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Airelle Amedro

Airelle AmedroPhD French Studies

Email: airelle dot amedro at warwick dot ac dot uk


I am a PhD student in contemporary French literature. My project focuses on queer vulnerability in French contemporary narratives and is supervised by Professor Oliver Davis and Dr Douglas Morrey.


My research analyses the proliferation of references to vulnerability in contemporary queer French texts. Whilst previous understandings of queer vulnerability placed emphasis on forms of violence originating externally (e.g. social discrimination, physical aggressions), a new generation of queer French authors has shifted the emphasis towards an expression of vulnerability inherent to their queerness. Seeking to challenge a discourse which associates the expression of queer suffering with passivity and victimhood, by bringing these texts together alongside Jean-Luc Nancy’s affirmative philosophy for the first time, I will offer instead a narrative of vulnerability as a form of agency. I will do so by analysing the works of Louis (2014, 2018, 2021), Daas (2019), Debré (2018, 2020, 2022, 2023), Delabroy-Allard (2018), and Bouraoui (2005, 2016, 2018).

Research Interests

  • Queer literature
  • Contemporary French autofiction
  • Contemporary French Thought

Conference papers

  • Est-ce que ça n’effraie plus les cadavres’: Queer practices and necropolitics in the writing of Édouard Louis and Constance Debré', Society of French Studies Annual Conference, 2024.
  • ‘I wish I could have been a fag’: Queer literary networks in negotiation in Constance Debré’s works', Queer and feminist relationships in contemporary fiction of Romance cultures, University of Vienna, 25-27 October 2023.
  • ‘I don’t keep corpses’: On sustaining and resisting deadly literature in Constance Debré and Édouard Louis’s works', Spectres, spectrums and spectrality: New and interdisciplinary approaches to Comparative and World Literature, The British Comparative Literature Association Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Conference, University of Warwick, 12-13 October 2023.

Organised conferences and Events


FR1013: Modern French Language

FR2014: Modern French Language II Oral

Scholarships and Awards

Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, AHRC Doctoral Award, 2022-2026


Hypokhâgne A/L, Poitiers, France

BA (Hons) in French and German, King's College London, UK

MPhil in European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures, University of Cambridge, UK

Special issue dedicated to Constance Debré's work