Dr Trudy Louise Agar

NAATI (Fr-Eng), BA, MA, PhD/DNR

Biography

Research interests

Twentieth-century French literature, Algerian literature, women writers, violence in literature, love in literature, translating conflict.

Research | Current

Trudy Agar is carrying out research in the areas of Francophone women’s writing, violence in literature and postcolonial autobiography. She is working on topics in the area of nationalism, feminism and group identity, tackling such questions as:

  • How do writers assert claims of nationalism and group identity in their texts?
  • How do female writers address the often conflicting claims of feminism and nationalism?
  • How does the writer in exile situate him/herself in terms of a nation / nation of adoption?

These questions bring into confrontation current postcolonial theory and a postmodern conception of identity.

Trudy is currently working on a project that examines love in Francophone North African literature, focussing on the writers Anouar Benmalek, Assia Djebar,Yasmina Khadra and Abdelkébir Khatibi.
 

Teaching | Current

I am on Research and Study Leave in Semester 2, 2016.

Postgraduate supervision

Fookes, Ian. "Victor Segalen: l'exotisme, l'altérité et la transcendance". Doctoral thesis. In progress.

Smith, Sidney. "Sexuality in francophone Moroccan female and queer fiction since 1990: an assertion against
prescriptions, proscriptions and the literary establishment." Doctoral thesis. In progress.

Sturm, Helen. "A translation and analysis of selected letters written by French Marist missionaries working in New Zealand 1836-1854." Doctoral thesis. In progress.

Lees, Graham. "Les mots blessés : L’expression littéraire du traumatisme dans​ Vaste est la prison d’Assia Djebar", 2015. BA(Hons) Dissertation.

Muir, Rhian. "Écrire la polyvocité de l’Algérie : déterritorialisations chez Assia Djebar et Maïssa Bey", 2015. BA(Hons) Dissertation. 

Munchetty Chendriah, Valinda. "Le rôle de la mère et d’autres influences dans la quête identitaire de jeunes beurs", 2012. BA(Hons) Dissertation.

Thyberg, Emily. "Translation of a chapter from Déwé Gorodé’s novel Graines de pin colonnaire", 2012. BA(Hons) Dissertation.

Smith, Sidney. "Un verbe terrible pour dénoncer le Maroc : Partir de Tahar Ben Jelloun", 2012. BA(Hons) Disseration. 

Responsibilities

I am on Research and Study Leave in Semester 2, 2016.

Areas of expertise

NAATI accredited translator from French-English.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Agar, T. L. (2017). Does Love Know No Borders? Culture-Crossed Lovers in les amants désunis and les nuits de Strasbourg. Australian Journal of French Studies, 54 (1), 58-70. 10.3828/AJFS.2017.05
  • Agar, T. (2015). Exile and Nomadism in French and Hispanic Women's Writing. French Studies, 69 (4), 560-561. 10.1093/fs/knv184
  • Agar, T. L. (2013). Villes impénétrables, villes de fitna : la ville sexuée chez Yasmina Khadra et Assia Djebar. In C. Gronemann, W. Pasquier (Eds.) Scènes des genres au Maghreb: Masculinités critique 'queer' et espaces du féminin/masculin (pp. 17-30). Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi. Related URL.
  • Agar, T. (2013). Ethique et rupture bouraouïennes. Aberrahman Beggar. New Zealand Journal of French Studies, 34 (2), 132-133.
  • Agar, T. L. (2013). A Fine Risk: Illicit Love in Djebar and Bouraoui. In A. Rocca, K. Reeds (Eds.) Women Taking Risks in Contemporary Autobiographical Narratives (pp. 21-32). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Agar, T. L. (2012). L’amour est-il bilingue ? La relation d’altérité chez Assia Djebar. Paper presented at 26e Congrès du Conseil International d’Études Francophones. Le passage, un thème littéraire et culturel à redéfinir ?, Thessaloniki, Greece. 10 June - 17 June 2012. Related URL.
  • Agar, T. L. (2012). A fine risk: illicit love in Djebar and Bouraoui. Paper presented at Women in French Conference: Crossing Boundaries: French and Francophone Women in Literature and Science, Culture and the Arts, Tempe, Arizona, USA. 24 February - 25 February 2012. Related URL.
  • Agar, T. L. (2011). Amour de soi et désir de l’autre. L’autobiographe amoureuse [Love of self and desire for the other. The loving autobiographer]. Expressions maghrébines, 10 (1), 115-130.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/15321

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Contact details

Primary location

CLL - Bldg 207
Level 5, Room 506
18 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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