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Coco is a vivacious and
enthusiastic romantic on a
determined search for the
one true love of her life. 

In the words of the sublime Coco Chanel,
“A girl should be two things, classy and fabulous!”

Diary of a French Girl

A‌ ‌French‌ ‌girl‌ ‌after‌ ‌my‌ ‌own‌ ‌heart! Is‌ ‌this‌ ‌my‌ ‌mirror‌ ‌image?‌ ‌I‌ ‌winced‌ ‌with‌ ‌pain‌ ‌as‌ ‌Natalie‌ ‌traversed‌ ‌the‌ ‌transitional‌ ‌phase‌s ‌of‌ ‌Culture‌ ‌Shock‌ ‌in‌ ‌Australia,‌ ‌blushed‌ ‌with‌ embarrassment‌ ‌at‌ ‌her‌ ‌perennial‌ ‌faux‌ ‌pas,‌ ‌and‌ ‌laughed‌ ‌uncontrollably‌ ‌at‌ ‌her‌ ‌hilarious‌ ‌escapades.‌ ‌Beware!‌ ‌Humour‌ ‌does‌ ‌not‌ ‌travel!‌ ‌Are‌ ‌you‌ ‌ready‌ ‌to‌ ‌join‌ ‌Natalie‌ ‌on‌ ‌her‌ ‌journey?‌ ‌

Intercultural Mirrors.
Dynamic Reconstruction of Identity

Do we need others to know ourselves?
Plato’s fascinating idea, that the mirror image provided in the eye of the other person was an essential contributor to self-knowledge is intriguing. Riveting‌ ‌narratives‌ ‌and‌ ‌academic‌ ‌pieces‌ ‌will‌ ‌enthral‌ ‌you, ‌undoubtedly‌ ‌triggering‌ ‌pent-up, ‌unforgettable‌ ‌emotions‌ ‌from ‌your‌ ‌life‌ ‌journey. Who knows? You may be compelled to tell your own story…

Women & War: Opening Pandora’s Box

Brave‌ ‌enough‌ ‌to‌ ‌open‌ ‌Pandora’s‌ ‌Box?‌ ‌Gut-wrenching‌ ‌narratives‌ ‌depict ‌the‌ ‌plight‌ ‌of‌ ‌brave‌ ‌women‌ ‌mourning‌ ‌their lost‌ ‌soldier; ‌‌and ‌those‌ who care for ‌revered,‌ ‌tormented‌ ‌returned‌ ‌souls‌ – now mere‌ ‌shells‌ ‌of‌ ‌the men‌ who ‌marched ‌off‌ ‌to‌ ‌‌wars‌ ‌they‌ ‌did‌ ‌not‌ ‌wage. These women ‌fight their own battles as they ‌face‌ ‌the‌ ‌spectre‌ ‌of PTSD, manifest through the traumas of war.

Victim Victorious:
From Fire to Phoenix

Heart-wrenching, thought-provoking, empowering!
Can victims rise above the challenges they face? What if they enabled strength, stoicism and resilience to remodel their identity? To re-shape their personal narratives? To heal psychologically and spiritually? Read on….

A‌ ‌wise‌ ‌man‌ ‌once‌ ‌told‌ ‌me:‌ ‌
“If‌ ‌you‌ ‌rest‌ ‌on‌ ‌your‌ ‌laurels,‌ ‌they‌ ‌are‌ ‌probably‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌wrong‌ ‌place!”‌

Marie-Claire Patron

Further Publications

The Legacy of the Baby Boomers or the French Social System

How can French graduates escape the inexorable outcome of their tertiary studies?  ‌Especially when precarious employment conditions relegate them to the status of intellectual underclass? 

Coco Through the Looking Glass

Coco, 50 something seeks true love on the internet. All Prince Charmings are encouraged to apply. See the colourful characters her online dating uncovers.

Culture and Identity in Study Abroad Contexts.
After Australia, French without France.

What impacts does the cyclical process of adaptation and repatriation have on perceptions of identity of academic sojourners? The implications for academic mobility are notable.