About Associate Professor Michelle Royer

Michelle Royer’s research interests include: Films Studies French cinema World cinema Film stars studies Socio-political cinema Francophone cinema Feminist film theory Marguerite Duras’ films, novels and autobiographic writing Marguerite Duras and the French media Senescence in cinema Creative processes

Associate Professor Michelle Royer has been working at the University of Sydney for over a decade and is the Chair of the Department of French and Francophone Studies. Her research has focused on the work of 20th century writer and filmmaker Marguerite Duras and on French and World Cinema.
She has published extensively in French and English on Marguerite Duras’ cinema, using postcolonial and gender theories, on socio-political cinema and on stars studies. She is currently working on two research projects: on tactility and sensoriality in the films of Marguerite Duras and on senescence in World Cinema.
Her most recent book publication is a monograph entitled The Cinema of Marguerite Duras: Feminine Subjectivity and Sensoriality, published by Edinburgh University Press in 2019.
Associate Professor Michelle Royer is happy to supervise Honours, MA and PhD theses in any area of French, Francophone and world cinema, on film festivals (particularly French) and on any aspect of the work of Marguerite Duras.
Recent supervised research projects include:
Annabelle Doherty: ‘French Heritage Film and Cinematic Cultural Memory’.Joel Mak: Nationalist Quebecois Discourse during the Québec ‘Printemps érable’Lucy Benjamin: Guilt in Post-war French CinemaCassie Hearn: Simone de Beauvoir and Sylvia Plath (Mphil ICLS)Kari Hanet: ‘Hollywood remakes French films (1990-2010); the remake as culturaltranslation?’ (awarded in 2013)Miriam Thompson: ‘Rebellious maids in French Film’ (Awarded in 2013)

Selected publications

Royer, M. (2019). The Cinema of Marguerite Duras: Feminine Subjectivity and Sensoriality. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press
Royer, M. (2019). L'experience spectatorielle a l'aune des neurosciences. Les films de Marguerite Duras. In Olivier AMMOUR-MAYEUR, Florence de CHALONGE, Yann MEVEL and Catherine RODGERS (Eds.), Marguerite Duras. Passages, croisements, rencontres, (pp. 225-237). Paris: Classiques Garnier.

Royer, M. (2018). Review - The Body and the Screen: Female Subjectivities in Contemporary Womens Cinema by Kate Ince. Europe Now: A Journal of Research and Art, (14).
Bandhauer, A., Royer, M. (2015). Introduction: Star Studies and World Cinema. In Andrea Bandhauer, Michelle Royer (Eds.), Stars in World Cinema: Screen Icons and Star Systems Across Cultures, (pp. 1-10). London: I.B. Tauris.
Royer, M. (2015). Mystère, intellectualisme, authenticité et impertinence: Isabelle Huppert en jeu. Australian Journal of French Studies, 52(2), 149-161. [More Information]Royer, M. (2015). Review - Le Jour se lève: French Film Guide. New Zealand Journal of French Studies, 36(1&2), 171-173.
Royer, M. (2015). Star Embodiment and the Lived Experience of Ageing in Cinema: The Case of Amour. In Andrea Bandhauer, Michelle Royer (Eds.), Stars in World Cinema: Screen Icons and Star Systems Across Cultures, (pp. 199-212). London: I.B. Tauris.
Bandhauer, A., Royer, M. (2015). Stars in World Cinema: Screen Icons and Star Systems Across Cultures. London: I.B. Tauris.
Royer, M. (2014). Figures de l'hybridation dans les films de Marguerite Duras. In Florence de Chalonge, Yann Mevel, Akiko Ueda (Eds.), Orient(s) de Marguerite Duras, (pp. 191-205). Amsterdam: Rodopi.
Royer, M. (2014). Le rire et la gaiete dans le cinema de Marguerite Duras, des antidotes a son << charme mortifere >>. In Cecile Hanania (Eds.), Marguerite Duras: Le rire dans tous ses éclats, (pp. 169-181). Amsterdam: Rodopi.
Royer, M., Thompson, M. (2013). Mobility and Exile in Claire Denis's 35 rhums. In Michael Gott, Thibaut Schilt (Eds.), Open Roads, Closed Borders: The Contemporary French-Language Road Movie, (pp. 187-201). Bristol: Intellect.