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The Politics of Langauge in World Literature 

My research examines how French and English-speaking novelists outside of France and England have reclaimed and transformed these conventionally elite languages as vehicles of anti-imperialist protest. Using as a theoretical springboard the manifesto Pour une “littérature-monde” en français (Le Bris 2007), according to which World Literature is neither universal nor homogenised in the way some theorists suggest, my research argues that contemporary World Literature is a site of resistance that de-stabilises traditional, literary canons. By exploring the politics of language in these two contexts, I hope to re-situate World Literature as a strategic site of ethical and aesthetic intervention, where the languages of French and English have the potential to become linguistically deterritorialised from their nation states. 

Research Interests

• World Literature 
• Comparative Literature 
• Postcolonial Literature and Theory
• Translation Studies 
• Literary language politics in contemporary novels


I have experience in teaching (both online and in-person) undergraduate students in the French Department at QUB, on the FRH1101 module: Comprehension, Translation and Writing.


I can be contacted at: lkennedy39@qub.ac.uk

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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