DR Tess Do

DR Tess Do


  • Cultural Studies (Food, Identity, Exoticism, Crime Fiction, Vietnamese Diaspora)
  • Literary Studies (Francophone literature, Indochina, Postcolonialism, Migration)



  • Tess Do started her academic career at Griffith University and the University of Queensland – where she completed her postdoctoral study – before joining the French Department at the University of Melbourne in 2001. She has published articles and book chapters on Linda Lê, Anna Moï, Thanh-Van Tran-Nhut, Azouz Begag, Béatrix Beck (France), Jean Vanmai (New Caledonia), Le Hoang (film director, Vietnam). Her current research focuses on crime fiction and the areas of food and cultural heritage, in particular, the role food, war and memory play in the post-colonial migrant experience (Kim Thuy, Nam Lê).   


Member of

  • Nouvelles Etudes Francophones. Member 2010 -
  • The Australian Society of French Studies. Secretary 2007 -
  • Women In French. Member 1998 -


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Western Ontario 1998
  • MA, University of Auckland 1991
  • BA(hons), University of Auckland 1989



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My research interests focus on Francophone literature, Indochina, crime fiction and the areas of food and cultural heritage, in particular, the role food and memory play in the post-colonial migrant experience. Past supervision (with Dr Birgit Lang): Alex Kurmann, Lecteur idéal, Lecteur Imaginaire. The Intertextual Relationship Fostered by Linda Lê with an Imaginary Ingeborg Bachmann. (Ph.D. thesis; Year of completion: 2014) Current supervision (with A/P Jacqueline Dutton): Anna Varghese, Just another stereotype? Relationships between the self and other in contemporary popular French fiction. (Ph.D. thesis) Jesse Welton, 'African speech, European words': a comparative study of language use in sub-saharan african literatures of French and English expression. (Ph.D. thesis)