Diane Otosaka

Diane Otosaka


My PhD Project, entitled 'Between Distance and Proximity: Contemporary French and Francophone Holocaust Literature' is funded by a WRoCAH Network Studentship and is supervised by Prof Max Silverman (Leeds) and Dr Daniel Lee (Sheffield). As the Holocaust inevitably recedes from living memory, this project investigates whether contemporary French and Francophone Holocaust literature could be framed in terms of distance and proximity. This project looks specifically at texts that have been written in the last two decades, and by people who do not necessarily have personal memories of this traumatic event, stressing the ambivalent nature of their writings. Underpinning this research project is a reflection on notions of time and memory.

I am also the Education Outreach Fellow in French for the Educational Engagement Team at the University of Leeds and an editorial board member of the WRoCAH student journal. 

Research interests

Memory studies; literature; 20th-century French philosophy


  • MSc General and Comparative Literature, The University of Edinburgh, Distinction
  • BA English, Universit√© Rennes 2, France, First-class honours