Dr Amy Hubbell

Senior Lecturer

School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
a.hubbell@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56890

Overview

Amy is a specialist in Francophone autobiographies of exile and trauma. She is author of Hoarding Memory: Covering the Wounds of the Algerian War (U of Nebraska P, 2020), Remembering French Algeria: Pieds-Noirs, Identity and Exile (U of Nebraska P, 2015), and A la recherche d'un emploi: Business French in a Communicative Context (Hackett, 2017). She has co-edited several volumes including Places of Traumatic Memory - a Global Context (Palgrave Macmillan 2020), The Unspeakable: Representations of Trauma in Francophone Literature and Art (2013), and Textual and Visual Selves: Photography, Film and Comic Art in French Autobiography (U of Nebraska P, 2011). She is currently working on her new project, Terrorism Testimony: French Narratives of Survival.

Research Interests

  • Terrorism Testimony
    How do terrorism survivors of the Algerian War (1954-1962) and more recently the Charlie Hebdo and 13 November attacks in Paris (2015) talk about their survival in both personal and national contexts? What memory remains and what can be said after unspeakable terror occurs? How do they navigate newly physically and mentally disabled bodies in public and private spaces?
  • Exile and Nostalgia
    How does exile from one's home country result in nostalgia for the past? How is the former homeland recreated through literary expression and fixed in time? These are questions I address in my 2015 book Remembering French Algeria: Pieds-Noirs, Identity and Exile.
  • Memory and Trauma Studies
    How is memory relayed through autobiography both immediately and many years after a traumatic event? These are the main themes underlying my research about French Algeria and Pied-Noir literature.

Research Impacts

My current research focusses on how traumas from war, migration and terrorism are articulated in Francophone literature and art. In many instances the artists and authors who speak out about their own and their community's suffering have accumulated numerous fragments from what they have endured. In their attempts to preserve and share the trauma memory, repeating and layering occurs, often resulting in the reverse effect of covering over what they set out to lay bare. If these stories are not shared and received, healing for the individual and for the community cannot be completely achieved.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. Romance Language and Literature: French, MICH.
  • Master of Arts French, MICH.
  • Bachelor of Arts French, Truman State University

Publications

  • Hubbell, Amy L. (2020). Hoarding memory: covering the wounds of the Algerian War. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska. doi: 10.2307/j.ctv17vf58z

  • Hubbell, Amy L. (2020). Remembering the 5 July 1962 Massacre in Oran, Algeria. Places of Traumatic Memory: A Global Context. (pp. 219-240) edited by Amy L. Hubbell, Natsuko Akagawa, Sol Rojas-Lizana and Annie Pohlman. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-52056-4_11

  • Michel-Chich, Danielle and Hubbell, Amy L. (2020). Excerpts from Letter to Zohra D.. Exchanges: Journal of Literary Translation.

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Book Chapter

  • Hubbell, Amy L. (2020). Remembering the 5 July 1962 Massacre in Oran, Algeria. Places of Traumatic Memory: A Global Context. (pp. 219-240) edited by Amy L. Hubbell, Natsuko Akagawa, Sol Rojas-Lizana and Annie Pohlman. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-52056-4_11

  • Hubbell, Amy L., Rojas-Lizana, Sol , Akagawa, Natsuko and Pohlman, Annie (2020). Acknowledging trauma in a global context: narrative, memory and place. Places of traumatic memory: a global context. (pp. 1-12) edited by Amy Lynn Hubbell, Natsuko Akagawa, Sol Rojas-Lizana and Annie Pohlman. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-52056-4_1

  • Hubbell, Amy (2015). Accumulating Algeria: Recurrent images in Pied-Noir visual works. Framing French Culture. (pp. 209-227) edited by Natalie Edwards, Ben McCann and Peter Poiana. Adelaide, South Australia: University of Adelaide Press.

  • Hubbell, Amy (2013). Separation and return in the intellectual work of the Pieds-Noirs. The Contemporary Francophone African Intellectual. (pp. 71-92) edited by Christopher Hogarth and Natalie Edwards. Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  • Hubbell, Amy L. (2013). The words that say it: Pied-Noir women confronting Algerian memory. Women Taking Risks in Contemporary Autobiographical Narratives. (pp. 103-116) edited by Anna Rocca and Kenneth Reeds. Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  • El Nossery, Névine and Hubbell, Amy (2013). Transmitting the unspeakable through literature and art. The Unspeakable: Representations of Trauma in Francophone Literature and Art. (pp. 1-20) edited by Névine El Nossery and Amy L. Hubbell. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  • Hubbell, Amy (2013). Unspoken Algeria: Transmitting traumatic memories of the Algerian war. The Unspeakable: Representations of Trauma in Francophone Literature and Art. (pp. 305-324) edited by Nevine El Nossery and Amy L. Hubbell. Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  • Edwards, Natalie, Hubbell, Amy L. and Miller, Ann (2011). Introduction: Textual visual selves. Textual and visual selves: Photography, film and comic art in French autobiography. (pp. 1-15) edited by Natalie Edwards, Amy L. Hubbell and Amy Miller. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press.

  • Hubbell, Amy L. (2011). L'Algerie recurrente et l'Algerie errante dans l'ecriture des Francaises d'Algerie. Frictions et devenirs dans les écritures migrantes au féminin: Enracinements et renégociations. (pp. 29-47) edited by Anna Rocca and Névine El Nossery. Saarbrücken, Germany: Éditions Universitaires Européennes.

  • Hubbell, Amy L. (2011). Viewing the past through a ‘nostalgeric’ lens: Pied-Noir photo-documentaries. Textual and visual selves: Photography, film and comic art in French autobiography. (pp. 167-187) edited by Natalie Edwards, Amy L. Hubbell and Amy Miller. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press.

  • Hubbell, Amy (2010). Dual, Divided, and Doubled Selves: Three Women Writing between France and Algeria. This 'self' which is not one : Women's life writing in French. (pp. 35-46) edited by Natalie Edwards and Christopher Hogarth. Newcastle, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  • Hubbell, Amy (2009). Returning to the Baobab fou: (Dis)integrating roots in Ken Bugul’s and Marie Cardinal’s autobiographies. Emerging perspectives on Ken Bugul: From alternative choices to oppositional practices. (pp. 81-99) edited by Ada Uzoamaka Azodo and Jeanne-Sarah de Larquier. Trenton, N. J.: Africa World Press.

  • Hubbell, Amy (2008). Slipping home in Marie Cardinal's Ecoutez la mer. Gender and Displacement: "Home" in Contemporary Francophone Women's Autobiography. (pp. 34-45) edited by Natalie Edwards and Christopher Hogarth. Newcastle, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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