Kaliane Ung

  • Visiting Assistant Professor
  • she/her/hers


PhD, French Literature, Thought and Culture, New York University
MA, Philosophy, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
MA, Comparative Literature, University of Edinburgh
BA, French and English Literature, Université Aix-Marseille

Research and teaching interests

20th and 21st century French and francophone literature; writing and performing the self; disability studies; health humanities; feminism; environmental humanities


Kaliane Ung holds a Ph.D in French Literature, Thought and Culture from New York University, as well as an MA in Philosophy from the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne and a M.Sc in Comparative Literature from the University of Edinburgh. She was born in Paris and grew up in Martinique. 

Her book project Wounded Writings: Disability in Modern and Contemporary France focuses on first-person accounts of disability across literary genres. It argues that writing (in the large sense) is a tool for survival when illness and suffering alter the body. It claims that in modern France, the wound becomes a site of enunciation as well as a site of transformation through the performative act of writing the ailing self. It defines performativity as the way in which the text transforms the body and invents new patterns of resilience and plasticity after the disabling event. By investigating writing as a performative and transformative act, it offers a reassessment of agency, via self-invention, in the face of adversity.

As a feminist, she is particularly interested in the links between animality and gender/queer studies in francophone literature.

In 2022, she co-edited a special issue of Simone de Beauvoir Studies on “Situating Masculinities” with Dr. Todd Reeser.

As a former performer, she encourages creative projects in all her courses. 

She regularly publishes fiction in Montréal. 

Selected Fellowships 

2020        Princeton University Library Research Fellowship 
2018        Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship

Selected Publications

“Violette Leduc’s feminist flâneries.” Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature 46.1 (2022)

“Joë Bousquet, crip exemplaire ? Poétique et éthique de la blessure de guerre.” L’Esprit créateur 61.4 (2021)

Mon désir fou de cinéma: Jean Marais et Isabelle Adjani sous la plume de Violette Leduc et Hervé Guibert.” Sens public (online, 2021) 

“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
FR88 – Ailing Bodies: Narratives of Health and Illness (cross-listed with GSWS, included in the Health Humanities Certificate and the Certificate in Disability Studies)
FR1022 – Creative Writing Workshop in French
FR1023 – Theatre Workshop in French
FR1025 – The Idea of France
FR2715 – Transatlantic Dialogues: French and American Feminisms (graduate seminar, cross-listed with GSWS)
FR2715 – Corporealities/Textualities (graduate seminar)
FR2703 – Animality, Sex, Gender (graduate seminar, cross-listed with GSWS)