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Miss Laura Gallon

Post:Doctoral Tutor (English)
Other posts:Research student (English)
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Before starting my PhD, I earned a BA and an MA in English and American Studies from the University of Rennes (France), and spent part of my MA course at Nazareth College (Rochester, NY, USA). 

My current research, which is supervised by Dr. Denise Decaires Narain, explores how contemporary North American immigrant women writers from former colonies engage with the short story genre to raise issues of gender, race and identity. This involves a reflection on the formal features of the short story individually and the short story collection as a whole, and how both can be particularly accommodating for representing and discussing gendered experiences of diaspora. 

During my PhD, I undertook a three-month-long research placement at the British Library to assess their holdings in terms of North American migrant narratives. I am also a doctoral tutor for the school of English. 


Doctoral Researcher in the School of English

School Tutor


2016-Present. PhD English Literature (University of Sussex) 

2014-2016. MA English (Université de Haute Bretagne, Rennes 2, France & Nazareth College, Rochester NY).

2011-2014. BA English (Université de Haute Bretagne, Rennes 2, France) 


Teaching & Tutoring

Tutor: The Migrant Writer - MA course (Spring 2020)

Tutor: Representations of Ethnic Food in Popular Culture - Foundation course (Autumn 2019)

Tutor: Thinking Literature 2 (Spring 2019)

Tutor: Thinking Literature 1 (Autumn 2018)

Occasional Replacing Tutor: Jean Rhys, Jamaica Kincaid and the Postcolonial Caribbean (Autumn 2018)

Doctoral Research Mentor for the Junior Research Associate Programme (July-October 2018)

Co-Teaching: The Literatures of Africa (Spring 2018)

Selected Conference Presentations & Talks

"Genre, Gender and Ethnicity: Instagram's Identity Poetics", Reading #Instapoetry, University of Glasgow (May 27th, 2020). [invited]  

“Short Stories & Recipes: A Reflection on Food, Gender and Genre”, Short Fiction as Humble Fiction, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 (October 17-19, 2019). 

"A Space for Being: Cookbooks, Literary ‘Food Porn’, and Migrant Women", Summer Scholars, British Library (August 5th, 2019). [invited]

“The Migrant Suitcase in Contemporary Diasporic Literature in English, French and Italian: Unpacking a Highly-Charged Literary Symbol”, Objects in Focus, University of Sussex (May 9th, 2019).

“Migrant Suitcases at the Customs: Foreign Foods, Smells of Otherness and Porous Borders in Migrant Narratives,” British Association of American Studies, University of Sussex (April 26th, 2019).

"Cornflakes and Milk, and Egg Curry: Gender and Food in Migrant Fiction”, EGStravaganza (English Graduate Seminar), University of Sussex (April 11th, 2019).

“Collecting Contemporary North American Migrant Narratives at the British Library”, Staff Talks: British Library PhD Research Placements, British Library (August 23rd, 2018).

“Women Writing Diaspora: The Short Story”, Quick-fire Thesis, Alan Turing Institute and British Library (August 7th, 2018).

“Contemporary Short Fiction by North American Immigrant Women Writers”, American Studies Roundtable, School of English, University of Sussex (October 3rd, 2017).

"Crossing Spatial and Symbolic Borders in Shani Mootoo’s 'The Upside-Downness of the World as it Unfolds’", Between Borders: Exploring Spaces of Exclusion and Belonging in Global Migration, Migration Research Unit, University College London (June 9th, 2017).

‘“Americans Cook Things Right”: Cultural Assimilation in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The Arrangers of Marriage”’, Sussex Migration Graduate Conference 2017, Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex (26-27 April 2017).

Publications & Book Reviews

"Instapoetry: An Innovative Form Born Out Of Necessity", Voice Magazine, 03/10/2019.

"'[Insta]Poetry Is Not a Luxury': On the Urgency of Archiving the Diverse Voices of Social Media", Archivoz, 06/03/2019. 

[republished in the Copyright Licensing Agency's Higher Education Blog, 03/10/2019]

"Contemporary Feminism and Women’s Short Stories", Contemporary Women’s Writing, 2019. 

"Translating Cultures: French Caribbean History, Literature and Migration", British Library European Studies Blog, January 2019.

"Instapoetry & Twiction: Social Media, Short Form Migrant Writing and Collection Practices", British Library American Collections Blog, September 2018.

"Canada and Its Literature: A Tale of More Than Two Cultures 2/2", British Library American Collections Blog, August 2018.

"Canada and Its Literature: A Tale of More Than Two Cultures 1/2", British Library American Collections Blog, August 2018.

"Junot Diaz and the Decolonial Imagination (eds. Monica Hanna, Jennifer Harford Vargas & José David Salvidar, 2016)", Textual Practice, vol. 32, n. 4, March 2018, pp. 732-737.

Conference Organization

Chair: “Images and Ideas in Contemporary Fiction”, British Association for American Studies, University of Sussex (April 25-27, 2019).

Chair: “Extraction Then and Now: Integrating Contemporary Black Literature” by Christine Okoth (University of Warwick), English Colloquium, University of Sussex (February 20th, 2019).

Chair: “Which metaphors are embodied, when and by whom? Variation in the lived experience of metaphor” by Jeannette Littlemore (University of Birmingham), English Colloquium, University of Sussex (November 28th, 2018).

Helper: "Translating Cultures: French Caribbean History, Literature and Migration", British Library (September 24th, 2018).

Co-organiser: "East African Literary Cultures: from Writivism to Kintu and Beyond", School of English and Sussex Africa Centre, University of Sussex (April 10th, 2018).

Other Activities

Co-organiser of the Hidden Shelf Book Club at the University of Sussex (since September 2019)

Research Placement on Migrant Narratives at the British Library (June-September 2018)