(on leave 2014-15)

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Duke University, North Carolina

Research Interests

  • 20th- and 21st-century French literature
  • Poetry and poetics
  • Literary history and theory
  • Avant-garde and experimental approaches to literature
  • Literature, sociology and politics
  • Film studies
  • Québec literature and culture

Teaching Specialties

  • French language and culture
  • Contemporary literature and cinema
  • Cultural and political views on society
  • Representation and performance of identity and the body
  • Violence and marginality

Selected Publications


Co-Editor with Éric Trudel. "Tout peut servir." Pratiques et enjeux du détournement dans le discours littéraire aux XXe et XXIe siècles. Québec: Presses de l'Université du Québec, 2012.

Une feuille seulement. Laval (Québec), Canada: Trois, 2003. (Collection of poetry)

Poèmes délirants, sujets disloqués. Formes de la déviance dans l'écriture poétique contemporaine (a study of the relationship between negativity and failures in contemporary French poetry and the status of the subject, with a focus on cultural, intellectual, corporal and linguistic deviances). (In progress)


"L'Œuvre assassine d'Éric Chevillard." French Forum. (Forthcoming 2014)

With Logan Connors and John Westbrook. "Three Strategies for Promoting Intellectual Engagement in Advanced Undergraduate Seminars." The French Review 88.1. (Forthcoming 2014)

"Christian Prigent poète hors-la-Langue." L'Illisibilité en questions (Autour de M. Deguy, J.-M. Gleize, C. Prigent et N. Quintane). Eds. Bénédicte Gorrillot and Alain Lescard. Lyon, France: ENS Éditions. (Forthcoming 2014)

"Valère Novarina érudit réducteur et collectionneur d'idioties." "Tout peut servir." Pratiques et enjeux du détournement dans le discours littéraire aux XXe et XXIe siècles. Eds. Nathalie Dupont and Éric Trudel. Québec: Presses de l'Université du Québec, 2012. 121-35.

"Bêtes de langue." Spec. issue "Uncanny Poetry," L'Esprit Créateur 49:2, summer 2009: 163-76.

"La Tuyauterie poétique de Christian Prigent: trame ventriloquée et phrasé glottique." Spec. issue "French Studies Today," Contemporary French and Francophone Studies 10:2, March 2006: 127-40.

"Poèmes délirants, sujets disloqués." Dérives et déviances: Proceedings of the CRLHOI International Colloquium, Université de la Réunion, May 5-7, 2004. Ed. Corinne Duboin. Paris: Le Publieur, 2005. 133-42.


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