New York University (2015), Ph.D.
Université Paris-3 (2007), M.A
Université Paris-3 (2006), B.A.
I teach intermediate to advanced classes on twentieth- and twenty-first century French language and literature composed in French. This field includes a vast corpus of texts written in France and its neighboring countries, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. In my intermediate classes, I use cultural and social issues in the contemporary francophone world as a springboard for student-centered conversations held in French. In my advanced classes, I offer courses about the shaping of modernity in the literary and intellectual landscapes. I teach exilic and diasporic literature and poetry; the ‘crisis’ of the novel; the relationship between text and image in avant-garde movements.
Focusing on twentieth-century literature, my research engages literary theory, ethnology, and aesthetics. In the past years, I devoted most of my time and attention to the works of Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), the subject of a book entitled Artaud: the Meaning of Reading to be published early 2018. In it, I propose to question the relationship between reading and interpretation. I am currently at work on a new book project, provisionally titled “The World in a Book, the Book in a Pocket” — a reflection weaving together books written in and/or about exile in French in the twentieth century. I focus my attention on the relationship between displaced writers and the book as a format, an object, and a territory. These writers include (among others) Aimé Césaire, Walter Benjamin, Edmond Jabès, Georges Perec, Jacques Derrida, Hélène Cixous and Dany Laferrière. In addition to my academic scholarship, I curate exhibitions. The first exhibition I co-curated at the Jewish Museums in Paris (2010) and Berlin (2011), Radical Jewish Culture, Musical Scene NY, examined the ways with which musicians from the 1990s underground music scene (John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Frank London, Anthony Coleman, David Krakauer, etc.) searched for new idioms in order to question the notion of a Jewish musical tradition. My second exhibition, Bibliologia, The Book as Body,explored the connections, associations and interactions between the book and the human body. It was held at the Petach Tikva Museum of Art in Israel in 2016.
Artaud, le sens de la lecture, Hermann (forthcoming 2018)
"Vrille, voyelle, verbe — lire Guyotat." Pierre Guyotat, edited by Donation Grau, Classiques Garnier (forthcoming 2018)
“Letters on Loan: Antonin Artaud’s Correspondence with Jacques Rivière.” diacritics, vol. 45, n°1 (forthcoming 2018)
“Separation Anxiety.” Bibliologia: the Book as Body, Petach Tikva Museum of Art (2016)