Dr Mary Besemeres

Honorary Lecturer, School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Biography 210304
  • Multicultural, Intercultural And Cross Cultural Studies 200209
  • Central And Eastern European Languages (Incl. Russian) 200304
  • Australian Literature (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Literature) 200502
  • Migrant Cultural Studies 200208
  • Comparative Literature Studies 200524
  • Other Language, Communication And Culture 2099

Research interests

Cross-cultural autobiography, contemporary life writing, bilingualism and migrant experience, travel writing, language, culture and emotion.


Mary Besemeres is the author of Translating One's Self: Language and Selfhood in Cross-Cultural Autobiography (Peter Lang, 2002) and refereed articles and book chapters on translingual and cross-cultural autobiography. With Anna Wierzbicka, she co-edited Translating Lives: Living with Two Languages and Cultures (UQP, 2007). She was founding co-editor, with Maureen Perkins, of the Routledge journal Life Writing, and now serves on its editorial board.

Researcher's projects

'Anglos Abroad: Memoirs of Immersion in a Foreign Language and Culture'. ARC Discovery Grant 2006-2008.

Research Associate on ARC grant 'English: Meaning, History and Culture', 2005-2009 (CI Anna Wierzbicka).


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