Dr. Avril Tynan

KWI International Fellow

Academic Career

  • 2022- Researcher, Department of Comparative Literature/SELMA Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory, University of Turku, Finland
  • 2019-2021 Postdoctoral Researcher, Turku School of Advanced Studies, University of Turku, Finland
  • 2016-2018 French Language Tutor, School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • 2016 PhD French Literature, School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Royal Holloway, University of London

Research Interests

  • French literature
  • Comparative literature
  • Critical medical and health humanities
  • Dementia, ageing and illness
  • Trauma and memory studies
  • Narrative interpretation

Publications (Selection)

  • Tynan, A. 2022 [in press]. “Overreading Illness: Interpretation and Narrative Absence.” Storyworlds 11(2).
  • Tynan, A. 2022. “Demythologizing de Gaulle: History as Myth and Myth as Hermeneutic in France after Vichy and Algerian Independence.” Nottingham French Studies 61(1): 1–16. DOI: 10.3366/nfs.2022.0335
  • Tynan, A. 2021. “Play and Possibility: Olivia Rosenthal’s We’re not here to Disappear and the Limits of Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease.” Narrative Works 9(2): 135–151. DOI: 10.7202/1076529ar
  • Tynan, A. 2020. “Mind the Gap: From Empathy to Erasure in Narrative Fiction.” Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies 14(3): 353–369. DOI: 10.3828/jlcds.2020.22
  • Tynan, A. 2020. “Winding Down, Living On: The Future in Old Age.” Storyworlds 10(1–2): 47–70. DOI: 10.5250/storyworlds.10.1-2.0047
  • Tynan, A. 2020. “‘Que peut la fiction?’ [‘What Can Fiction Do?’] Storying the Unexperienced Experience in Jorge Semprun’s Fiction.” Modern Language Review 115(1): 46–62. DOI: 10.5699/modelangrevi.115.1.0046
  • Tynan, Avril. 2020. ‘The German Occupation of France, 1940–44.’ In The Routledge Companion to Literature and Trauma. Edited by Colin Davis and Hanna Meretoja. Abingdon: Routledge. pp. 374–384.