Nathalie Dupont

Nathalie Dupont

Associate Professor of French
Director of French Studies
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Nathalie Dupont's research focuses on contemporary poetry and poetics, more precisely on the various forms and representations of deviance in experimental writing in post-1968 France. Fascinated by the thwarted portrayals of the writer often depicted in contemporary works, she has devoted most of her investigations to exploring writers' and theoreticians' accounts of identity and authorial figures, forms, and functions of poetic writing, as well as cultural discourses on society and politics found in these texts, drawing on theoretical motifs, such as détournement and dissidence, dislocation and dismantlement, animality and idiocy.

Crafted collaboratively with Éric Trudel, her essay collection "Tout peut servir." Pratiques et enjeux du détournement dans le discours littéraire aux XXe et XXIe siècles reflects upon what the Situationist International once called "détournement" and its various motifs and practices in modern and contemporary French literature. Her current book project addresses the preoccupation with obstacles, deviance, and failures inherent in language in the works of contemporary French writers, with an emphasis on corporal, intellectual, linguistic, and socio-cultural deviances.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., French & Francophone Studies, Duke University
  • M.A., Literary Studies, Université du Québec à Montréal
  • B.A., Communications (Film Studies), Université du Québec à Montréal

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)


"L'Œuvre assassine d'Éric Chevillard." French Forum 39.2-3 (Spring 2015).

"Valère Novarina – opus incertum." Valère Novarina. Littérature et théologie. Spec. issue of Littérature 176.1 (December 2014).

With Logan Connors and John Westbrook. "Three Strategies for Promoting Intellectual Engagement in Advanced Undergraduate Seminars." The French Review 88.1 (May 2014): 111-26.

"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." Uncanny Poetry. Spec. issue of L'Esprit Créateur 49.2 (Summer 2009): 163-76.

"La Tuyauterie poétique de Christian Prigent: trame ventriloquée et phrasé glottique." French Studies Today. Spec. issue ofContemporary 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.