Emeritus Professor Raylene Lammas Ramsay

Dip Ling (Cambridge), DU (Poitiers), MA (Otago)

Biography

  • Professor of French,
  • Director of the Pacific French Research Centre

Educational qualifications

1972  Université de Poitiers Doctorat d'Université, French Literature
          Mention très honorable avec félicitations du jury a l’unanimité

1975  Cambridge University, England, Post-Grad. Diploma in Linguistics, (Fellow Girton College)

1968  Otago University, New Zealand, MA, First Class Honours in French

1966  Otago University, New Zealand, BA

Previous appointments

1994- The University of Auckland – Professor of French
 
1997-Feb 2000 The University of Auckland – Head, School of European Languages and Literatures

1989-1994 Simmons College, Boston US – Associate Professor

1987-1989 Clark University,  Worcester, MA, US – Assistant Professor

1986-1987 Tufts University, MA, US – Visiting Assistant Professor

1981-1986 Massey University New Zealand – Senior Lecturer

1977-1981 Massey University New Zealand – Lecturer

1975-1977 Cambridge University, St. John's, Jesus, Magdalene, Girton – Tutor

1972-1975 Université de Toulouse-le-Mirail, France – Lectrice

Originaire de la Nouvelle-Zélande où elle a vécu jusqu'en 1968 et enseigné (Massey University) entre 1977 et 1984, Raylene Ramsay travaille au département d'études françaises de l'Université d'Auckland depuis 1994, après avoir occupé des postes en France, en Angleterre et aux États-Unis. Elle a soutenu une thèse de doctorat sur l'Oeuvre romanesque d'Alain Robbe-Grillet à l'Université de Poitiers en 1972. L'auteur de plusieurs livres et articles sur la littérature française du XXe siècle, elle s'intéresse au présent aux rapports entre la littérature de la Métropole et d'autres littératures francophones, plus particulièrement, celle de la Nouvelle-Calédonie. Ses recherches actuelles ont une dimension interdisciplinaire et comprennent la traduction de la littérature orale, l'autobiographie féminine et les écrits des femmes au pouvoir.

Membership of research networks

French Pacific Research Unit, The University of Auckland

CERC (research group on pacific literature based at L’ Université de Paris 3)

Organiser / Convenor of CERC conference "Cultural Crossings: Negotiating Identities in Francophone and Anglophone Pacific Literatures / A la croisée des cultures: de la négociation des identités dans les littératures francophones et anglophones du Pacifique", 21 and 22 November 2008

Otago University interdisciplinary research group on Cultural Hybridity

Research grants

2008 Fonds Pacifique, 6,400 euros

2007-2005 Marsden Grant, $208,000

2002 Chercheur de Haut Niveau, French Ministry of Education, 8,100 euros

Research | Current

  • 20th century French literature, New Caledonian literature, women writers, French women in politics.

Books

In process. Book manuscript. Between the Colonial and the Postcolonial. Hybridity in Contemporary French and Francophone Writing.

In process. Book manuscript. New Caledonian Literatures.

In production. Nights of Storytelling. A Cultural history of Kanaky / New Caledonia, University of Hawaii Press, pp 212 (110 texts in translation plus 50 reproductions of archival and creative images), (general editor; author of, "The Contemporary Period", pp 125-245).

In production. Editor. Selected Proceedings of CERC Conference: “Cultural Crossings: Negotiating Identities in Francophone and Anglophone Pacific Literatures / A la croisée des cultures: de la négociation des identités dans les littératures francophones et anglophones du Pacifique’’.

Translation with critical introduction

The Wreck, Déwé Gorodé. A Translation of the first Kanak novel, L’Epave, with a critical introduction, Deborah Walker and Raylene Ramsay.

Articles accepted for publication

"In the Belly of the Canoe with Ihimaera, Hulme, and Gorodé. The Waka as a Locus of Hybridity", special no. of Journal of Francophone Studies, forthcoming.

Professor Raylene Ramsay's Research

Postgraduate supervision

 

PhD supervision co-tutelle / co-supervision with France

Diver, Ruth. Childhood Cultural Displacement in the Work of three French Authors of Russian origin (supervisors Professor Ramsay, Associate Professor Hanne, Professor Bayard Univ. Paris 8).

Sinclair, Emma. From Kanak Oral Tradition to Kanak Literature. "Sentiers et passages: les traditions orales et la construction de l'identité sociale dans la littérature orale et écrite de la Nouvelle-Calédonie contemporaine (supervisors Professor Ramsay,  Professor Shore, and Professor Jouve, Université de la Nouvelle-Calédonie).

Vigier, Stéphanie. La Fiction face au passé: Histoire, mémoire et espace-temps dans la fiction littéraire océanienne contemporaine (supervisors Professor Ramsay and Professor de Deckker, Université de la Nouvelle-Calédonie).


PhD supervision

Pendharka, Ashwinee. Changing French perceptions of India: A Study of French Reception of Post-Colonial Indian Literature (supervisors Professor Ramsay and Associate Professor Hanne).
 

Professor Raylene Ramsay's Postgraduate Supervision

 

Committees/Professional groups/Services

 

Professional and service roles

TEC Humanities and Law Panel

Humanities Panel, Marsden Fund

Senior University Women’s Mentor

Auckland University Press Committee

Review Panel, School of European Studies, University of La Trobe; Chair of Review Panel Dept. of Sociology, The University of Auckland

Member of Editorial Board of AUMLA and of NZJFS

Editorial Board of Journal of French Literary and Cultural Studies

Reader: French Review, Hecate, Nottingham French Studies, etc

Director – French Pacific Research Centre


Recent award

Chevalier des Arts et des lettres (French Ministry of Culture)


Other awards

Fellow of the New Zealand Academy of the Humanities, 2008


Recent research grants

2008 Fonds Pacifique, 6,200 euros.
International meeting of the CERC to be held at The University of Auckland 21-22 November 2008. "Cultural Crossings: Negotiating Identities in Francophone and Anglophone Pacific Literatures / A la croisée des cultures: de la négociation des identités dans les littératures francophones et anglophones du Pacifique".

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Ramsay, R. L. (2014). Kanak imaginaries: A sense of place in the work of Déwé Görödé. Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, 5 (1), 10-24. 10.17742/IMAGE.periph.5-1.2
  • Ramsay, R. L. (2014). The literatures of the French Pacific: Reconfiguring hybridity: the case of Kanaky-New Caledonia. Liverpool, UK: University of Liverpool Press. Pages: 384.
  • Walker-Morrison, D., & Ramsay, R. (2013). Mon whare, ton fare: Building a common house through translation in Pacific literatures. In J. Bessiere, S. Andre (Eds.) Littératures du Pacifique insulaire : Nouvelle-Calédonie, Nouvelle-Zélande, Océanie, Timor oriental : approches historiques, culturelles et comparatives (pp. 231-248). Paris, France: Honore Champion.
  • Ramsay, R. (2013). Multiculturalisme, métissage, et hybridité dans les productions littéraires de la Kanaky-Nouvelle-Calédonie. In J. Bessiere, S. Andre (Eds.) Littératures du Pacifique insulaire : Nouvelle-Calédonie, Nouvelle-Zélande, Océanie, Timor oriental : approches historiques, culturelles et comparatives (pp. 113-132). Paris, France: Honore Champion.
  • Ramsay, R. (2013). Indigenous literature in the Pacific: The question of the didactic in storytelling. In J. Shaw, P. Kelly, L. E. Semler (Eds.) Storytelling: Critical and creative approaches (pp. 42-55). New York, NY, USA: Palgrave MacMillan. Related URL.
  • Ramsay, R. L. (2012). Indigenous Women Writers in the Pacific: Déwé Gorodé, Sia Figiel, Patricia Grace: Writing Violence as Counter Violence and the role of Local Context. Postcolonial Text, 17 (1)
  • Ramsay, R. L. (2011). Quelle(s) place(s) pour les Littératures Océaniennes Francophones?. Paper presented at 25e Congrès mondial du CIEF (Conseil International d'Études Francophones), Univ. d'Aix-en-Provence. 29 May - 5 June 2011.
  • Ramsay, R. L. (2011). Indigenous Storytelling in the Pacific: the Question of the Didactic. Paper presented at AULLA Storytelling: Literature, Language, Culture, University of Auckland. 7 February - 9 February 2011.

Contact details

Primary location

CLL - Bldg 207
Level 4, Room 409B
18 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand