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 january 2018)
“Letters on Loan: Antonin Artaud’s Correspondence with Jacques Rivière.”
diacritics (forthcoming 2018)
“Non-lieu (Blanchot exposé).” Critique, n°838 (March 2017)
“Separation Anxiety.” Bibliologia: the Book as Body, Petach Tikva Museum of Art (2016)
“Crise de quarantaine. (Semiotext(e) a quarante ans ! Vive Semiotext(e) !)”
Spirale, n°250 (Autumn 2014)
“Un siècle n’en finissant pas de finir. Fin-de-siècle et histoire dialectique.”
Fin(s) du monde. Ed. Claire Cornillon et al. Bologna: Pendragon (2013)
Bibliologia: the Book as Body. Exhibition catalog (coedited w/ Drorit Gur Arie).
Petach Tikva Museum of Art (March 2016)