginaire de l’espace, espace imaginaire”, Jacques Walter – Béatrice Fleury (Eds), Qualifier, disqualifier et requalifier des lieux de détention, de concentration et d'extermination (4). Dispositifs de médiation mémorielle, Nancy, Presses universitaires de Nancy, 2011, pp. 319-334.

The Ethical Stance of Testimony: Memory Politics and Representational Choices”, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, 12: 1 (2010), pp. 1-17.

With Pieter Vermeulen, “Michael Rothberg (interview réalisé par Fransiska Louwagie et Pieter Vermeulen): L'Holocauste et l'imagination comparative”, Témoigner. Entre histoire et mémoire. Revue pluridisciplinaire de la Fondation Auschwitz, n° 106 (2010), pp. 151-167.

“L’écriture ‘extime’ de Gérard Wajcman: blancs, notes et intertextes dans L’interdit”, Études françaises, 45: 2 (2009), pp. 131-150.

“Cultural Theory and Holocaust Remembrance in Romain Gary’s Pour Sganarelle and La Danse de Gengis Cohn”, Works and Days (Darbai ir Dienos), n° 51 (2009), pp. 97-106.

“L’imaginaire de Jorge Semprun: Narcisse entre miroir et fleur”, Orbis Litterarum, 63: 2 (2008), pp. 152-171.

“Œdipe à Jéricho. L’œuvre testimoniale d’Henri Raczymow”, Neophilologus, 92: 2 (2008), pp. 217-234.

“‘Métastases’ d’Auschwitz. Modalités et limites d’une tradition testimoniale”, Annelies Schulte Nordholt (Ed.), Écrire la mémoire de la Shoah: la génération d'après, Amsterdam – New York, Éd. Rodopi, 2008, pp. 172-185.

“Between the General and the Particular: Reminiscences of Plato’s Timaeus in Piotr Rawicz’s Le sang du ciel”, Romance Quarterly, 54: 4 (2007), pp. 326-339.

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