Alison Rice

Chair of Romance Languages and Literatures and Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Alison Rice


M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Research Profile

Professor Rice specializes in 20th- and 21st-century Francophone literature. Her teaching and research interests include autobiography, critical theory, postcolonial studies, immigrant and second-generation literature, translation theory, contemporary women's writing, music in literature, and "Francophonie" in a large sense. Her first book, Time Signatures: Contextualizing Contemporary Francophone Autobiographical Writing from the Maghreb (Lexington Books 2006), closely examines the work of Hélène Cixous, Assia Djebar, and Abdelkébir Khatibi. Her second book, Polygraphies: Francophone Women Writing Algeria (University of Virginia Press, 2012), focuses on autobiographical writings by seven of the most prominent francophone women writers from Algeria today. Her current book project, inspired by a series of filmed interviews she conducted in Paris, explores the present proliferation of women writers of French from around the world.

Alison Rice is the author of a website, Francophone Metronomes, featuring filmed interviews with worldwide women writers in Paris:

Recent Publications Include:


“Activist cinéma-monde in Paris: Filming Foreigners in the French Capital.” Cinéma-monde: Decentred Perspectives on Global Filmmaking in France. Eds. Michael Gott and Thibaut Schilt (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018): 239-256.


“L’art d’écrire sans réserve: Made in Algeria de Zahia Rahmani.” Littératures maghrébines au coeur de la francophonie: Écrivains d’Algérie. Eds. Najib Redouane and Yvette Bénayoun-Szmidt (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2017): 321-333.


Tangled Tongues: Teasing Out Multiple Meanings in Translation.” MLA Volume on Approaches to Teaching the Works of Assia Djebar. Ed. Anne Donadey (New York: Modern Language Association, 2017): 150-156.


“Childless Mothers: Personal Perspectives from Francophone Women Writers.” Women’s Lives in Contemporary French and Francophone Literature. Eds. Florence Ramond Jurney and Karen McPherson (New York: Palgrave McMillan, 2016): 31-44.


“‘Exilées de famille’: Travelling Texts by Worldwide Women Writers.” Exiles, Travellers and Vagabonds: Rethinking Mobility in Francophone Women’s Writing. Eds. Kate Averis and Isabel Hollis (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2016): 71-92.


“Unsettling Scores: Making Music and Promoting Peace in the Written Work of Francophone Women.” Francosphères 5.2 (2016): 197-212.


“‘Dynamiser et dynamiter’: Un entretien avec Leïla Sebbar.” CELAAN Review. Special double issue on Leïla Sebbar. Ed. Ida Kummer. Volume 13, numbers 2-3 (Fall 2016): 200-219.


“The Names of Love: Untranslating Algeria in France.” Expressions maghrébines 15:1 (Summer 2016): 99-114.


“Modulating the Margins: Assia Djebar’s Life Work.” CELAAN Review. Special issue titled “Hommage à Assia Djebar: Sortir de la marge et du harem.” 12.3 (Fall 2015): 64-83.


Contact Information

175 Decio Faculty Hall
Mailing Address:
University of Notre Dame
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
343 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556